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Hike for HHUGS
Join HHUGS on Saturday 2nd October for a unique brothers-only day trip to scale Snowdon, all whilst reflecting over Allah’s Ayat – both in His profound verses and in His Creation.
After a year of lockdown, this amazing journey through the highest mountains of England and Wales, promises mesmerising views, the chance to enjoy the camaraderie of good company and a spectacular spiritually uplifting day out, all in aid for a great cause!
Caught up in our daily hustle and bustle of urban life, it’s easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us that we take for granted. Sign up now to seize the chance to get out of the city, rejuvenate your soul and body, by ascending both spiritually and physically, surrounded by brothers on a journey of a lifetime.
As you stand on the summit, you will feel an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction knowing your efforts have been a beacon of light, uplifting the hearts of HHUGS families. Join us on a journey of reflection; rise and ponder on what surrounds you. Reflect on His Creation, marvel at the perfection that surrounds us in nature.
We know the climbing the highest mountain south of Scotland can sound daunting, so we’ve tried to simplify everything else for you, so you don’t need to sweat the tall stuff.
If you’d like us to mount you in, then all you need to do is register, and start fundraising. Each participant must raise a minimum of £250 to take part. A number of fundraising initiatives and support tools will be available for all participants to make the minimum target easily achievable!
Transport and lunch will be provided from London
When and where is this event taking place?
This event is taking place on Saturday 11th of September 2021. It is taking place at Snowdonia National Park.
How long is the journey to Snowdon?
We aim to reach Snowdonia by 10.30am. The journey is 6 hours from London including breaks and stops.
Where is the London Meeting Point?
The London meeting point will be a location in SW2. Details will be provided to you upon registration.
Can the meeting times be negotiated?
No. Please be on time at the designated meeting points. The transport will leave at the scheduled times. Please consider leaving slightly earlier than normal.
Is lunch provided?
Yes, lunch will be provided by HHUGS for all attendees. Please do bring refreshments and snacks for breakfast and the journey.
Who can participate?
This trip is for brothers only.
Are there any age restrictions?
You must be aged 16+ to attend. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
How can I get there?
Minibuses and coaches will be leaving from London and Birmingham, and if there is sufficient demand from Bradford. Because of limited spaces, seats will need to be reserved at the time of registration.
If you cannot make it to our pick up points, you will have to arrange your own transport to the National Park.
If you’d like us to help arrange transport from another city then please contact us.
There is a large car park where you can park for £3 for the day. You can access Snowdonia Park from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are excellent too, and the same roads, the M6, M5 and M1, also bring North Wales within reach of the South of England.
The nearest railway service goes to ‘Llanberis, Gwynedd’. Train tickets can be bought online and we suggest www.traveline-cymru.info Please arrive at the Snowdonia Park by 10.30am 11th September to begin the walk. Our meeting point will be the car park opposite the Snowdon Mountain Railway Station in Llanberis.
Will we be staying in Snowdonia?
No, this is a one day trip. We aim to return home the same evening.
Will there be any professional guides?
Yes, there will be a sufficient number of experienced brothers in each group to guide you.
Will there be any qualified first-aiders?
Yes, there will be at least one qualified first-aider.
How long will it take to reach the summit?
We aim to complete the whole trek in approximately 6-7 hours and then make our way back.
Are there toilets on the way up?
Try to control what you eat for breakfast or the night before so you are not rushing for the toilet. There are no toilets on the way up but from previous experience, even after drinking a lot of water, a lot of it tends to be used up in re-hydrating your body.
Where can I make wudhu?
There are WC facilities near the car park where you can perform ablution. You are advised to do this before climbing and you may wish to pray near the car park.
When do we return home?
We aim to arrive back at 10pm on the day of departure.
How much do I have to raise?
You will have to raise a minimum amount of £250 in order to participate.
Is there a registration fee?
Yes, there is a registration fee of £25 which needs to be paid by 11th September.
I have never fundraised before, where do I start?
There are many ways to fundraise and when you sign up, we will give you great ideas and we are always at hand to give you further support.
Easy. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you register and will be added to our very own leaderboard system, the first gaming leaderboard to be created by any charity! To make it that much easier, we can even do that for you!
Once you’ve set your target, share the page with your friends, family and colleagues. It’ll have all the details of the challenge you’re taking on – and allows people to sponsor you and donate straight to HHUGS, quickly and easily online.
£250 may seem daunting at first, but it’s really as simple as getting 25 friends to donate £10.
If that’s a breeze, you can set your heights on a higher target – £500 or £1000 – easily achieved with just 20 friends donating £50.
Many novice fundraisers have doubted they could raise £250 but with sincere intentions, du’a and the help of Allah they went to raise £1000 in the space of a few days. Some went on to smash the target by raising £5000 or £10000!! So never underestimate what you can achieve!
We’re on hand to support and encourage you at every stage, and if you’re not a confident wordsmith, we can even provide template messages for you to share if you’re short of ideas. Remember to use all means at your disposal to share your page – WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and SMS. Some even made videos to encourage people, and got their parents and children to compete with them in the process! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced fundraiser, this method is tried and tested.
Here are a few tips:
Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. You could even create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!
Level up your profile – Add an image, complete your story and set your event date.
Kick-start your fundraising by donating to yourself. It’s a great way to begin your fundraising!
Set a target: Aim high and keep your friends and family updated on how close you are to reach your goal!
Spread the word. Once your page has been created you can share it with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. You can also share it via a SMS message, e-mailing your contacts, or sending a WhatsApp and Telegram broadcast to your friends and family. Don’t forget to share it on any groups that you’re on.
You can also share it on your story on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.
Change your profile picture on all your social media platforms to our very own fundraiser avatar. You can even add it to your email signature! And of course don’t forget the old fashioned way of speaking to friends and family on the phone too!
Let everyone know when the countdown to your challenge has begun by using our social media badges and sharing your page on your social media channels.
Use social media to promote your walk through status updates, posting photos as your train, or undertake your walk, making videos, sending messages. Encourage others to join you if it’s safe to do so and you’re in a group of six!
Think of fun ways to help donations roll in and the hours will fly by.
Ask for help! Don’t be afraid to ask for tips from other fundraisers on our WhatsApp groups or asking staff for ways to energise donors if you find you’re getting stuck.
Here are some other ways to help:
- Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend·
- Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising·
- Contact local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you·
- We can send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work if you’re back in the office, and even at the till of your local take away (with permission!). Order yours now at hhugs.org.uk/pennybox
- Even if a lot of events have ceased, you can still contact your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved to support your fundraising.
Remember, HHUGS are here to help so you can kick start your fundraising!
How do I send you the money from my fundraising page?
You don’t have to do anything. We receive it automatically whether you use our leaderboard, GiveBrite, JustGiving or MuslimGiving. Thank you!
Can I fundraise offline?
Of course you can. If people have given you your sponsor money in cash, or made a bank transfer to you, and you want us to add this to your page, simply pay it in yourself. Alternatively, you can simply click “Add cash donation” and we’ll be in touch to verify your offline donation before it is added to your page. You can send a cheque (with the reference Snowdon + Your name) with your completed sponsorship form to:
43 Berkeley Square,
What if I don’t reach my target?
We’re confident that after Allah’s help, with a bit of effort and with our support you can easily meet your target. And if you don’t manage to, for whatever reason, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts and intentions in the best season for the believer.
Can I set up a team page?
If you’d like to set up a team page, one member of the team can register in the team’s name or alternatively, each team member can register individually.
What is Gift Aid and does it really matter?
Make every £1 worth 25p more at no extra cost to you. It’s just a little box to tick but Gift Aid makes a huge difference when it comes to how much money we can raise to support families in the need right here in the UK.
To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax then the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all donations made in that tax year it’s your responsibility to pay any difference. The government will give a further 25% of your donation to the charity, and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors a thing.
This option will be there on your fundraising page, but if you could mention it to your sponsors, you could help raise much more money to support families torn apart by national security measures. Find out more about Gift Aid here.
What happens to the money I raise?
What are the benefits of taking part?
Aside from changing the lives of families, there are many benefits to trekking:
Physical health – As well as reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity keeps your body healthy and strong. It can help your blood pressure, help you to sleep better and keep your heart healthy. Hiking can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By getting into regular walking habit, you will feel more energetic and awake over time.
Mental health – Hiking can reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, reduce stress and build a greater sense of calm. Look after your mind as well as your body.
Pushing out of your comfort zone and achieving – Whether you walk along the coast, trek a mountain or take multiple flights of stairs, feel the rush as you tick off the miles towards completing your challenge.
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What should I do if I’ve forgotten my username and password?
Click here https://www.hhugs.org.uk/my-account/lost-password/ if you’ve forgotten your password on our sign up page. Follow the instructions on the email you receive to reset your password.
Still having trouble? Please contact us at [email protected] for help logging into your account.
I no longer want to take part?
Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0207 733 2104 if you can no longer take part. We regret that we will not be able to refund anyone who has already donated to support you and the registration fee is non-refundable.