60 Star Jumps a Day Challenge FAQs

FAQs

Supporters raise money for Cancer Research UK by challenging themselves to do 60 star jumps a day across the month of June. 

June 1st – June 30th 

Click 'Join Group'. Once you're in, you can complete a form to get your free blue t-shirt, get tips for completing your Star Jumps, be inspired by other fundraisers and find out anything you want to know about the challenge. 

Yes! If you don’t have Facebook, you can set up a Cancer Research UK Online Giving Page using the link below and collect sponsorship for your 60 Star Jump a Day Challenge here: https://activities.cancerresearchuk.org/star-jumps-challenge-june-2024 

There is no entry fee for this challenge. Participants are required to collect any sponsorship to Cancer Research UK through their Online Giving Page. This will automatically be sent to Cancer Research UK once paid onto your fundraising page.. 

Yes, under 18s can take part in this challenge, but we do not market to them and any third-party platform forum (e.g. a Facebook forum) is only available to over 18s. If under 18s are taking part, their parent/guardian must consent to the child’s participation, supervise the challenge and accept responsibility for complying with the challenge rules. Currently we are unable to accept registration for a child, so the child’s parent/guardian have to register on the child’s behalf. Similarly, if a child wants to raise money online and/or join a forum, the child’s parent/guardian must register for an online fundraising page and/or join the forum on the child’s behalf. 

Participants register as an individual but can take on the challenge as a team and split the activity up as a group or all complete 60 Star Jumps a Day across the month. They can also set up a Team Giving Page and invite other registrants to join via the Cancer Research UK online fundraising site. 

To set up a team: 

  1. All your team will need to sign up to the 60 Star Jumps a Day Challenge so they each have their own Online Giving Page 

  1. Once everyone has signed up, log into your account 

  1. Hit the 'Create new team' button and follow the instructions 

  1. Once you've created your team, you can send the team page URL to friends and family so they can join too! 

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/practical-fundraising-help/set-up-a-cancer-research-uk-giving-page/cancer-research-uk-giving-pages-help/fundraising-as-a-team#12341 

Schools can take part but will need to sign up individually, they can make a team page after too, or sign up under a parent or guardian. 

Remember, if you’ve never done star jumps before (or not done it in a long time), then it may take some time to build up to a steady number. Always listen to your body and only push yourself as much as feels comfortable. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will build up your star jumps! 

Star jumps, also known as jumping jacks, are a great cardiovascular exercise that engages multiple muscle groups. To perform star jumps correctly, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Warm up Before starting any exercise, it's essential to warm up your muscles. Perform light cardio like marching in place or a few minutes of jumping rope. 

Step 2: Proper form 

  1. Starting position: Stand with your feet together and your arms by your sides. 

  1. Jumping position: Jump into the air, spreading your legs wider than shoulder-width apart. As you jump, raise your arms out to the sides and above your head, forming a star shape with your body. 

  1. Land softly: As you land, bring your feet back together and lower your arms back down to your sides. Land softly to reduce impact on your joints. Ensure to properly bend your knees when landing to ensure you have a softer landing and have less impact on your joints.  

Step 3: Breathing 

  • Inhale as you jump up and spread your legs and arms. 

  • Exhale as you return to the starting position. 

Step 4: Repetitions 

  • Start with a few repetitions (e.g., 10-15) and gradually increase as you build stamina and strength. 

Tips for correct execution: 

  • Keep your core engaged throughout the exercise to stabilize your body. 

  • Land softly with slightly bent knees to absorb impact and reduce strain on your joints. 

  • Maintain a steady pace to maximize the cardiovascular benefits. 

  • Keep your movements controlled and avoid excessive bouncing or jerking motions. 

Safety precautions: 

  • If you have joint issues or injuries, consult with a healthcare professional before performing star jumps. 

  • Start with low repetitions and gradually increase intensity as you get more comfortable with the exercise. 

  • Listen to your body and stop if you experience pain or discomfort. 

Whilst we encourage everyone to complete this challenge in June, this is a personal challenge, and you can start/finish your challenge at a time that is convenient for you. If you can’t complete your star jumps count on any day, then you can make up for it at any point of the month. 

 

You can complete the challenge in a way that suits you. There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you're doing something that challenges you, whether that’s all 60 star jumps in one go or split up over the day. However, you choose to complete the challenge and raise money, you’ll be helping us beat cancer. 

Don’t worry you can make up the star jumps on another day or extend your challenge into the following month if needed. Complete the challenge in a way that suits you.

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself so complete as much of the challenge as you can. Whether you complete the full 60 Star Jumps a Day for the whole of June or not, the money that you fundraise will allow Cancer Research UK to continue to fund life-saving research and we can’t thank you enough. 

We trust you! You don’t need to provide evidence that you’ve completed the challenge to us. Updating your friends and family on your online fundraising page is important! Make sure you keep them posted on your progress and share videos and photos throughout June – the more updates the better. Supporters who regularly post their progress raise 40% more on average. 

Complete the below form to receive your free blue t-shirt in the post. Once completed, please allow 15 working days for your blue t-shirt to arrive: https://activities.cancerresearchuk.org/star-jumps-challenge-june-2024 
 
If you have not received your blue t-shirt in this time, please contact: supporter.services@cancer.org.uk. In addition, if you’d like to purchase a CRUK t-shirt to wear whilst you complete your star jumps, you can do so here: https://shop.cancerresearchuk.org/product/cancer-research-uk-t-shirt 

We currently send out a blue t-shirt to all our supporters taking part so they can use it during their challenge and encourage donations for their efforts. However, if you do not wish to receive a blue t-shirt, you can simply set up a Giving Page, be part of the group and still take part!

To set up a giving page, please follow the link below: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/signup/?fundraising_page_type=204d3e5a-181d-45c5-addf-4ad7ca3876c0&channel=star-jump-challenge-june-2024

If you have any further questions please email supporter.services@cancer.org.uk or call 0300 1231022 (lines open 08:00 – 20:00 Monday to Friday and, 09:00 – 17:00 at weekends)

Of course, if the blue t-shirt  is unopened and unused, you can return them to the following address: 
 
APS Preston Brook 
Whitehouse 97 
Whitehouse Vale Business Park 
Runcorn 
WA7 3DL 
 
Please only return items which were sent to you by CRUK within the last 18 months and only which are in reusable condition that you would be happy to receive yourself. We ask that you do not return any paper materials or clothing as these items cannot be reused.

Sending out your blue t-shirt comes at a cost to Cancer Research UK so please only order one blue t-shirt to ensure as much money goes towards our life-saving research. We ask if you do request a blue t-shirt that you set up an Online Giving Page and donate to your page.

There is not a minimum amount of fundraising that we set for participants, but we recommend that supporters set a reasonable target of raising about £150. 

Online Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up here. 

It's then easy to share the page with your friends and family to gather sponsorship for your challenge. 

We have plenty of fundraising tools and ideas to help you raise life-saving donations. Please see our fundraising hub with everything you need from the challenge here:

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/60-star-jumps-a-day-challenge/60-star-jumps-a-day-challenge-fundraising-materials

You can use our Sponsorship form here to raise money rather than using an online method. Simply download and print off to keep track of all your sponsorship collected or pledged. Once you have completed your fundraising, please send the form with a cheque to:  

June 60 Star Jumps a Day Challenge, Cancer Research UK, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ. 

Please note we are currently experiencing a delay in receiving and processing donations so do bear with us if it takes a little longer than usual to receive an acknowledgment.   

This challenge is a fundraising initiative specifically developed by Cancer Research UK, and therefore all fundraising must go directly to the charity.  

Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer. This means Cancer Research UK can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated, without it costing you or your sponsors an extra penny. If the donation is eligible for Gift Aid, sponsors need to fill out the sponsor form, following the guidelines at the top of the page.

Unfortunately, medals come at a huge cost to the charity so we will not be sending these out. However, we will send all supporters a digital certificate and you can access digital badges to shout about your achievement on your socials. 

Keeping track of your star jumps as you go can get difficult, you could keep a rough idea in your head, ask a family member/friend to count them for you, open up a counter on your phone or tv. Don’t forget to post out about your progress regularly on your Socials and Online Giving Page to encourage donations! 

For star jumps you don't need any equipment. Just make sure you have comfortable clothing and enough space to move freely without any obstacle. 

Warming up properly before your star jumps will help prevent injury and should only take 5 or 6 minutes.  

  • March on the spot for up to 3 minutes - Start off marching on the spot and then march forwards and backwards. Pump your arms up and down in rhythm with your steps, keeping the elbows bent and the fists soft. 

  • Heel Dig for 1 minute - For heel digs, place alternate heels to the front, keeping the front foot pointing up, and punch out with each heel dig. Keep a slight bend in the supporting leg. 

  • Knee lifts for 30 seconds - To do knee lifts, stand tall and bring up alternate knees to touch the opposite hand. Keep your abs tight and back straight. Keep a slight bend in the supporting leg. 

  • Shoulder rolls for 2 sets of 10 repetitions - For shoulder rolls, keep marching on the spot. Roll your shoulders forwards 5 times and backwards 5 times. Let your arms hang loose by your sides. 

  • Knee bends for 10 repetitions - To do knee bends, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands stretched out. Lower yourself no more than 10cm by bending your knees. Come up and repeat. 

For more information and guidance on these warmups please see this NHS link

Stretching after your star jumps will help relax your body, slow your heart rate, improve flexibility, and minimise the chance of injury. 

  • Buttock stretch for 10-15 seconds 

To do a buttock stretch: 

  • Lie on your back and bring your knees up to your chest. 

  • Cross your right leg over your left thigh. 

  • Grasp the back of your left thigh with both hands. 

  • Pull your left leg towards your chest. 

  • Repeat with the opposite leg. 

  • Hamstring stretch for 10-15 second 

To do a hamstring stretch: 

  • Lie on your back and raise your right leg. 

  • Hold your right leg with both hands, below your knee. 

  • Keeping your left leg bent with your foot on the floor, pull your right leg towards you keeping it straight. 

  • Repeat with the opposite leg. 

  • Inner thighs stretch for 10-15 seconds 

For the inner thigh stretch: 

  • Sit down with your back straight and your legs bent. 

  • Put the soles of your feet together. 

  • Holding on to your feet, try to lower your knees towards the floor. 

  • Calf stretches for 10-15 seconds 

For the calf stretch: 

  • Step your right leg forward, keeping it bent, and lean forwards slightly. 

  • Keep your left leg straight and try to lower the left heel to the ground. 

  • Repeat with the opposite leg. 

  • Thigh stretch for 10-15 seconds 

To do a thigh stretch: 

  • Lie on your right side. 

  • Grab the top of your left foot and gently pull your heel towards your left buttock to stretch the front of the thigh. 

  • Keep your knees touching. 

  • Repeat on the other side. 

For more information and guidance on these stretches, please see this NHS link.  
 

The best surface for doing star jumps, or any similar high-impact aerobic exercise, should ideally be one that provides sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to protect your joints and reduce the risk of injury. Here are some suitable surfaces for performing star jumps: 

  • Exercise Mat or Fitness Flooring: Using an exercise mat or fitness flooring designed for impact can be beneficial. Look for mats that offer adequate thickness and cushioning to absorb impact when jumping. 

  • Gym Floor: If you have access to a gym or fitness studio, the floor surface there is typically designed to withstand impact from various exercises, including jumping movements like star jumps. 

  • Outdoor Track or Turf: Performing star jumps on a rubberized outdoor track or artificial turf can be a good option as these surfaces offer some level of shock absorption compared to harder surfaces like concrete or asphalt. 

  • Carpeted Floor: If you're indoors, a carpeted floor can provide moderate cushioning. However, ensure that the carpet is firm enough to support your bodyweight without causing instability. 

  • Yoga or Pilates Mat: While not as thick as some exercise mats, a yoga or Pilates mat can still provide a reasonable level of cushioning for performing star jumps, especially on indoor surfaces. 

Avoid these surfaces for star jumps: 

  • Concrete or Hard Pavement: Jumping on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt can lead to excessive impact on your joints and may increase the risk of injury, especially if done repeatedly or for extended periods. 

  • Uneven or Slippery Surfaces: Avoid surfaces that are uneven or slippery, as these can compromise your balance and stability during star jumps. 

Additional tips: 

  • Always wear proper footwear with good support and cushioning when doing star jumps to further protect your feet and ankles. 

  • If you're unsure about the suitability of a surface, test it out with a few gentle jumps first to assess how it feels on your joints. 

  • Choosing the right surface for star jumps is important to ensure a safe and effective workout. Opt for surfaces that provide adequate cushioning and shock absorption to minimize the impact on your body while performing this dynamic exercise. 

Facebook Fundraisers are automatically set up to only stay open for ten days. To make the most of your fundraising efforts, you need to change the end date to keep your fundraiser open throughout and after the challenge. To change the end date simply, click ‘More’ under the invite button, then click ‘Edit Fundraiser’. We recommend setting this date to at least a month after your challenge has ended so you can continue to collect vital donations for your efforts!

Unfortunately, once your Facebook Fundraiser has finished you cannot reopen the same fundraising page. However, you can create a new one and set the end date for past your challenge, so that you can continue receiving donations once you’ve finished your challenge: http://www.facebook.com/fund/cancerresearchuk/

To see your past fundraisers, go to the Facebook home page on a desktop and look underneath your name on the left-hand side - click fundraisers > your activity > scroll down the page until you reach "your past fundraisers"

Donating on Facebook is safe and secure and there is no fee taken from Facebook to set up a Facebook Fundraiser. If you have any suspicious charges, we recommend speaking directly to your bank. If you have any questions about your Facebook Fundraiser please contact Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/help 

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