Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SAMH Virtual Stomp?
The SAMH Virtual Stomp is a stair climbing challenge to complete at home or outside. Participants take on the challenge to climb up and down stairs whilst fundraising to support the work of SAMH.
Who is SAMH?
SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health. SAMH currently operates over 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, sport and physical activity; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change. For more information visit www.samh.org.uk.
Are there different routes available?
Yes, there are four route options for the event.
- Mini Stomp (Family Friendly) – 1,500 stairs e.g. up and down a flight of stairs approx. 58 times
- Classic Stomp (The Original) – 4,200 stairs e.g. up and down a flight of stairs approx. 323 times
- Extreme Stomp (The Toughie) – 7,500 stairs e.g. up and down a flight of stairs approx. 577 times
- Ultimate Stomp (The Mighty) – 22,500 stairs e.g. up and down a flight of stairs approx. 1,730 times
When is the event?
Choose your Stomp level and when you want to complete you challenge by, then just start counting your steps on any flight of stairs: it could be in your home, your flat stairwell or in your local park. You can take on your Virtual Stomp challenge any time over the year and once you decide on your start date you will have a week to complete. You can complete over the week or in one big session!
Do I have to be really fit to take part?
A basic level of fitness is advised to take on these routes. Please remember this is a stair climbing challenge and as such you should be able to climb stairs without over exerting yourself before registering to take part. Please note the Ultimate Stomp will be physically demanding. We’ve got a training plan to help you prepare for the event and there’s no time limit for the routes so you can take as long as you need in the week you have chosen to complete the event.
How much does it cost to enter?
It’s completely free to take part in the Virtual Stomp and all we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £100 per adult and £50 per child under 16 for SAMH.
How do I enter?
Click any of the 'Sign up' buttons across the website and you'll be taken to our registration page for Virtual Stomp.
Do I have to fundraise if I enter?
We ask that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £100 per adult and £50 per child under 16 for SAMH. We know that these are difficult times for many and we want as many people to take part as possible. The money raised will go a great way to improving the lives of many people in Scotland living with mental health problems so every penny is really appreciated.
Is there a time limit on the event?
You will have 1 week from your start date to complete.
What if I can’t complete the challenge in the time frame?
The great thing about Virtual Stomp is that you are able to complete it whenever suits you – the week is just a guideline. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are going to extend your challenge so we can support you.
Why haven’t I received a confirmation email after registering online?
Your confirmation email may take an hour or two to appear in your inbox or it may have gone into your junk mail. If you still haven’t received an email after 24 hours please contact us at email@example.com.
Can I take part as a team?
Yes. There is an option within the registration process to enter your team name and team members. If you are registering as a team this allows us to link you together even if you register at different times.
Once you’ve registered you can create a team fundraising page which your individual fundraising pages will link to – this will keep track of your overall challenge and fundraising total.
When will I receive my SAMH t-shirt?
Your SAMH t-shirt will be sent out shortly after registering. Please note that there are some delays with the postal service but we hope your t-shirt would reach you in time for you to start your challenge.
What are the Stomp t-shirt sizes?
All our t-shirts are unisex and the adult sizes run big on women and smaller on men.
Are there terms and conditions for the event?
Yes, these can be found here.
Can SAMH help me fundraise?
Yes! We have a range of fundraising tips and ideas to help you fundraise. Get in touch with a member of the team for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to set-up a JustGiving page?
JustGiving is an easy and reliable platform to enable you to fundraise for SAMH. Setting up a new, or connecting to an existing JustGiving account is mandatory in order to register for Stomp. Simply follow the process on the 'Sign Up' page and your JustGiving fundraising page will be created as part of the registration process.
How do I pay my funds raised to SAMH?
JustGiving automatically transfers your fundraising to us. If you have used sponsor forms and have cash sponsorship, get in touch so we can let you know the best options for paying in your funds. email@example.com
What should I wear?
Please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Comfortable and suitable clothing is recommend and we would love to see you in your SAMH t-shirt.
Where do you suggest I do my challenge?
You can now take part in the SAMH Stomp virtually anywhere! Just start counting your stairs on any flight of stairs: it could be in your home, your flat stairwell or in your local park. You can also take on your Virtual Stomp challenge over a few days or in one big session.
You could contact your workplace or local football or rugby club and ask if you could access their stairwell or stadium to complete your challenge – this is especially helpful if you wish to do this as a team.
Please remember to follow government guidelines at all times.
How long will it take to complete?
This depends on your fitness level and which challenge you have decided to take part in. It can take between 20 minutes for Mini Stomp to 6 hours for Ultimate Stomp. You can take part in the challenge across the week and it does not need to be completed in one day.
Will there be a warm up?
Yes! We will be sharing a virtual warm up with you - the link will be included in your welcome email. It will also be shared on the Stompers Facebook group.
How can I track the stairs I climb?
We will send you a downloadable tracking sheet that helps you calculate how many times you need to go up and down your staircase. There will also be room to record every staircase you have completed so you don’t lose track. There are also lots of fitness apps such as Strava that will help you track your stairs.
How do I get the achievement badges on my JustGiving page?
When you set up your JustGiving fundraising page, you will be asked which challenge you will be completing. Once you upload your progress, manually or through Strava, you will receive your badges when you meet certain milestones.
How do I let you know I have completed my challenge?
Record your progress on your Just Giving Page so we know when you have completed your Stomp or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
What happens once I complete my challenge?
Once you have completed your challenge, download your Stomp completion certificate from the participant pack and share it with your friends and family so they know how you got on.
Once we have received all of your funds we will send you an official thank you letter and certificate which will include the funds you raised in aid of SAMH.
I still have a question, can you help?
Yes! Email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to help.
Social Media and Virtual Stomp
Is there a group I can join to see how others are getting on and keep me accountable?
Yes! Request to join our Facebook group and we can add you in. The group is there for motivation and encouragement. We will occasionally share some messages as we get closer to the event date but all important information about Virtual Stomp will be emailed to participants.
Do I have to join the Facebook Group?
No. The group is optional for those that want to be part of our online Stomp community. All important information about Virtual Stomp will be emailed to participants.
I have some photos and videos I would love to share of me taking part in the challenge, where could I share them?
We love seeing where our Stompers are taking on their challenge so please share them with us. You can Tag us across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using the handles below. Don’t forget to use #SAMHStomp too. If social media isn’t your thing feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.