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Tennis-a-thon

Grab your racket and join us on for a Tennis-a-thon to raise money for families affected by dementia

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Sign up to the Dementia UK Tennis-a-thon and challenge yourself to play tennis for as long as you can on Sunday 23rd July 2023 to raise awareness and vital funds for families facing dementia.  

Whether you’re smashing serves against the wall or snatching sets from family and friends, every ball you hit and penny you raise will help our specialist dementia nurses support more families when they need it most. 

Ready to sign up?

  1. Register now and don’t forget to let us know your organisation if you’re signing up on behalf of your club. We’ll send you one free t-shirt and you can order extra t-shirts for your club members in our shop.
  2. Set up your online fundraising page on JustGiving, or if you’re fundraising offline, let us know.  
  3. Tell everyone about your event by using some of our great Tennis-a-thon resources which you can download below

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Fundraising materials

We’ve got lots of fundraising materials which you can download and print to help you spread the word about your event and display on the day

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The easiest way to collect donations is to set up an online fundraising page on JustGiving. This can be shared easily with friends, family and colleagues – you’ll be amazed by how generous people can be.  

To boost your fundraising, why not organise some additional activities to run alongside your Tennis-a-thon challenge? This can help you smash your fundraising goals.  

Here are some ideas:  

  • arrange a raffle – we have a letter of authority that you can print out and take to local businesses to source prizes. Please email fundraising@dementiauk.org and we can send this to you
  • hold a sweepstake: you could ask people to guess how long your Tennis-a-thon will take, or the number of steps you’ll take on the court during your challenge 
  • organise a bake sale or summer barbecue at your event to bring in some extra donations on the day 
  • run a tennis tournament for a donation on entry: you can download and print the promotional poster from the link above to spread the word.

If you have raised money through JustGiving, the donations will come straight to us – so you don’t need to do anything.  

If you have collected cash donations, here’s how you can pay them in. 

  1. The easiest and quickest way to donate is online 
  2. Send a cheque made payable to Dementia UK to Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE. 
  3. Request our bank details to make a bank transfer by emailing fundraising@dementiauk.org. 
  4. Call 020 8036 5440 to make a payment by phone.

Once you’ve completed your challenge, we will send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work. 

What is the Tennis-a-thon? 

The Tennis-a-thon is a fundraising activity where we ask participants to challenge themselves to play tennis for as long as they can to raise vital funds and awareness for families facing dementia. 

When is the Tennis-a-thon and where can I take part? 

The Tennis-a-thon is taking place on Sunday 23rd July 2023, but you can choose to hold your event at any time that suits you. And you can take part wherever you like: at your local tennis court, in the park or sports centre.  

Why not let your local tennis club or council know about your fundraising event to see if they can allocate free court space for the day?

Are there spaces on courts booked for this event at tennis clubs? 

No, you will need to book your own court space for the day if you are taking part as an individual. Many clubs across the country are participating, so please do ask your local club if it is holding an event, and they may be able to allocate you a space 

I’ve just signed up. Now what?  

If you’ve registered for your t-shirt, you’ll receive this in the post along with your fundraising pack. We’ll also send you emails packed with tips to help you organise your event and raise vital funds. Our team is always happy to talk through ideas to help you raise more funds so do get in touch with us at fundraising@dementiauk.org  

Is there a fundraising target?   

There is no fundraising target for this challenge, however we do ask you raise as much as you can for families affected by dementia.

How do I get my free t-shirt?/When will I receive my pack?  

  1. Register for your free pack and select ‘yes’ when asked if you would like a free t-shirt. You can also order extra t-shirts for your club.
  2. Set up your fundraising page 
  3. Our packs are sent out weekly every Thursday. Please allow up to three weeks for yours to arrive.   

Can I get free t-shirts for my family?   

We send out one t-shirt per participant. If you would like to buy some additional Dementia UK branded clothing, please visit our shop. 

How do I raise money?  

The best way to raise funds is to create a JustGiving page – just head to the JustGiving website to create your own fundraising page.  

Once you have created your JustGiving page, be sure to share it with your family and friends via text, email and social media.  

If you would also like to take cash donations on the day, you can download our bucket labels or order a collection box by getting in touch with us at fundraising@dementiauk.org  

Where do my online donations go?  

All donations made to your fundraiser will be sent directly to Dementia UK by JustGiving. These vital donations will help to support families facing dementia.