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Tennis-a-thon 17th July

Challenge yourself to playing tennis for as long as you can on the 17th July for Dementia UK

Join our Tennis-a-thon Challenge Facebook Group

Do something amazing for families facing dementia, while getting outside and having fun alongside hundreds of other likeminded people.

What do you need to do?

  1. Join our Tennis-a-thon Challenge Facebook Group here
  2. Set up your Facebook fundraiser and spread the word about your amazing challenge
  3. Request your FREE Dementia UK t-shirt (you can do this on the Facebook Group)

It’s as simple as that!

Join our community group of virtual fundraisers today and support each other throughout the challenge while sporting our fabulous Dementia UK t-shirt! You can post updates on your progress and ask fellow participants for advice – we’re all in this together. Once you’ve completed your challenge, we’ll send you a virtual certificate as a thank you for all your hard work.

Every minute you spend playing tennis and every pound you raise will help to ensure that Dementia UK can be there for families and carers in their time of need.

We can’t wait to welcome you onto #TeamDementiaUK, let’s #DoItForDementiaNurses and take part in #TennisathonChallenge.

FAQs for participants

Q. I just signed up. Now what?

A. Firstly, join the Facebook Group we set up for this challenge. Click ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your Facebook fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge! The Facebook group will be monitored between 9am and 6pm weekdays and between 9am and 1pm at the weekends.

Q. How do I raise money?

A. Facebook fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. Once you’re logged into Facebook, you can set one up in a few seconds by following this link. It’s really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends. Don’t forget to include Tennis-a-thon in the title of your fundraising page and set the end date to 2nd August (otherwise your page will close after two weeks).

Q. Where do donations to my Facebook fundraiser go?

A. 100% of all donations will come directly to Dementia UK. The donations made in your Facebook fundraiser, will be sent directly to us by Facebook. All donations will be used to help us support families facing dementia through our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.

Q. What if I set up two fundraisers by mistake?

A. Ideally you would only have one fundraiser open for the challenge. You can remove, or hide fundraisers using the three dots when logged in to Facebook and on your fundraiser page. Alternatively, change the end date so one of the fundraisers closes early and you can focus your fundraising into one. Don’t worry if your page has donations on it already; all your donations on both pages will still come to Dementia UK and help us support families facing dementia.

Q. What happens if donations don’t appear on my fundraiser straight away?

A. We have found that normally when donations don’t appear on your fundraiser page, they will do within 48 hours. However, if your donation hasn’t appeared after this time there are a few different possibilities:

  1. Donations from other countries can take a lot longer to come through to Facebook and then to Dementia UK. This can be as much as weeks!
  2. The donation didn’t go through; has the money left your donor’s account? Please ask them to check
  3. PayPal takes up to three days to register onto your Facebook fundraiser
  4. Your sponsor didn’t donate to your fundraising page, but instead clicked the ‘donate now’ button which links to Dementia UK directly. It is an easy mistake to make, meaning the money will not show up on your Facebook fundraiser but will be sent directly to us as a donation. Ask your sponsor to check the receipt they were emailed directly from Facebook, as this will say whether they donated to your Facebook fundraiser, or straight to Dementia UK

If the problem persists then please email fundraising@dementiauk.org with the full name, email address and donation amount of each of your missing sponsors and we can do some extra investigation our end.

Q. How do I get my free t-shirt?

A. We’ll send you a t-shirt when you fill out this registration form. Please note, we can only send one t-shirt per participant, and we do not send packs outside of the UK. Packs can take up to 10 working days to arrive so please do register for your pack before the 7th of July to ensure your pack comes on time.

Q. If I don’t use Facebook can I still take part?

A. Absolutely simply download and print out a sponsorship form. Please don’t forget to ask your sponsors to fill out all the columns so we can claim up to 25% Gift Aid. If you cannot print, email fundraising@dementiauk.org and we will send you a sponsorship form in the post. Friends and family not on Facebook can donate this way too. Alternatively, you can set up a Just Giving page by clicking this link.

Q. How can I send in sponsorship money I’ve collected offline?

A. The easiest way to get cash donations to Dementia UK is by donating to yourself through your Facebook fundraiser, or you can use this donation page for our Tennis-a-thon challenge.

Please send cheques with a note including your full name, your email address that you use for Facebook and an explanation that you raised the money for the Tennis-a-thon Facebook Challenge to Dementia UK at the following address: Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE.

If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, then please email fundraising@dementiauk.org for the appropriate details. Alternatively, you can make a payment over the phone by calling 020 8036 5440.

Q. Where and how can I take part in the Tennis-a-thon Challenge?

A. The Tennis-a-thon challenge takes place on Saturday 17th July, and you can complete your challenge wherever you like, however you like! All we ask is that you set a goal and attempt to play tennis for as long as you can on the 17th July to raise funds and awareness for families facing dementia. Why not let your local council know about the challenge to see if they could organise space on their public courts or your local school if they have tennis courts. Alternatively, you could get creative if you don’t have access to a court and play against a wall, play in your driveway, or even create a makeshift net between two trees. You can make this challenge suit you!

The only requirement is that you must follow government guidelines on social distancing.

Q. What if I can’t complete the challenge on the 17th July, or I can’t complete the challenge?

A. We know that circumstances may arise whereby you might not be able to take part on the 17th. If you decide to take part in the challenge before or later than the 17th please just let us know and ensure that your sponsors have been made aware of this too. You will need to consider that if you want to take part before the 17th July, you must register for your pack asap to allow for at least 10 days for postage.

If you can’t complete the challenge, please let your sponsors know, and be clear about how far you’ve come in your challenge and make sure they are still happy for their donations to go to Dementia UK! Every time you are active and post about your challenge, you will help Dementia UK support more families facing dementia.

Q. Can I get free t-shirts for my family?

A. Unfortunately we have limited stock of Dementia UK t-shirts which means we can only send them out to registered participants.

Q. If I get injured, what do I do?

A. Injuries are unfortunately always a possibility in any challenge. It is very important that you seek professional medical advice if you are in pain or trip/fall whilst out playing tennis. Please see a doctor or call 111 if you are unsure about what to do. When you can and if appropriate, update your supporters. They should understand why you may not be able to finish, and it’s always good to check that they are still happy for their donations to go to Dementia UK.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with the team by emailing fundraising@dementiauk.org.