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March Dog Walking Challenge

Join the March Dog Walking Challenge, our new virtual Facebook fundraiser, and complete 100km for Dementia UK

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If you’ve completed the March Dog Walking challenge, please take 5 minutes to share your story with us. Thank you.

Team up with your four-legged buddy, and thousands of other dog lovers, to help families affected by dementia. Sign up now and step up to the challenge of walking 100km in March.

What do you need to do?

  1. Join our March Dog Walking Challenge Facebook Group here
  2. Set up your Facebook fundraiser and spread the word on your amazing challenge
  3. Request your FREE Dementia UK t-shirt and doggy bandana (you can do this on the Facebook Group)

It’s as simple as that! Join our community of virtual fundraisers today and support each other throughout the challenge whilst sporting our fabulous Dementia UK t-shirt. Post updates on your challenge and ask fellow participants for advice – we are all in this together. Once you’ve completed your challenge, we’ll send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work.

Every step you take 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!

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 and doggy bandana, 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 8.30am and 8.30pm.

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 Dog Walking Challenge in the title of your fundraising page and set the end date to 7th of April (otherwise your page will close after two weeks).

Q. Where do donations to my Facebook fundraiser go?

A. 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 fund our Admiral Nurse services.

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 support our Admiral Nurses who help 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 or more if the donation was made over the weekend. However, if your donation hasn’t appeared and it has been longer than this there a few different possibilities.  

  • 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!  
  • The donation didn’t go through, has the money left your donors account? Please ask them to check.  
  • PayPal takes up to 3 days to register onto your Facebook Fundraiser.  
  • Your sponsor didn’t actually 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 but means 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, this will say whether they donated to your Facebook fundraiser, or straight to Dementia UK. 

If the problem persists then please email events@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 and doggy bandana, and when will they arrive?

A. We’ll send you a t-shirt, doggy bandana and paws tracker when you fill out this registration form. Due to an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm for this challenge we’ve had thousands of supporters sign up which has meant we’ve run out of stock – WOW! We have ordered new stock and your pack should be with you by the last week of your challenge, or sooner if possible (please note, we are only able to send one doggy bandana per pack).

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding, you can still start walking in March with pride, and you can download our digital paws tracker to tick off your kilometres in the meantime.

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

A. Absolutely, simply by downloading and printing 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 events@dementiauk.org and we will send you out a sponsorship form in the post. Friends and family not on Facebook can donate this way too.

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 March Dog Walking 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 March Dog Walking 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 events@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 complete my kilometres?

A. You can complete your kilometres wherever you like, however you like! So long as you can record them, we really don’t mind how you decide to take on this challenge. You could hike in the hills over the weekend, or simply go to your local park every day – whatever works best for you. The only requirement is that you must follow government guidelines on social distancing. Whenever you complete a kilometre remember to tick it off on your paw tracker and post in the Facebook Group after you complete a row so we can see how you’re getting on.

Q. How do I keep track of how many kilometres I have walked? 

A. Strava is a free app that is easy to use to track your kilometres throughout March, and when you sign up for your free t-shirt you will get a kilometre tracker to tick off every kilometre you complete. Don’t forget to post this on the Facebook Group as we would love to see your progress!

Q. What if I don’t complete the challenge? 

A. The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself and enjoy helping raise awareness and funds for our Admiral Nurses. Do as much as you can! Update your sponsors regularly, 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. Can I start early or late?

A. Of course! March is when our Facebook group is active and the majority of people are likely to take part, however we recommend doing this at a time convenient for you. The more challenge participants we have, the more we can help families facing dementia.

Q. Can I do more or less than 100km?

A. Absolutely, this is your challenge, and you can tailor it to suit you! Just be clear with your supporters how far you are intending to go and keep them regularly updated with your progress.

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 walking. 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.

Q. Can I jog not walk? 

A. Yes you can! This challenge is all about getting out and raising money and awareness for Dementia UK and the wonderful Admiral Nurses providing specialist dementia care to families facing dementia. Walk, jog or run, as long as you are enjoying taking part, how you cover your kilometres and decide to fundraise is completely up to you!

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

Q. I have a puppy, can I still take part?

A: Yes, you can still take part, but be aware not to over exercise your puppy. The Kennel Club have lots of helpful information, click here.