Holding a board games marathon

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If you have any other questions about taking part in Raise your Game please get in touch with the team by emailing raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org or calling 020 8036 5475

Do I need to hold my event in October?

No. Raise your Game is taking place in October, but you can hold your event in any month that suits you.

How can I do a board games marathon?

Hold your event at home with the people you live with. Either play games for a set period of time (such as eight or 12 hours), or play a set number of games.

You could also livestream all or part of your event on social media or on your JustGiving page (click here to find out how to add a livestream to your JustGiving page).

What if I live alone?

Ask a friend or family member to join you and play games online. There are lots of websites where you can play games in real time online. Get in touch if you would like any suggestions.

What games should we play?

You can play whatever games you enjoy! Bear in mind that different games are more fun for different numbers of players.

If you don’t have many games at home, ask friends and family if they can lend you some games or see what games you can buy cheaply from charity shops. You can also find lots of games online which you can print and play.

Can I crown a winner at the end my marathon?

Raise your Game is for fun, but we know that some people take their board games very seriously! We have therefore created a Raise your Game trophy in case you want to crown a winner at the end of your event. There is a trophy in your fundraising pack and you can download the digital trophy to share on social media (don’t forget to use #RaiseyourGame).

You can choose your own scoring system, or we recommend scoring each game as follows:

  • One point for each game played
  • An additional five points for each game won

Tot up the points at the end of your event and award the Raise your Game trophy to the person with the most points. If there is a tie for the highest number of points at the end, you could use one of these epic battle ideas to decide your champion:

  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Coin toss
  • Any other tie-breaker game you like

Download scorecards here.

How do I fundraise at my event?

The simplest way to raise much needed funds is to set up a JustGiving page and ask for donations.

If you have a personal connection to dementia, telling people about it will bring your fundraising to life. Explain why your fundraising for Dementia UK in the story on your JustGiving page and when you’re sharing your page – why not record a short video to share with a link to your page?

Think about how you can raise the stakes to encourage friends and family to donate to your page, for example:

  • Suggest they back one of the players and pledge to donate £5 (or any amount of their choosing) for every game that player loses
  • Create a list of wacky tasks to complete when you hit fundraising milestones, such as playing the next game moving the counter with your feet when you reach £100
  • Promise to play one game for every £10 (or any amount of your choosing) you raise
  • If they donate £33 (which could fund a new Admiral Nurse for an hour), let them choose a game for you to play

How can I promote my fundraising?

There are lots of ways you can promote your fundraising, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Email, text and WhatsApp your friends, family and colleagues with a link to your JustGiving page
  • Share your JustGiving page on social media – we’ve create a social media graphic you can use and you could film a short video explaining what you’re doing and why
  • Ask family and friends to share your JustGiving page with their networks
  • Livestream your event on social media or on your JustGiving page (click here to find out how to add a livestream to your JustGiving page)

How do I get matched funding?

We recommend asking your employer if they offer matched funding – it could double your fundraising total! Your employer may request a letter or email from us to confirm how much you raised, if this is the case please get in touch with the team by emailing raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org or calling        020 8036 5475.

How long will it take for my fundraising pack to arrive? 

Your fundraising pack can take one to two weeks to arrive. If you need your pack sooner, please get in touch with the team by emailing raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org or calling 020 8036 5475. 

My fundraising pack hasn’t arrived, what should I do? 

If your fundraising pack hasn’t arrived after two weeks, please get in touch with the team by emailing raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org or calling              020 8036 5475 so we can send another one out.

Can I get any extra materials? 

Yes. There are extra materials which you can download here. We have created some materials specifically for board game marathons, including a social media graphic for you to promote your fundraising and a digital trophy. If there’s anything else you need to make your event a success please do get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. 

How do I send in the money I raise? 

Sending in the money you raise is easy. Click here to see all the different ways you send in your donations. 

The sooner you send in your donations, the sooner we can put them to work helping families affected by dementia.