November Knitting Challenge

Join the November Knitting Challenge, our virtual Facebook fundraiser

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Love to knit? This challenge is for you! Knit for 30 minutes a day in November and raise vital funds for families living with dementia.

How do I sign up?

  1. Join our November Knitting Challenge Facebook Group.
  2. Request your free Dementia UK t-shirt (you can do this in the Facebook Group).
  3. Set up your Facebook fundraiser or JustGiving page and spread the word about your crafty challenge.

Knit to support families facing dementia this November. Get cosy and set aside some time for yourself each day. Whether you’re a beginner or a knitting pro, join us to knit for 30 days. Knit festive gifts for family and friends or sell your creations – it’s up to you!

Every minute you knit and pound you raise will help ensure that no one has to face dementia alone.

Once you’ve completed the challenge, we’ll send you a virtual medal and certificate to thank you for your hard work and dedication.

We can’t wait to welcome you to #TeamDementiaUK!

Are you taking part in the November knitting challenge and have some cash to pay in?

November knitting challenge FAQs

We have tried to answer all your commonly asked questions below. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org.

Key event information

I’ve just signed up – now what?

The next step is to join the November Knitting Challenge Facebook Group. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your fundraiser, meet your fellow knitters and find out anything else you’d like to know about the challenge.

Please can I have more information on the challenge?

We are challenging you to knit for 30 minutes a day in November. Get your knitting needles out so you can take on the ultimate crafting challenge for families facing dementia.

From beginner to pro, everyone is welcome, so challenge yourself to knit some amazing creations. Whether you sell your items for Dementia UK or ask family and friends to sponsor you for taking on the 30 days of knitting, your fundraising will help us offer a lifeline to more families when they need it most. You’ve got this!

How do I fundraise?

Creating a Facebook fundraiser is the quickest and easiest way to raise money. Once you’re logged into Facebook, you can set one up in a few seconds by following this link.

Want to create a JustGiving page instead? Head to the JustGiving website to create your fundraising page.

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

Is there a registration fee?

Taking part in the November Knitting Challenge for Dementia UK is free!

Is there a fundraising target?

There is no fundraising target for this challenge – we just ask you to raise as much as you can for families affected by dementia.

Fundraising questions

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

The easiest way to send cash donations to Dementia UK is by donating to your online fundraising page. Alternatively, you can:

  • donate via our website by clicking here
  • send in a cheque made payable to Dementia UK. Enclose a note including your full name, the email address that you used to register for your t-shirt, and an explanation that you raised the money for the November Knitting Challenge. Post it to us at: Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London EC3N 1RE
  • make a bank transfer: please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org for our bank details
  • make a payment by phone by calling 020 8059 4400

Can I raise money without setting up an online fundraising page?

You certainly can. We’ll send you a sponsorship form with your t-shirt, but if you need more than one form, simply download and print more copies.

Please ask your sponsors to fill out all the columns so we can claim up to 25% Gift Aid.

Where do donations to my Facebook fundraiser or JustGiving page go?

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

What if I set up two Facebook fundraisers by mistake?

If you have started two Facebook fundraisers, don’t worry: you can check and edit them here. You can then close the one you no longer need, which will focus your fundraising onto one page.

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

Normally, if donations don’t appear on your fundraising page immediately, they will within 48 hours. However, if your donation hasn’t appeared after this time there are a few different possibilities.

  • Donations from other countries can take a lot longer to come through to Facebook and then to Dementia UK. This could take as long as several weeks
  • The donation didn’t go through. Please ask your donor to check if the money has left their account
  • PayPal takes up to three days to register to your Facebook fundraiser
  • Your sponsor didn’t donate to your fundraising page, but instead clicked the ‘donate now’ button which links directly to Dementia UK. 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, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org so we can investigate further.

T-shirt FAQs

How do I get my free t-shirt?

Visit our Facebook Group and fill in our t-shirt registration form with your details. It will take up to three weeks for your t-shirt to arrive, so please be patient.

I still haven’t received my t-shirt – where are they?

We’re sorry to hear you haven’t received your t-shirt and yet. If you have waited three weeks since completing the registration form, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we will investigate.

Can I get more than one t-shirt for the challenge?

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

Completing your challenge

What should I knit?

Anything you want! Knit something you love, tackle a new pattern, or get a head start and knit some festive gifts for your friends and family. No matter what you knit, you’ll be making a big difference to families affected by dementia.

How do I record my November Knitting Challenge?

This is your challenge, so you can decide how you would like to keep track of it. You will receive our handy tracker with your t-shirt, which is a great way to tick off the days. Just be sure to keep your sponsors posted on how you decide to take on the challenge.

Can I start early or late?

Of course! Our Facebook Group is active in November, when the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this challenge whenever it is best for you. The more November Knitting Challenge participants we have, the more families can receive the life-changing support of our specialist dementia nurses.

Can I do more or less than 30 days, or more or less than 30 minutes a day?

Absolutely. This is your challenge, and you can tailor it to suit you. Just be clear with your supporters about how many days you are intending to take on the challenge, and how long you plan to knit each day. Keep them updated regularly with your progress.

What if I don’t complete the challenge?

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself and enjoy raising awareness and funds so our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses can support families. 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 to donate to Dementia UK.

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Paying in your donations

You can pay in your donations easily and securely using our online form

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T-shirts and dog bandanas

If you’d like to buy some additional Dementia UK t-shirts and dog bandanas, then just visit our shop

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