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March Dog Walking Challenge

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

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Every step you take and every pound you raise with your trusted companion will help to ensure that no one will have to face dementia alone. 

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 about your amazing challenge
  3. Request your FREE Dementia UK t-shirt and pup-tastic dog 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. You can post updates on your challenge on our Facebook group and ask fellow participants for advice – we are all in this together. Once you’ve completed your challenge, we will send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work. 

We can’t wait to welcome you and your furry pal to #TeamDementiaUK!

Are you taking part in the March Dog Walking Challenge and have some cash to pay in? 

My beloved great aunt May suffered from dementia. It broke my heart to see how my lively, funny, loving, energetic auntie became a frightened, bewildered, lost soul. I was able to buy my puppy with money Auntie May left me and I wanted to be able to give something back […] Maisie May and I raised £1070 and we are so grateful to everyone who sponsored us.

Shona Finnie who took part in the March Dog Walking Challenge in 2021

Frequently asked questions

Getting started

I’ve just signed up – now what?

If you haven’t already, make sure you join our March Dog Walking Challenge Facebook group here and then click ‘Join group’. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt and adorable dog bandana, set up your fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything else you want to know about the challenge. You can complete steps two and three on the Facebook group.

How do I raise money?

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 easy to share the page with your Facebook friends via Facebook posts, inviting them to your page, sharing the link or even using a QR code on a poster or on your phone. Want to create a JustGiving page instead? Click here to create your fundraising page and start spreading the word about your challenge.

Is there a fundraising target?  

We haven’t set a specific fundraising target for this challenge. We would love for you to try your best to spread the word and ask for support from friends, family and work colleagues. Anything you raise is so gratefully received and will make an enormous difference to families facing dementia.

Facebook fundraiser FAQs

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

The donations made to your fundraiser will be sent directly to Dementia UK by Facebook and JustGiving. All donations will be used to help fund our Admiral Nurse services, bringing life-changing support to families living with dementia.

What if I set up two Facebook fundraisers by mistake?

You can check and edit this by logging into Facebook and using this link. This will show all of the fundraisers that you currently have open. You can then edit the fundraiser you want to close by changing the end date. This will focus your fundraising onto one page. Don’t worry if the page you want to close has donations on it already – all your donations on both pages will still come to Dementia UK and help us support and develop our Admiral Nurses to help more families facing dementia.

My Facebook fundraiser has closed, how do I reopen it?

Once your Facebook fundraiser has closed it cannot be reopened. Facebook fundraisers close automatically after 15 days unless you edit the end date to ensure it stays open for the length of your challenge. We recommend keeping your Facebook fundraiser open until at least the 10th April (or later) to give you a chance to collect any last-minute sponsorship. Not to worry though, you can still create a new fundraiser using this link and write a post stating how much you raised previously on your closed fundraiser, thanking those that have already sponsored you. Don’t forget to edit the end date and title on your new Facebook fundraiser.  

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

Normally, if donations don’t appear on your fundraiser 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 be 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 Money donated like this 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 virtualevents@dementiauk.org with the full name, email address and donation amount of each of your missing sponsors so we can investigate. 

What if I don't have Facebook?

Is there another online fundraising platform I can use instead of setting up a Facebook fundraiser?

Absolutely! You can set up a JustGiving page instead by clicking here. JustGiving is a great fundraising platform; it is easy to set up a page and personalise it with a picture and a story for why you are supporting Dementia UK, and you can easily share the link with friends and family too. And don’t worry, just like Facebook fundraisers there is no fee to use the platform, so all the incredible sponsorship you raise will come straight to Dementia UK – YAY!

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 and dog bandana, but if you need more than one, simply download and print more copies here. Please don’t forget to ask your sponsors to fill out all the columns so we can claim up to 25% Gift Aid. 

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 if you have created one. Alternatively, we have a few other options: 

  • 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 March Dog Walking Challenge. Post it to us at Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE
  • if you would prefer to make a bank transfer, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org for the appropriate details
  • alternatively, you can make a payment over the phone by calling 020 8036 5440
T-shirts and dog bandana FAQs

How do I get my free t-shirt and dog bandana?

We’ll send you a t-shirt, dog bandana, sponsorship form and miles tracker when you fill out this registration form. We’ll be sending out your packs the week beginning 7th February, and they are likely to take up to three weeks to arrive. If it has been more than three weeks since you registered for a t-shirt, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we will investigate further.

How can I get more than one t-shirt and dog bandana for the challenge?

We are extremely excited to be selling our fabulous dog bandanas in two colours in our Dementia UK shop. You can also buy extra t-shirts so that you can wear them with pride on every walk in March. 

Can I get free t-shirts for my family? 

We send out one t-shirt per participant, however if you would like to buy some additional Dementia UK branded clothing then please visit our shop! You’ll even find a different coloured dog bandana for sale so your paw-some pal can change up their style throughout the month.

Completing your challenge FAQs

Where and how can I complete my kilometres?

You can complete your kilometres wherever you like, however you like! Just make sure to record your walks and keep your sponsors updated with your progress. Don’t forget to write down every walk you do onto your March Dog Walking Challenge tracker that came in the post with your t-shirt and dog bandana, it will help you keep track of how far you have walked and how much you have left to complete.

How do I record how many kilometres I have walked?

Strava is a free app that is easy to use to track your kilometres throughout March, we highly recommend downloading it for this challenge. You can post your distances in the Facebook group – we’d love to see how you’re getting on.

Can I start early or late?

Of course! March is when our Facebook group is active and the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this whenever is convenient for you. The more challenge participants we have, the more we can support families facing dementia.

Can I do more or less than 100k?

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.

Pausing or stopping your challenge

If I get injured, what do I do?

Injuries are unfortunately always a possibility in any challenge. It’s very important that you seek professional medical advice if you’re in pain or injured. Please see a doctor or call 111 if you’re 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.

What if I don’t complete the challenge?

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 get active and post about your challenge, you’ll be helping Dementia UK support more families facing dementia.

Social and virtual events

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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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