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Tennis-a-thon 2022

Date: 17th July 

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Sign up to the Dementia UK Tennis-a-thon and challenge yourself to play tennis for as long as you can on 17th July to raise awareness and vital funds for families facing dementia.  

Whether you’re smashing serves against the wall or snatching sets from family and friends, every ball you hit and penny you raise will help our specialist dementia nurses support more families when they need it most. 

Anyone can take part: all you need to do is sign up as a club or join our Facebook Group to register as an individual, and we’ll send you helpful advice for organising your event as well as fundraising tips to help you smash your goals. 

Ready to sign up?  

Register as a club

  1. Register here on behalf of your tennis club. You can order extra t-shirts for your club members in our shop 
  2. Set up your online fundraising page (you can set one up on Facebook or JustGiving). 
  3. Join the Facebook Group 
Sign up as a club

Register as an individual

  1. Join our Facebook Group where you can sign up for your free t-shirt
  2. Set up your online Facebook fundraising page (you must be logged into Facebook to use this link) or create a JustGiving page
Sign up as an individual

Organising the event was great fun. It gave me the opportunity to make some new friends at my local tennis club, play with more people, and raise money for an extremely good cause.

Caraline, who took part in the Tennis-a-thon 2021

 

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Fundraising tips and FAQs

Fundraising tips

The easiest way to collect donations is to set up an online fundraising page on Facebook or JustGiving. This can be shared easily with friends, family and colleagues – you’ll be amazed by how generous people can be.  

To boost your fundraising, why not organise some additional activities to run alongside your Tennis-a-thon challenge? This can help you smash your fundraising goals.  

Here are some ideas:  

  • arrange a raffle – we have a letter of authority that you can print out and take to local businesses to source prizes. Please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we can send this to you
  • hold a sweepstake: you could ask people to guess how long your Tennis-a-thon will take, or the number of steps you’ll take on the court during your challenge 
  • organise a bake sale or summer barbecue at your event to bring in some extra donations on the day 
  • run a tennis tournament for a donation on entry: you can download and print the promotional poster to spread the word 
Fundraising materials

We’ve got lots of fundraising materials which you can download and print to help you spread the word about your event and display on the day:

If you’d like to order extra t-shirts, balloons or collections boxes, please visit our shop.

How to pay in your donations

If you have raised money through Facebook or JustGiving, the donations will come straight to us – so you don’t need to do anything.  

If you have collected cash donations, here’s how you can pay them in. 

  1. The easiest and quickest way to donate is through our website
  2. Send a cheque made payable to Dementia UK to Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London, EC3N 1RE. 
  3. Request our bank details to make a bank transfer by emailing virtualevents@dementiauk.org. 
  4. Call 020 8036 5440 to make a payment by phone.

Once you’ve completed your challenge, we will send you a virtual medal and certificate as a thank you for all your hard work. 

Tennis-a-thon FAQs

What is the Tennis-a-thon? 

The Tennis-a-thon is a fundraising activity where we ask participants to challenge themselves to play tennis for as long as they can to raise vital funds and awareness for families facing dementia. 

When is the Tennis-a-thon and where can I take part? 

The Tennis-a-thon is taking place on 17th July, but you can choose to hold your event at any time that suits you. And you can take part wherever you like: at your local tennis court, in the park or sports centre.  

Why not let your local tennis club or council know about your fundraising event to see if they can allocate free court space for the day?

I’ve just signed up. Now what?  

If you’ve registered for your t-shirt, we’ll send you emails packed with tips to help you organise your event and raise vital funds. And if you haven’t already, now is a great time to join our Facebook Group. 

Is there a fundraising target?   

There is no fundraising target for this challenge, however we do ask you raise as much as you can for families affected by dementia.

How do I get my free t-shirt?/When will I receive my pack?  

If you’re registering as part of a club: 

  1. register for your free pack and order extra t-shirts for your club here
  2. set up your fundraising page 
  3. join our Facebook Group

If you’re registering as an individual: 

  1. join the Facebook Group
  2. register for your pack
  3. set up your Facebook fundraiser or JustGiving page

Our packs will start to be sent out weekly every Thursday from 8th June onwards. Please allow up to three weeks for them to arrive.  

Can I get free t-shirts for my family?   

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

How do I raise money?  

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. 

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 friends and family via text, email and social media. 

If you would also like to take cash donations on the day you can download our bucket labels or order a collection box from our shop. 

Where do my online donations go?  

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

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

The easiest way to pay any cash donations to Dementia UK is by donating to yourself through your Just Giving page or Facebook fundraiser, or you can use our Tennis-a-thon donation page. 

  • Donate via our website by clicking  here 
  • Please send cheques with a note including your full name, the email address that you use for registering and an explanation that you raised the money for the Tennis-a-thon 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, please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org for the appropriate details  
  • Alternatively, you can make a payment over the phone by calling 020 8059 4400 
Facebook Fundraiser questions

What if I set up two Facebook fundraisers by mistake?  

If you have made 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.  

It’s okay if the page you want to close has donations on – all your donations on both pages will still come to Dementia UK.  

What happens if donations don’t appear on my 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 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. 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.   

What if I can’t complete the challenge?  

If you can’t complete the Tennis-a-thon, please let your sponsors know. Be clear about how far you’ve come with 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 support more families facing dementia.  

If you are injured, it is very important that you seek professional medical advice. Please see a doctor or call 111 if you are unsure about what to do. 

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 duration of your challenge.  

We recommend keeping your Facebook fundraiser open for at least two weeks after your challenge date to give you a chance to collect any last-minute sponsorship.  

But don’t worry if yours has closed – you can create a new fundraiser at facebook.com/fund/DementiaUK and write a post stating how much you raised previously on your closed fundraiser and thanking those who have already sponsored you. Make sure you edit the end date and title on your new Facebook fundraiser too. 

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

Social and virtual events

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Paying in your donations

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T-shirts and fundraising materials

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