Walk 30 Miles

Join our virtual Facebook fundraiser and Walk 30 Miles in September for Dementia UK

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Challenge yourself to Walk 30 Miles in September.

That’s one mile a day for 30 days to support families facing dementia.

How do I sign up? 

  1. Join our Walk 30 Miles in September 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 brilliant challenge

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

Want to do a different distance? No problem! Just add how many miles you’ll be walking to the title of your fundraising page, so all your supporters know how far you’ll be going.

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

Be part of something amazing this September. Rain or shine, every mile you walk and penny you raise will help us grow the number of specialist dementia nurses so more families can receive their life-changing support.

Here’s what our past participants say:

Taking part was a privilege and I wore my t-shirt with pride! I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my family, friends and neighbours, who helped me raise £220.

Laurie Lancaster, Walk 30 Miles in September 2021 participant

I wanted to sign up for this challenge in memory of my beautiful Nanny Pat who sadly passed away in July this year. She had been living with dementia for a number of years. The challenge was fun and emotional at the same time. Some of the routes I walked were to places that had a special link to my nan. I walked to the first home she lived in, the last home she lived in, along with where she worked for over 25 years, taking photos and just reliving memories of when I was a little girl spending time with her.

Tracy Skipper, Walk 30 Miles in September 2021 participant

Mags and her mum are smiling at the camera, walking along the canal, Mag's has her arm around her mum, who is in a wheelchair.

Mags’ Walk 30 Challenge

Mags’ mum had been struggling with her memory since 2014 and was diagnosed with vascular dementia in December 2017.

Mags decided to sign up for the Walk 30 Miles in September challenge in 2020, motivated by her mum, and also friends whose relatives were affected by dementia.

Upping her target, she managed to walk an incredible 160.2 miles, and raised £2,190.

Are you taking part in the Walk 30 Miles in September challenge and have some cash to pay in? 

Walk 30 miles in September 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 Walk 30 Miles in September Facebook Group. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your fundraiser, meet your fellow walkers and find out anything else you’d like to know about the challenge.

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 Walk 30 Miles in September 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 Walk 30 Miles in September 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.

Free 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 is it?

We’re sorry to hear you haven’t received your t-shirt 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 clothing, please visit our shop.

Completing your challenge

Where and how can I complete my miles?

You can complete your miles wherever you like, however you like! Just make sure you record your walks and keep your sponsors updated on your progress.

How do I record how many miles I have walked?

Strava is a free, easy to use app that can track your miles throughout September. We highly recommend downloading it for this challenge. You will also receive a Walk 30 Miles in September tracker with your t-shirt, which you can use to tick off your miles.

Can I start early or late?

Of course! Our Facebook Group is active in September, when the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this challenge whenever is best for you. The more 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 miles?

Absolutely. This is your challenge, and you can tailor it to suit you. Just be clear with your supporters about how far you are intending to go and 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.