Walk 30 Miles in April

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

Join our Facebook group

What do you need to do? 

  1. Join our Walk 30 Miles in April Facebook group
  2. Set up your Facebook fundraiser and spread the word about your amazing challenge 
  3. Request your FREE Dementia UK t-shirt (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 while sporting our fabulous Dementia UK t-shirts that are completely FREE! Post updates on your challenge 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.

Want to up the mileage? No problem! Just add the mileage you will be completing to your Facebook fundraiser title so all your supporters know what your challenge will be this April.

Every step you take and every pound you raise will help to ensure that no one will have to face dementia alone. We can’t wait to welcome you onto #TeamDementiaUK!

I signed up to Walk 30 Miles in September as I wanted to raise money to help others live well with dementia. My mum had wonderful support from her care team and I wanted others to have that same experience. Also, my mum loved walking and September was one of her favourite months as the trees and landscape took on their autumnal hues.

Janette, who took part in Walk 30 Miles in September 2020

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.

Walk 30 miles in September FAQs

Getting started

I just signed up, now what?

If you haven’t already, make sure to join the Walk 30 Miles in April Facebook Group by clicking ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can register for your free t-shirt, set up your fundraiser, get tips, be inspired and find out anything else you want to know about the challenge. 

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? Head to the JustGiving website to create your fundraising page. From there you can 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 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 May (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 fundraising page on the JustGiving website. 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 miles tracker, but if you need more than one form, you can simply download and print more copies. 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 Walk 30 Miles in April 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-shirt FAQs

How do I get my free t-shirt?

We’ll send you a t-shirt, sponsorship form and miles tracker when you fill out this registration form.
We’ll be sending out your packs the week beginning 7th March, 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 then please email virtualevents@dementiauk.org and we will investigate further.

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

You can buy extra t-shirts from our Dementia UK shop so you can wear them with pride on every walk in April. You can even purchase a dog bandana if you plan to complete the challenge with a four-legged friend!

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. 

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 to record your walks and keep your sponsors updated with your progress. Don’t forget to write down every walk you do onto your Walk 30 Miles in April tracker that came in the post with your t-shirt, 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 miles I have walked?

Strava is a free app that is easy to use to track your miles throughout April, 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! April is when our Facebook Group is active and the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this challenge whenever it 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 30 miles?

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.

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