Walk, fetch and explore your way through March with your faithful companion and count up the kilometres to help families facing dementia.
Our Walk 31 Miles in May Challenge is over for 2023 but registrations for the 2024 event will open soon soon. In the meantime take a look at some of the other events you could take part in.
Helen, who took on a virtual walking challenge in 2022
I’m proud that I was motivated to complete the miles and actually did so before the end of the month. It gave me a reason to get out walking again, and I was thinking about my mum who had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I saw a robin on almost every walk and felt that Mum was with me.
Can you tell me more about the event?
We are challenging you to Walk 31 Miles in May! This is a virtual event, so you can take it on wherever and whenever works best for you. You can aim to walk one mile a day or tackle some longer walks at the weekend.
In the run-up to the challenge and throughout May, you will be able to connect with thousands of other walkers in our Facebook Group, and feel an amazing sense of achievement when you hit 31 miles at the end of the month!
I’ve just signed up – now what?
The next step is to join the Walk 31 Miles in May 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.
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 friends and family via social media, text, email and WhatsApp.
Is there a registration fee?
Taking part in the Walk 31 Miles in May 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.
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
- 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 31 Miles in May Challenge. Post it to us at: Dementia UK, 7th Floor, One Aldgate, London EC3N 1RE
- make a bank transfer: please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can investigate further.
How do I get my free t-shirt?
Visit our Facebook Group and fill in our t-shirt registration form with your details. You can find the registration form on the featured post, at the top of the page. 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 email@example.com 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. You’ll find adult and children’s t-shirts here!
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 May. We highly recommend downloading it for this challenge. You will also receive a Walk 31 Miles in May tracker with your t-shirt, which you can use to tick off your miles too.
Can I start early or late?
Of course! Our Facebook Group is active in May, when the majority of people are likely to take part, but you can do this challenge whenever is best for you. The more participants we have, the more families can receive the life-changing support of our specialist dementia nurses.
Can I do more or less than 31 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 safety precautions should I take?
Safety should be your top priority when taking part in the Walk 31 Miles in May Challenge. You know yourself best and we encourage you to think about the distance you walk at one time. If you are walking alone, make sure someone you trust knows your plans, always carry a fully charged phone with you, and please do stay alert. We’d also advise taking rest days whenever you feel you need them, and staying hydrated, especially if the weather is warm.
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.
Good luck with your Walk 31 Miles in May Challenge and thank you for your support!
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