Give it Up FAQs
All your questions answered:
What is Give It Up for Veterans?
A challenge for your willpower! We encourage you to give something up for a period of time that challenges you and gather sponsorship in exchange for your abstinence!
How do I let everyone know I’m taking part in this challenge?
Share your plans with friends, work mates and family beforehand - find out how.
Can I Give it Up with someone else or as a group?
Absolutely – it’s easy to register your interest as group, once registered simply set up a shared fundraising page, on either JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving.
Is there a penalty for cheating?
If the temptation to give in is just too great then you can donate £5 on your online fundraising page in exchange for your temporary blip! But remember – get straight back on the Give it Up train and be a proud quitter.
I run a business, can I Give it Up at my business for the day rather than personally?
Yes you can. Giving it up at a business or organisation works in pretty much the same way as it does for individuals.
My question isn’t answered above. Who can I talk to?
No problem, please get in touch and we will be happy to help - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prefer to give us all call? Call 0300 111 2233.
Can I raise money offline?
Of course. If you have collected any cash or cheque donations, check out the following two questions below to find out how to pay in the money and claim Gift Aid.
How do I pay money online and offline?
As part of registration for March for Veterans you will set up an online fundraising page.
The easiest way to collect sponsorship is to direct your friends and family to your fundraising page, where they can donate via credit/debit card. The funds will automatically go to Blind Veterans UK and will be added to your fundraising total on your page.
Please pay in any offline donations using the below methods.
* Online: use our pay in form
* Cheque: made payable to Blind Veteran UK and a short covering note
* Card or Bank Transfer: call the events team for account details on 0207 616 7959
It's really important that you include your name and event in your payment reference, that way we can make sure it's tracked back to your sponsorship.
Please ensure you are sending your sponsorship forms so we are able to claim Gift Aid on your donations.
What is Gift Aid and how do I claim it on money I’ve raised?
Gift Aid is a tax relief scheme that allows charities to claim 25% of the tax already paid on all eligible donations made by a UK taxpayer. This means supporters can increase their donation to Blind Veterans UK by an extra 25% at no extra cost to them. For example, if someone donates £10, with Gift Aid Blind Veterans UK receives £12.50.
Donations on your online fundraising page like JustGiving, or any other similar site, will automatically claim Gift Aid on eligible donations. If you raise money offline then complete our sponsorship form to ensure you can claim Gift Aid on the donations and follow the instructions in the question above about how to pay in offline donations.
Who is Blind Veterans UK?
Going blind isn’t just a loss of sight, it’s a loss of belonging.
But the power of feeling like you belong to something provides the confidence to be able to recover. To adjust to life and regain your independence.
We believe every blind veteran should be able to lead the life they choose. That’s why our transformational team is here to help veterans from every generation overcome sight loss, including those who did national service.
We’ve provided specialist support since 1915, from rehabilitation and training to practical advice and emotional support. To help blind veterans rediscover their self-belief and determination as one strong community. Together we can help blind veterans rebuild their lives after sight loss. Away from isolation. Towards a life of purpose.
How will the money raised benefit blind veterans?
Blind Veterans UK provides high quality support to blind veterans, as and where they need it, in order to help them achieve independence and fulfilment and to rebuild their lives.
Can I donate the money raised towards a certain project?
We aim to reach blind veterans all over the UK who need our help to rebuild their lives after sight loss, so you’re March for Veterans donations are ‘unrestricted’. This means that you are not limiting what project or region your fundraising and donations are spent on. It also helps us to be more efficient with our work for blind veterans – by reducing our administration costs, your donations reach more blind veterans.
How do I contact Blind Veterans UK?
More questions? Contact Blind Veterans UK supporter care team who will be happy to help.
How will Blind Veterans UK use my data?