March for Veterans FAQ's
All your questions answered:
What is March for Veterans?
March for Veterans is Blind Veterans UK's campaign honouring our veterans throughout the month of March.
When and where is March for Veterans?
We've got 14 fabulous walks taking place across the country in March 2020. To sign up or find out more, please visit our March for Veterans page
In addition, we are looking for striding superstars to complete 100 miles over the month of March in our Virtual Challenge to raise money to deliver support to blind veterans across the country.
Is there a registration fee?
If you would like to take on the 100 mile walk and do it your way, registration is free.
To take part in one of our regional March for Veterans walks, the fee is £15 per adult, £10 for a child and children under 5 go free (check our early bird prices available until 31 January).
We'd really encourage you to raise sponsorship of at least £75, (We know…£75 is a doddle, if you fancy a challenge you can double it – don’t let us stop you. £150 would pay for to TWO blind veterans to come to one of our centres for Christmas dinner, and just like that…you’ve done your bit to end isolation!)
How fit do I need to be to take on one of these challenges?
You don’t have to be super fit to take part and it’s not a race. However this is 100 mile walk challenge, therefore you should be of average fitness and enjoy reasonable health. It is essential that the charity are made aware of any medical conditions that may be affected by participating in the event
Walking not your thing?
There are loads of ways you can get involved and support blind veterans in the month of March. Find out more
How to sign up for one of the 14 organised 10 mile walks?
We've got 14 fabulous walks taking place across the country in March. To sign up or find out more, please visit our March for Veterans page.
Will I receive a fundraising pack?
Rather than cluttering up your doormat with post we'll keep you bang up to date online with the latest ideas, tips and tricks to raise sponsorship as well as free downloadable fundraising materials to help you reach your target from us.
P.S Make sure to tick ‘YES’ on the 'hear from us' section when signing up for the event.
Otherwise we will not be able to shower you with all of this information and support.
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 in 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.
What is everydayhero and how do I use it?
everydayhero is an online fundraising platform which you can use to collect donations for your challenge. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you sign up for the Water Walk and you can share the link with friends and family to make giving really easy. You’ll receive details on how to log in to your everydayhero page in your confirmation email after signing up.
If you need help using your fundraising page, making a donation, or anything else relating to your everydayhero page, you can email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can live chat to a member of the everydayhero support team from within your everydayhero account. If no member of the support team is available, we’ll respond as soon as possible.
You can also check out the everydayhero FAQs for technical queries and a whole host of tried and tested tips to give your fundraising that extra push.
How do I link my fitness app with my online giving page?
Using a fitness app is the easiest way to track your distance. everydayhero are partnered with Fitbit, MapMyFitness and Strava so you can use any of these apps to record your distance and link it to your fundraising page. Find out how to link an app to your page.
On the day you start the challenge, your page will automatically update the distance you walk and let your friends and family know how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature can raise significantly more during their fundraising challenge.
What if I forget to track some of my walk?
If you forget to use an app to track your miles, simply manually update your fundraising page. Remember to only manually log distances that your app didn’t track!
Can I take part even if I don't use a fitness tracker?
No problem! Keep a record of your distance any way you choose and then add your miles manually to your fundraising page.
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?