March for Veterans FAQ's
All your questions answered:
What is 'March for Veterans?'
March for Veterans is your chance to get your walking boots on and raise money for Blind Veterans UK on one of our ten mile walks.
When and where is March for Veterans?
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 site.
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.
What should I wear to a March for Veterans walk?
Whatever you like! From feather boas to serious expedition gear.
But seriously, make sure you check the local weather forecast before the event takes place and dress accordingly. We would recommend wrapping up warm and wearing hiking boots where possible.
Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!
How much does it cost to register for March for Veterans?
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. For this we'll give you a fabulous free t-shirt and medal for taking part. Find out how you can book your place.
Can I bring my dog to a March for Veterans walk?
Yes. You'd be barking not to! But please do keep them close and on a lead. We are unable to accept any responsibility for the safety of your animals during this event.
Will I receive a fundraising pack?
Rather than cluttering up your doormat with post we'll keep you bang up to date 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: calling the events team on 020 7616 7959
* Bank transfer: with the details below. Please make the reference your name and the event you have taken part in
Account name: Blind Veterans ‘C’ Account’
Reference: *your name and the event*
Please ensure you are sending your sponsorship forms so we are able to claim Gift Aid on your donations.
Blind Veterans UK
Fundraising Events Team
12-14 Harcourt Street
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?