March is for Veterans FAQ's
All your questions answered:
What is 'March is for Veterans?'
March is for Veterans is Blind Veterans UK campaign honouring our veterans throughout the month of March.
When and where is March for Veterans?
We’re dedicating March 2019 to Blind Veterans and we need you, your loved ones and colleagues to help us. We are looking for striding superstars to complete 100 miles over the month of March to raise money to deliver support to Blind Veterans across the country. On the 30 March 2019 we have organised for five 10 mile walks to take place across the UK. If you would like to sign up or find out more, please visit our March for Veterans site.
What should I wear to a March for Veterans walk?
We would encourage all our participants to check their local weather forecast before the event takes place to adequately prepare for the weather. We would recommend wrapping up warm and wearing hiking boots where possible.
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. If you would like to take part in one of our five regional March for Veterans walks, the fee is £15 per adult, £10 for a child, children under 5 go free. A suggested sponsorship of £100 in advised. You will receive a 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 are welcome to bring along your dog on the walk but please do keep them close and on a leash. We are unable to accept any responsibility for the safety of your animals during this event.
What is ‘Meet Up Brew Up’?
Nothing beats a cuppa and a natter especially when there are biscuits involved. Get together over a brew and a bourbon with friends, family and colleagues and that neighbour you have always wanted to talk to whilst raising vital funds for our veterans. To find out how to register and host your very own Meet Up Brew Up.
How do I hold my own Meet Up Brew Up?
It’s easy, just sign up here and you will receive your digital pack via e-mail. Then all you need to do is decide where and when to hold your Meet Up Brew Up. You could always open up your Meet Up Brew Up to friends, family and the general public by posting about your event on social media.
How do I raise money at my ‘Meet up Brew up’?
Just ask your guests to make a donation for the coffee, biscuits or cakes you serve. You can have a lot of fun raising money with competitions and raffles during your event.
What is the ‘Big Fry Up?’
If tea and biscuits is a little tame, try our ultimate breakfast challenge. Host a big fry up and start the day with some proper grub. Weather it’s a super vegan smoothie with kale, goji berries and tofu, an expresso and croissant or a XXL full English gut buster, you can raise money and fill your boots. Get the neighbours, family, colleagues and loved ones around the table and get stuck in.
How do I raise money at my Big Fry Up?
Just ask your guests to make a donation for the breakfast you serve. You can have a lot of fun raising money with competitions and raffles during your event. For information and tips on how to make your breakfast a great success please visit #BigFryUp
Will I receive a fundraising pack?
You won’t be sent a fundraising pack in the post, but there is a page packed with useful tips for fundraising activities as well as free downloadable fundraising materials to help you reach your target here.
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 to the March for Veterans walks you will set up an everydayhero 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.
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 everydayhero fundraising page 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 national support to blind veterans, as and where they need it, in order to help them achieve independence and fulfilment and to transform 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.
For technical questions about your March for Veterans fundraising page, contact everydayhero at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can live chat to a member of the support team from within your everydayhero account, available Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.
How will Blind Veterans UK use my data?