Sunday 1 May 2022

FAQ

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Please check our frequently asked questions list. If you cannot find what you are looking for please feel free to contact us on 020 8446 2288 or email bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk.

Please contact the Fundraising team using the contact details below:

Emailbigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk

Phone: call on 020 8446 2288.

Office hours are weekdays from 9am – 5:30pm.

We currently have a reduced team in the office, if you do not receive an immediate response, please leave a voicemail. We will call you back as soon as we can. Speak slowly and clearly and please spell your name and provide a number when leaving a message.

Your registration fee covers the cost of running the event, your goody bag and t-shirt (if purchased separately) – meaning that all your hard-earned sponsorship will go directly to supporting the Hospice and patient care.

Online Registration is now open. Please click ‘register’ to register online for the Big Fun Walk. Alternatively, you can register over the phone by calling us on 020 8446 2288.

Early bird offer from 10th Jan – 31st Jan 2022.

 Adults – £10.00

Under 16s – £5.00

Under 5s – Free

Standard price after early bird

Adults – £12.50

Under 16s – £7.50

Under 5s – Free

Online registration closes on 15th April 2022 for those who wish to receive their goody bag. After this you can sign up until noon on 28th April and collect your goody bag on the day of the event.

If you have registered online, you will receive an email within 48 working hours confirming your registration and giving you more information about the event. Your pack should arrive from 21 April 2022. You will also receive your participant booklet via email, if the email address was provided when signing up.

Please note, if you are a team, all materials will be sent to the person who booked your tickets. If you wish to have them individually sent, we suggest completing your registration as individuals and including your team’s name with each registration.

The 8.6 mile route takes you through some of London’s most beautiful scenery and past its most famous landmarks. You will enjoy the breath-taking views of the city on top of Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill. You will walk past Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace and you will celebrate in style in the heart of Westminster where your medals, live music, and a well-earned brew await you.

A Big Fun Walk drawstring bag

T-shirt (if purchased separately)

A Big Fun Walk medal will be given on the day

Instructions for event

Our special commemorative t-shirts to wear on the walk are available to purchase at the point of registration for £5.  If you would like to order one or more t-shirts after you have registered, please phone or email us. We have a limited stock of t-shirts so when they’re gone, they’re gone! The final registration deadline for receiving a t-shirt by post is 15 April 2022.

Yes, if you have a Big Fun Walk online fundraising page you still need to register separately as a participant with us to take part in the event. If you haven’t set one up yet, we recommend JustGiving. We really appreciate your support!

Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds for individuals who register and then cannot make it. However, if you have a friend who may want to take your place, we can arrange for a Participant Information Booklet and pack to be sent to them instead.  Please let us know if you can no longer attend as it allows us to prepare for the correct number of participants. You can do so by calling 020 8446 2288 or by emailing us at bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk

No. We require everyone taking part to register in advance. Please remember that this is a charity event and the money we raise will allow North London Hospice to continue to provide its vital services in the community. Also, you will need to bring your wristband or proof of purchase to the registration point at Cherry Tree Wood on the day of the event.

Please do bring your children on your walk! This is a great event for the whole family to take part in together.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome too. Some even register and have their own sponsorship forms and medals!

If your child is under 16 they must walk in the company of a responsible adult. Please be aware that everyone taking part in the Big Fun Walk does so at their own risk.

Big Fun Walk is not a run or a race, but you can run should you wish to.

We have an accessible route that runs alongside the main route on our maps. Most of the route is the same but it deviates at times to make it more accessible and safer. Please let us know if you would like to take the accessible route on the event day.

 Everyone is welcome! We often have at least one visually disabled walker with a guide dog and a companion taking part each year. Please take all the necessary precautions you would usually do when going for a walk.

You can bring extra people, but please note if they haven’t signed up in advance, the registration fee on the day is £25 per adult and £17.50 for under 16s, under 5’s are free.

Please contact us giving your title, first name, last name and address including your postcode and we will add you to our mailing list. You can call us on 020 8446 2288 or email bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk.

You can use the group registration form online if you wish to register as a team and complete your walk together. Materials will be sent to the group leader.

Yes, if you feel you need to get limbered up for a different virtual sponsored walk taking place at a later date then by all means join us. However, please be aware that we still require you to register and raise any minimum sponsorship amounts. This applies even if the other event is in aid of the North London Hospice, unless previously agreed.

You can access the sponsorship form and link to the participant booklet on the fundraising page of this website. For a hard copy of either the sponsorship form or the participant booklet, please contact us and we will send these to you. Please note if this is after 15 April, we may not be able to get a physical copy to you in time, unless you are able to pick it up directly from the hospice.

The suggested minimum sponsorship amount is £25, per person. Teams should aim to raise a total equating to £25 per person – i.e. a team of ten is required to raise a minimum of £250.

This amount can be raised through a personal/team JustGiving fundraising page with all funds being sent to the hospice automatically or donated to the hospice by everyone in your team, or as the total of a team’s fundraising.

We actively encourage you and your team to raise as much as possible and our friendly fundraising team is on hand to support you with fundraising ideas and advice. Last year we raised over £82,000 from My Big Fun Walk, and some of our teams raised thousands of pounds, so the sky really is the limit! 

An official Big Fun Walk 2022 t-shirt or anything green!  

We also recommend comfortable layered clothing which will keep you warm if there is a chilly start to the day and which you can gradually remove if and when it warms up later. Wear well-fitting, comfortable footwear such as trainers or flat shoes. If it looks like it is going to rain, a folding umbrella is a good idea. If you have young children and/or dogs with you, you may wish to bring some snacks or even a picnic! Remember, you will be given a Big Fun Walk drawstring rucksack and a packed lunch on the day.

If you are in a team you could wear suitable matching items or even fancy dress!

Possibly. Especially as you pass through some lovely shopping areas or high streets with cafes and restaurants where you can grab a snack. Also, an Oyster or debit card may be useful in case public transport is required to get you to and from the start and end points and remember to bring your mask and hand sanitizer.

If you know or suspect that there is a possibility of being taken ill or incurring or aggravating an existing injury, we recommend that you do the sensible thing – stay safely at home – there will always be next year! For an unforeseen accident or illness, please be sure to call the ambulance for our event, the number will be on your map. Or 999 in an emergency.

Gift Aid is a terrific concept which means we could benefit from an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you!

This is how it works: if you donate or pledge sponsorship money to a registered charity and you are a UK taxpayer (i.e. you pay income tax or capital gains tax on your wages, savings and/or investments) you can add ‘Gift Aid’ to your donation. For every £1 you give us, we can claim an extra 25p from HM Revenue and Customs. This extra bit comes out of what you have paid (or will pay) HMRC in that tax year. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you don’t have to worry about complicated calculations or anyone knowing any of your private information.

We are encouraging as much sponsorship as possible to happen online through JustGiving since the Gift Aid payments are made automatically. This is far more efficient and cost-effective for the hospice.

If you use paper sponsorship forms, all you have to do is put your first and last name, your full home address (or at least your house name or number and full postcode) and tick the Gift Aid column.

Please note that for us to claim Gift Aid on any of your sponsor’s donations, every element must be completed correctly and legibly. A donor who is not a UK taxpayer should not tick the Gift Aid column.

Donations and sponsorship paid by charity cheque or voucher or paid from a business cannot be Gift Aided.

If you have any questions about Gift Aid, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8446 2288 or email fundraising@northlondonhospice.co.uk

If you use an online fundraising page, all the money and Gift Aid payments are transferred to the hospice automatically. We encourage everybody to have raised their sponsorship by the day of the walk but recognise that this isn’t always possible, so as soon as possible after the walk is still fine.

If you have used fundraising forms and have collected cash from your sponsors, please collect the money pledged by your sponsors and send a cheque made payable to ‘North London Hospice’ to Big Fun Walk, North London Hospice, 47 Woodside Avenue, London, N12 8TT. 

We advise against sending cash in the post, and in a usual year we welcome our supporters to drop off their donations to our North Finchley site so a member of staff can safely receive and store it away. However due to the current pandemic, we are having to take precautions to keep both you and our staff safe, so we are actively encouraging participants to set up a webpage, send a cheque or do a bank transfer instead.

We understand that dropping off may be a preferred option, so if this is the case, please do email bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk or call 0208 446 2288 to see if this can be arranged.

Please do not take or send any forms, money or cheques to any of the hospice shops as it causes administration problems for both the hospice staff and shop staff and will result in significant delay in the funds reaching us.

Yes, we are happy to accept cheques and vouchers from KKL, CAFOD and similar organisations. These should be made payable to ‘North London Hospice’ and sent to the same address as the rest of your sponsorship money. Please note that donations and sponsorship paid by charity cheque or voucher or paid from a business are not eligible for Gift-Aid.

Any personal information you consent to give us is securely stored on our charity’s fundraising database. After we have received all the sponsor money due and completed the Gift Aid process we develop a secure mailing list, which we use to send out information about the following year’s Big Fun Walk.

Physical copies of sponsor forms which bear Gift Aid donations are kept (this is an HMRC requirement). We securely destroy the physical registration forms, and sponsor forms without Gift Aid. The Gift Aided sponsor forms are also securely destroyed when they are no longer required. We don’t and won’t make your personal information available to any other organisation unless required to by law.

We will only contact you in the future based on how you consent to be contacted by North London Hospice. If you would like to be taken off our mailing list at any time, please let us know and we will remove you immediately.

Please contact a member of the team via email on bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk or ring the office on 020 8446 2288. Please call during our office hours (9am – 5:30pm). If we do not pick up, you can leave a voicemail. We will call you back as soon as we are able. Please speak slowly and clearly and spell any names.

All participants who asked to have their places rolled over should have received an email regarding their options. If you have not received this email and would not like to take part in Big Fun Walk 2022, please email bigfunwalk@northlondonhospice.co.uk so our team can suggest options to you.

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