Do I have to walk home?
No. You can walk wherever you like – a Christmas party, a colleague’s house for dinner, the pub, get off the train a stop early and walk the last mile, walk to the park & ride, walk up a particular hill, do a special walk with your dog etc. Whatever is challenging for you, be it 1 mile or 100 miles. Taking part is what counts.
Do I have to walk between 1st – 26th December?
These are guidelines only. You can walk sooner or later. We are hugely grateful for any and all fundraising efforts. We will be sending our packs from late October.
When will I get my pack?
Packs are sent out from the start of November. They are sent 2nd class by Royal Mail which can take up to four working days to be delivered. If you need one urgently or haven’t received one you are expecting then please call the WWTW office on 01263 863 902. Please look out for Royal Mail delivery notes if you are out and about.
How do I sign up a group?
There are three ways of taking part:
1. Sign up as an individual Walker, get your pack and lead your group on a walk encouraging them to donate to your Virgin Money Giving page or collect cash. If they want an official Santa hat of their own then send them to wwtw.org.uk/Christmas.
2. Sign up as an individual and buy a pack for each member of your group – you have the option to buy up to 35 packs when you register. You can enter the names and emails of the other people or can assign their entries to yourself to manage (e.g. if it is for children or people not on email or who don’t want emails about WHFC).
3. Sign up as a Captain to get a leaders pack and create an official walk that anyone can join and that is listed on the WHFC map. You can then invite your group to sign up to WHFC and then register to join your walk. It will group all their Virgin Money Giving fundraising pages together to give you a total raised by your walk.
Take a look at our User Guides that take you on an illustrated step-by-step guide to regsitering. If you’re still having trouble, email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 01263 863902
Click here to view the Walker User Guide 2016
Click here to view the Captain User Guide 2016
Is there a walk near me?
WHFC is not an organised event – it is a mass participation platform – like the Macmillan Coffee Morning. You sign up, get sent a pack and then host your own walk.
However, this year you can register as a Captain and lead a public walk in your area which will be listed on our map! Check the website for walks near you or start your own.
Please note, to register for a public walk you must have first bought a WHFC pack.
I’ve signed up as a Captain but can’t find how to create my walk?
If you have already registered as a Captain then please click here to create your walk.
I live outside the UK, can I still take part?
Absolutely. Register online and we will send you a pack. Last year we had people
walking in America, France, Germany, Qatar and New Zealand among other countries.
Is fundraising compulsory?
There is no minimum fundraising amount but the aim of the exercise is to raise funds for our wounded. We challenge you to see if you can raise £50 with your walk. That’s just £10 from five friends. This could be by inviting them along and cooking them dinner at the end in return for a donation.
Last year 2,000 walkers managed to raise enough to support 250 vulnerable veterans back into independence with simple, fun ideas and inviting friends or colleagues to join them.
If you’re not fundraising (and we fully appreciate everyone gets a lot of charity asks) then you can support by encouraging five friends to sign up too. That’s £50!
Are there any prizes?
There will be awards for biggest fundraiser, longest walk, best fancy dress, biggest group and spot prizes too from our partners. Watch the website for details.
The website doesn’t work, what do I do?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01263 863 902 and we’ll do our best to resolve the issue. If you can take a screenshot (use the PrtScn button on your keyboard) that would be helpful.
Can I contact my local paper?
Please do. Have a look at the PR toolkit on the WHFC webpage which has tips and template emails. Every walker has a story to tell e.g. Laura Deuxberry, Sarah Swinscoe, Michelle Walton or Nigel Ward and Dave Barwell to name but a few from last year. All media coverage spreads the word and inspires others to get involved. Could your local paper make WHFC its Christmas campaign?
If you get interest and the journalist wants images, logos or a quote from the charity then please contact our press officer Kate Cleaver on email@example.com or 01263 863 901.
Don’t forget to tell your employer for internal newsletters/monthly email updates and trade media to get some positive PR for your business, and/or tell any clubs you are part of.
Where does the money go?
All profits from Walking Home For Christmas go to our programmes supporting vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored. The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families. See full details and case studies at wwtw.org.uk.
Is there an official hashtag?
If you have been kind enough to set up a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page then adding photos are a really good way of encouraging more donations.
Can I organise an event?
Yes please. There is a template poster available on the website for you to rally your workmates. You can then encourage them to sign up online at wwtw.org.uk/Christmas and get their own Santa hats and vest.
If you don’t think people will sign up directly through the website for £10 then register yourself and simply collect donations on the day of your event at your workplace or community group and add these as offline donations to your fundraising page.
Last year we had companies make us a nominated charity for their Christmas party. Some staff signed up officially to WHFC, got sent packs and walked to the party while others simply donated whatever they could afford to join in.
How do I pay in money raised?
Cheque – addressed to “Walking With The Wounded”, post to WWTW, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED. Make sure you write your name, contact details and WHFC 2016 on the back.
Online – pay money into your Virgin Money Giving page or other online giving page. This is then automatically transferred to the charity each week.
Bank – Transfer online or over the counter at a Barclays or Clydesdale Bank:
- Clydesdale Sort Code: 82-60-13 Account Number: 60181701
- Barclays Sort Code: 20-30-81 Account Number: 33616436
Don’t forget to add any payments which you make directly to the charity as an ‘offline amount’ on your Virgin Money Giving page so your friends can see your good work.
Can I get a fundraising tin or bucket?
There are strict rules on charity collections. You need a Street Collection Licence (free) from most councils for public street collections and permission from the property owner for any collections in a private place. Please visit your local council website for more information or visit the government’s webpage.
We can send you a collection tin or stickers for your own collection buckets to use to collect in your workplace, gym or clubhouse for example or to collect cash donations from your group during your walk. We can also send you a Letter of Authority stating that you are collecting on our behalf. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Can I create a Captain’s walk outside of the UK?
Yes you can.
Firstly, register as a Captain. Once your registration is complete, you will be prompted in the confirmation email to ‘Create Your Walk’.
You will be asked to provide an address/postcode for where the event is taking place, however, currently the site will only accept a UK postcode. We suggest you type in a UK address, perhaps use the location of your country’s embassy in London. You will have the option to ‘Hide’ this address from viewers later.
Using the ‘Details’ section, type in the real, international location of your walk and also flag this in the title of the walk e.g. “Back to Boulder, Colorado!”
Any problems, please email email@example.com.
When is the last day I can order a pack?
Monday 19th December is the last day you can order a pack.
If you have a burning desire to order a pack after this date and want to do a walk after Christmas to raise funds for the campaign then please call 01263 863 902.
How much of the £10 I donate goes to the veterans?
The £10 entry fee covers the physical cost of your pack and the running of the campaign. The real benefit for the charity comes from the additional fundraising organised by the people taking part – we encourage every participant to fundraise and challenge people to try and raise £50 each. However, there is no minimum amount and every donation on top of the entry-fee counts. Last year walkers raised enough to support 250 vulnerable veterans back into independence.
If you wish to purely donate funds and do not wish to receive a pack then please donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=walkinghomeforchristmas2016
How much could you raise? Challenge your friends, set up a
Virgin Money Giving page then go and tell everybody that you
Sign up at wwtw.org.uk
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