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 guideline 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 will be sent out from late October. If you need one urgently or haven’t received one you are expecting then please call the WWTW office on 01263 863 902.
How do I sign up a group?
There are three ways of taking part.
- Sign up as an individual, 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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 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?
Fundraising is not compulsory but 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 more than £175,000 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 email@example.com 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 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Yes, #WalkingHomeForChristmas on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Share photos of your walk and training so we can see them and share them on our channels to show off your efforts.
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.
Or you can register as a “Captain” and host a public walk which will be listed on our map.
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 licence from most councils for street collections and permission from the property owner for any collections in a private place.
We can send you a collection tin to use when on private property to collect in your workplace, gym or clubhouse for example or to collect cash donations from your group during your walk. Please email email@example.com with your request.
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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