Frequently asked questions

FAQs

About March for Veterans

What is March for Veterans?

March for Veterans is Blind Veterans UK campaign honouring our veterans throughout the month of March.  

When and where is March for Veterans?

March for Veterans is taking place throughout March. Challenge yourself to take on the 100 mile virtual walk at your own pace throughout the month of March. If you can’t face the 100 miles, you can take part in one of the five organised 10 mile walks across the UK.

Is there a registration fee?

It is super easy and free to register if you want to take on the 100 mile virtual walk and do it your way, but we do ask you to set yourself a fundraising target of £150.00. However don't let that hold you back from aiming as high as you want!

How fit do I need to be to take on one of these challenges?

You don’t have to be super fit to take part and it’s not a race. However this is 100 mile walk challenge, therefore you should be of average fitness and enjoy reasonable health. It is essential that the charity are made aware of any medical conditions that may be affected by participating in the event 

Walking not your thing?

There are loads of ways you can get involved and support blind veterans in the month of March. Find out more

How to sign up to one of the five organised 10 mile walks?

Find out more and sign up to one of our 10 mile organised walks taking place in Brighton, Llandudno, London, Staffordshire and Somerset.

Fundraising

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?

Online donations

As part of registration 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. 

Offline donations

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 

Bank: Barclays
Account name: Blind Veterans ‘C’ Account’
A/C 70807079
S/C 20-74-71
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 
London 
W1H 4HD 

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 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.

Technical Support

What is everydayhero and how do I use it?

everydayhero is an online fundraising platform which you can use to collect donations for your challenge. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you sign up for the Water Walk and you can share the link with friends and family to make giving really easy. You’ll receive details on how to log in to your everydayhero page in your confirmation email after signing up.

If you need help using your fundraising page, making a donation, or anything else relating to your everydayhero page, you can email help@everydayhero.com. Alternatively, you can live chat to a member of the everydayhero support team from within your everydayhero account. If no member of the support team is available, we’ll respond as soon as possible.

You can also check out the everydayhero FAQs for technical queries and a whole host of tried and tested tips to give your fundraising that extra push.

How do I link my fitness app with my online giving page?

Using a fitness app is the easiest way to track your distance. everydayhero are partnered with Fitbit, MapMyFitness and Strava so you can use any of these apps to record your distance and link it to your fundraising page. Find out how to link an app to your page.

On the day you start the challenge, your page will automatically update the distance you walk and let your friends and family know how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature can raise significantly more during their fundraising challenge.

What if I forget to track some of my walk?

If you forget to use an app to track your miles, simply manually update your fundraising page. Remember to only manually log distances that your app didn’t track!

Can I take part even if I don’t use a fitness tracker?

No problem! Keep a record of your distance any way you choose and then add your miles manually to your fundraising page.

Charity

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 your 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 fundraising page, contact everydayhero at help@everydayhero.com. Alternatively, you can live chat to a member of the everydayhero support team from within your everydayhero account. If no member of the support team is available, we’ll respond as soon as possible.

How will Blind Veterans UK use my data?

By registering for Blind Veterans UK, March for Veterans Virtual walk, you allow everydayhero to share your data with Blind Veterans UK. To find out how we look after your data, see our privacy policy.

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