Could you step up to help us beat dementia sooner? We’re challenging you to walk 850,000 steps within three months – that’s the same number of people living with dementia in the UK right now.

The coming months are set to be tough and COVID-19 will hit people affected by dementia the hardest. This also means that our ability to ramp up support for the people who need us is at risk. We are estimating the scale of deficit to be in the millions, both as a result of COVID-19 and the impact on our fundraising income. So we’re asking you to go the extra mile and sign up now to take part in our Step Up for Dementia challenge.

About the challenge

Given the statistic that 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, we’re challenging each person to walk a total of 850,000 steps within a three-month period. That works out at between 9,000 to 10,000 steps a day over three months. Or you could virtually team up with friends or family and split out the steps over a shorter period. You can track your steps each day using a pedometer, smart watch or your phone. If you’d like to increase the distance and set a higher target, that’s completely up to you!

The rules

  • We’d encourage each person taking part to raise at least £100 for Alzheimer’s Society
  • However you complete your steps are up to you – walk, run, or dance your way to the distance! There’s lots of ways to keep active whilst at home too, such as mowing the lawn, hoovering, skipping and stair climbing – get the kids involved too! Need more inspiration? Check out some free fitness ideas from the NHS
  • You can virtually team up with friends or family and split out the steps over a shorter period, such as a month
  • Track your steps using your phone, smart watch or a pedometer
  • Each person is responsible for tracking their own steps and must be able to show evidence if required
  • Make sure you follow government advice around social distancing concerning COVID-19.

What your fundraising will support

  • £9.90 will begin someone’s Dementia Connect journey by providing the first conversation with one of our telephone-based Dementia Advisers
  • Telephone-based Dementia Advisers give essential support across the three nations, £95 can support them for a full day
  • Just £3.83 turns an ordinary citizen into superhero Dementia Friend! There is a stigma attached to living with dementia that is both deeply hurtful, and overwhelmingly unfair. Dementia Friends is at its core an instrument for societal change, waking people up to the truth about dementia and helping them understand the impact on people’s lives

Why you should step forward and join our challenge

  • The health benefits – walking can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and give you an energy boost
  • Burn calories – walking can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep active
  • This challenge is a great way to keep motivated to stay active, by helping you strive for a consistent daily exercise target
  • Help us beat dementia – The money you raise from this challenge will help fund a range of important services to help people affected by dementia

FAQs

What is Step Up for Dementia?

We’re challenging everyone to walk 850,000 steps within three months – that’s the same number of people living with dementia in the UK right now.  You can track your steps each day using a pedometer, smart watch or your phone. If you’d like to increase the distance and set a higher target, that’s completely up to you!

Are there any registration or participation fees?

No – Step Up for Dementia is free to take part!

Is there a fundraising target?

We’re asking you to raise at least £100 each to help support people with dementia. That’s just 10 x £10 donations.

How do I get my Step Up for Dementia medal?

Everyone who raises £100 or more on their Step Up for Dementia fundraising page will receive a special medal to say thank you. Your medal will be posted to you within a month of you completing your challenge.

How do I fundraise?

Please set up a Just Giving page to fundraise. All income is transferred directly to us. You will be able to share your progress on Facebook and Twitter too. We will also provide fundraising tips and support throughout your journey. We ask you to get any final donations over to us within a month of completing your challenge.  

Where can I get a sponsorship form?

A sponsorship form will be in your event fundraising pack and you can download one too. We can of course send more copies in the post if you need them - simply email us at [email protected] to request this.  

How will Alzheimer’s Society use the funds I have raised?

Your money raised will make a big difference to the lives of many affected by dementia. To find out more you can visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk

Can I take cash donations?

You can pay offline donations into your fundraising page, you also have the option to collect sponsorship via our sponsorship form or by sending us a cheque. Please view the full list on how to send in your offline donations.

Can I meet other people taking part?

Yes! Once you've signed up please join our Facebook group to chat away.

Got a question?

Our friendly team will be more than happy to help!

Call us on 0330 333 0804 or email [email protected]

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