Organise your own walk or trek
Organise your own walk or trek
Make it a challenge. Make it matter.
Organise your own walk or trek and help beat dementia with every step. Choose your distance and location, and make it matter for dementia support. By putting on your walking boots, you’ll be funding crucial services for people living with dementia.
We can't beat dementia alone. Whether you walk a few miles with friends or tackle a mountain, every pound you raise will bring us closer to a cure.
So what are you waiting for? Make it matter and order a free fundraising pack today.
How to get started
What you’ll get
When you fundraise for us, you will receive:
- a welcome pack with tips to get you started and fundraising help
- free breathable trekking top once you raise £200
- online fundraising hub and materials
- support from our dedicated events team
- a free cotton t-shirt when you sign up
- training information and access to professional coaches
Can I organise a walk during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Exercise and wellbeing is more important than ever, so as long as your walk complies with government guidance - yes! It’s important to keep up to date with current coronavirus restrictions regarding travel and whether you can take part with those outside your household. The beauty of organising your own walk allows for flexibility of when you take on your challenge - please just email us if your event date changes.
How long should my walk take?
This is dependant on your route. On average, it takes 20-30 minutes to walk a mile, taking into account a slower pace when admiring scenery and trekking through uneven terrain. Use this to roughly work out how long your route will take, adding an extra 30 minutes for every 1,000 ft of uphill walking.
Whether you walk two miles or 200, it’s completely up to you! There’s no time limit so you can do it all at your own pace. When you sign up you will have access to training advice from our specialist coaches.
How do I organise my walk?
I don't yet have a date for my walk - can I sign up?
Absolutely! We ask for the date of your walk when you register as this allows us to send you support leading up to your challenge, but if you are not yet sure when to do yours please put a rough estimate on the online form. We are also aware that plans may change or you have to push back the date. In any of these cases, please email us with your revised date so we can keep supporting you ahead of your trek for Alzheimer's Society.
How much do I have to fundraise?
There’s no strict minimum fundraising target, but if you raise £200 or more you will receive a stylish Alzheimer’s Society trekking top. The more you raise, the more you will be helping people affected by dementia.
How can I fundraise?
Our handy pack and online fundraising hub contain all kinds of tips and advice for fundraising. There are a whole host of ideas, from cake sales to quizzes. Setting up a JustGiving page is easy and if you share it with friends and family on social media they can see your achievements.
How do I contact you?
How your money helps
Your walk could have a life-changing impact for people affected by dementia:
£50 would enable researchers to use an innovative picture communication tool that helps people with advanced dementia to manage problems with eating and drinking.
£208 would fund one of our Side by Side services for a day. This one-to-one volunteer programme empowers people with dementia to keep on doing the things they enjoy.
£1,560 could fund one week of an Alzheimer’s Society clinical fellowship, which allows clinicians and healthcare professionals to carry out research to improve care and treatment for people with dementia.
What people say
'Going on walks across the UK has become a huge part of my life, and a great distraction from the pressures of everyday life. I've lost weight, made friends and found a fantastic new hobby!' - Sophie from London
'My advice to anyone contemplating taking on a challenge - don’t waste time thinking that you can’t do it, aren’t fit enough, wouldn’t be able to raise the money... because, whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve.' - Judith, who trekked the Great Wall of China
‘Walking around the world sounds bonkers but it is actually quite doable - I hope to walk 20 miles a day. It will take, and this is very much a guesstimate, three and a half years.' - Tom from Buckinghamshire