What is Walk for Life?Walk for Life is Terrence Higgins Trust’s annual 10K sponsored walk through central London. The event fundraises for our Hardship Fund - a vital service which supports people living with HIV and affected by poverty. It’s also a fantastic day out and an opportunity for the HIV community in the UK to join together and raise vital awareness. Please join us!
To find out more about the history of Walk for Life, check out our Why Walk? page and look at our Event info.
When is it?Sunday 20 May 2012. Registration will start at 9.30am, the first walkers set off at 11am and the post walk festivities will run from 2pm-4.30pm.
Where is it?Potters Fields Park, London (that big bit of park between Tower Bridge and City Hall - you can’t miss it).
Who can take part?Everyone can. And when we say everyone, we mean EVERYONE. The walk is wheelchair, pushchair and even pet friendly. Age is no barrier, so your whole family can join in, but please make sure that anyone under 14 is accompanied by an adult on the day.
What if I can’t make it to London to join Walk for Life this year?We know that for some of you London might be a really long way to travel, or you might be busy on 20 May and so unable to come along, which is why we’ve created a fantastic DIY pack so that you can organise your very own Walk for Life in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust. How exciting!
How many people take part?We hope that this year it will be at least 1500 people, so invite everyone you know!
What’s the deadline for registering?We’ll close online and telephone registrations on Friday 18 May 2012 – but don’t worry, you can also register on the day of the Walk. Arrive early though – when we’re full, we’re full.
How much does it cost to take part?Registration costs just £15. This helps cover the cost of the event, meaning that as much of your sponsorship as possible goes where you want it to - our vital work for people living with HIV in severe financial need. And if you manage to raise £100 or more we’ll give you a FREE Walk for Life t-shirt too!
Do I have to come in fancy dress?Only if you want to! We hope that people will get into the spirit of our Kings and Queens theme this year, and we’re expecting a flourish of fabulous queens and dashing princes, but if dressing up isn’t your thing then plain clothed royals are of course welcome too.
Can I organise a team?Absolutely! If you're the leadership type, just create a team as part of the registration process and then ask your...if you've already registered as an individual but decide you want to join or create a team, just log in and follow the instructions to set up a team. Then let your family, friends and colleagues know that your team is ready for them to join. Once your team is set up, you can motivate each other to get the fundraising rolling in. You can even theme your fancy dress!
We operate a charity team scheme for other HIV charities taking part in Walk for Life, for more information about the scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7812 1665.
What happens on the day of the Walk?We’ve kept it nice and simple. The walk starts and finishes in Potters Fields Park. We’ll run a warm up, cut the ribbon and then you’re off! The route will be well signposted by stewards so you won’t get lost and can concentrate on the sights.
Most people finish the walk in 2-3 hours, when you finish we’ll shower you with gratitude (and a medal!) and then you can settle down for some well deserved post walk entertainment. Ahhhhhhh!
Isn’t 10km quite a long way?For someone like you? Never! It probably sounds like a bit of a hike, but once you’re on your way, you’ll realise that it’s anything but. Think of it as a hearty weekend stroll, rather than a physical challenge.
Should I bring the money I’ve raised offline with me on the day of the walk?No – please send it to us afterwards. We don’t have the facilities to store or process it on the day of Walk for Life.
How do I send THT the sponsorship money I’ve raised?If you’ve raised money online, then you don’t have to do a thing – it will come through to us automatically. One of the reasons we encourage people to fundraise online is that it’s just so easy.
If you’ve raised money offline, then please don’t bring it with you on the day of the walk – send it to us afterwards instead. Download the paying in form on the Start Fundraising page to find out how.
What is Gift Aid?If your sponsors are UK taxpayers, the Government will pay Terrence Higgins Trust an additional 25p for every £1 they give if they tick the Gift Aid box when sponsoring you and fill in their name, home address and postcode. Their home address is a requirement for a valid Gift Aid claim, so please encourage your sponsors to provide this.
Do I have to raise a minimum amount?No you don’t. Every contribution we receive is really appreciated, so just try to raise as much as you can! Don’t forget though, everyone who manages to raise £100 or more will receive a FREE Walk for Life t-shirt.
We hope this has answered your questions. If not, just give the Walk for Life Team a call on 020 7812 1665 or email email@example.com, we’re happy to help!