Moonlight Walk Fundraising Tips and FAQs

Join us on Saturday 24 February 2018 for Moonlight Walk in Croydon

Moonlight Walk

Why we need you

This year we aim to raise £35,000 to expand our bereavement services and to help keep them free for all future families.

The money raised from this event will go towards St Christopher’s Bereavement Services and Woodside Bereavement Services who we work in partnership with.

Your support will make a real difference to the children, young people and families we support through our counselling services.

Raising money and sponsorship information

Fundraising ideas

To help you with meeting your target, why not carry out alternative fundraising activities?

  • A collection tin at work could pay for an hour of support on the telephone
  • A cake sale could pay for a one hour bereavement counselling session for an individual or family
  • A film evening or dinner evening could pay for a group evening bereavement counselling session
  • A quiz or bingo night could pay for a group day bereavement counselling session.

Moonlight Walkers

Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned pro, we hope these hints and tips will give you a few ideas for raising all-important funds for St Christopher’s.

Make it personal

Tell people why St Christopher’s and hospice care is important to you. If people can see your passion and commitment to our cause, they are more likely to give generously.

Set a target

It’s always good to have something for you and your supporters to aim for, and setting a fundraising target is the best way to do this. Choose a target that is challenging yet achievable, and keep everyone updated with how you are getting on. There is no minimum sponsorship but we could encourage people to raise at least £50.

Online fundraising with JustGiving

Setting up an online page with JustGiving is the best way to raise awareness and collect donations. The most successful online donation pages feature photos and your personal motivation for supporting St Christopher’s.

Start a Just Giving online fundraising page and remember to email it to all your friends, family and colleagues so they can start sponsoring you. If you need support in setting up your online fundraising page, please email moonlightwalk@stchristophers.org.uk

Sponsorship forms

Ask family, friends and local businesses to promote your fundraising by displaying sponsorship forms and information about St Christopher’s in their workplace or shop windows.

Download your Moonlight Walk sponsorship form

Remind people to sponsor you

People have busy lives and if they don’t respond the first time you email or ask them, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to sponsor you, they might just need a little nudge!

Paying Sponsorship

You can pay in your sponsorship on the day or send them to Fundraising Department, St Christopher’s, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 6DZ. Cheques are payable to St Christopher’s.

Please do not send cash in the post, come and see us during office hours (9am-5pm) at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham we would love to meet you. Don’t forget to attach your sponsorship with your sponsorship form.

Money raised through online giving pages automatically transfer to our bank account. For money raised outside of this, please use the link below.

Pay in your sponsorship money

Gift Aid

If your supporters are UK taxpayers, ask them to tick the Gift Aid option on your sponsorship form or online. This adds an extra 25% to the amount they give you, at no extra cost to them.

Cash matching

Many companies offer a Matched Giving Scheme – this means that for every pound you raise, your company could match it! It’s an easy way for you to double your money. Remember you must tell us if your company will do this.

Moonlight Walkers

Promote what you’re doing

You are doing a wonderful thing by walking for St Christopher’s on Saturday 24 February 2018. Be proud of what you are doing and talk about it as much as possible! People can surprise you – you never know who will be inspired to support you so remember to use different networks.

Get social media savvy

  • Include your online fundraising page on Facebook or set up a group and get people to join – tag stchrishospice on Facebook
  • Tweet us @stchrishospice using #MoonlightWalk – we can’t wait to read them!
  • If you have taken part before, why not post some pictures of your previous Moonlight Walk to help inspire others?
  • If you have a story to share, please email moonlightwalk@stchristophers.org.uk – we’d love to hear it.

Questions and answers

Timing information

Registration opens at 6pm. For your safety you must sign in on arrival. At approximately 6.30pm, there will be speeches and a warm up. The walk will commence at 7pm.

We ask you to return no later than 10.30pm for us to congratulate you and to receive your medal!  We ask everyone to vacate the Coloma Convent School by 11pm.

How do I register?

Registration will re-open on 2 January 2018 and will close on Monday 19 February.

Can I register on the day?

No, we require everyone taking part to register in advance for everyone’s safety. Registration will close in advance on Monday 19 February

Registration Fees:

Your registration fee covers the event administration events and registration fee is non-refundable.

  • Adults £20
  • Child (aged 12-17) £10
  • Child (aged 11 and under) Free

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the walk.

Are teams allowed?

Yes, please let us know that you are signing up as a team. Please include your team name.

T-shirts

Don’t forget to purchase an exclusive Moonlight Walk Croydon T-shirt for £5 in advance at St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham every Wednesday between 9am and 5pm from 10 January to 14 February 2018.

Please note, T-shirts are first-come, first service and subject to availability.

Download your Moonlight Walk dedication (PDF)

We are asking all participants to collect their t-shirt before the date so you can wear it before and your training days. It is great way to let everyone know you are supporting St Christopher’s and makes a great keepsake from the day.

The route

The route will take in Shirley Windmill and Addington Viewing Platform. The walk is not a race.  We will give you a copy of the map on the night.

How long is the route?

The route is approximately 4 miles and the walk is not a race. Average walker may take approx. 1hr 40 minutes – 2 hours.

Start & Finish

Coloma Convent School, Coloma Convent School car park, Upper Shirley Road, Croydon, CR9 5AS

Wheelchair and Pram

There will be a wheelchair and pram friendly route available. We recommend all such participants are accompanied. Please let us if you require the wheelchair and pram friendly route.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome but need to be on a lead.

Bicycle or Scooters

We do not allow the use of bicycles or scooters on this walk.

Wearing the right shoes and clothes

Please make sure you wear some comfortable and supportive shoes or trainers. The weather can vary so do come prepared for anything. If you have any reflective clothes and glow items, please do bring these with you.

Please bring a torch

We ask all participants to bring a torch as there will be areas along the route that lighting varies. There will be torches available to purchase on the night.

Cloakroom facilities

There are no cloakroom facilities, so you will not be able to leave your belongings behind when you do the walk.

Refreshments

There will be refreshments at the Chateau of Coombes Lane which will be supplied jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Croydon and surrounds. There will be light refreshments to purchase at the starting point.  Please bring water and snacks for your comfort.

Do I have to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship?

We ask all walkers to raise as much sponsorship as possible to help our family bereavement services continue to offer support for anyone whose relative or friend was cared for by St Christopher’s.

Where does the money go?

The money you raise will support St Christopher’s Bereavement services and Woodside Bereavement Services.

Woodside Bereavement Service

We are also proud to be holding this walk in partnership with Woodside Bereavement Service, a free counselling service for families living in the Croydon area who are experiencing bereavement and loss.

Walkers Guide

When you sign up, we will send you your walkers guide that will cover everything you will need. This will include event & safety information, fundraising tips and sponsorship form.

How to get there

Address:

Coloma Convent School car park, Upper Shirley Road, Croydon, CR9 5AS

By car

Parking in and around Coloma Convent School, the base for Moonlight Walk, is very limited, and parking restrictions are enforced. We highly recommend that you use public transport on the night.

There will be provision for disabled parking, however, please let us know in advance as this will be very limited.

By public transport

From East Croydon train station take the 466 bus towards Addington Village and get off at Shirley Windmill stop.
The journey will take approximately 20 mins. The 466 leaves East Croydon train station 4 times every hour. Buses back from the school are available up until 11:30pm.

The closest tram stops are Coombe Lane, Sandilands and Addiscombe, all of which are serviced by the 466 bus service to Coloma Convent School/Shirley Windmill stop. Make sure you plan your route in advance, visit www.tfl.gov.uk

I am no longer able to take part, what should I do?

Please let us know by emailing moonlightwalk@stchristophers.org.uk or calling the team on 020 8768 4575.

If you can’t make our Moonlight Walk, why not organise a walk near you!

Choose the date, the time and the distance that suits you with our #Walkyourway initiative. Please visit www.stchristophers.org.uk/walkyourway or call the Fundraising team on 020 8768 4575.

Good luck – and thank you!

We can’t thank you enough for taking part in the Moonlight Walk and supporting St Christopher’s.

If you need any more information about the event, fundraising or our work please call the Moonlight Walk Team on 020 8768 4575 or email moonlightwalk@stchristophers.org.uk

Good luck with your fundraising! Remember, if you need any more help please get in touch.