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Sponsored walk success

What could be better than a lovely walk with family and friends, raising money for your cause in the process?

A sponsored walk is a great way to raise money without the need for lots of planning and volunteers. It also promotes exercise, takes your fundraising into the public eye and brings your whole community together. With a short, flat route, everyone can join in - even those in buggies and wheelchairs.

David Keys, PTA secretary at Phoenix Integrated Primary School, Cookstown (180 pupils) told us: 'The PTA of Phoenix IPS is small and relatively new, so it's important for us to keep our events simple. Last year we decided to run a sponsored walk, incorporating a 'fact hunt'. Participants had to answer questions about landmarks along the route, for example, what date a building was constructed, or the number on a particular post box.
 Participants had two options for raising money - sponsorship or an entry fee of £10 per family. On entering, every pupil received a fact hunt pack which included a sponsorship form and map. Just over 100 walkers took part. Only on the day were they given the question sheet! The route started and finished at school where we provided tea, coffee and juice, and sold cupcakes donated by parents. The walk itself went through the centre of town and back - just over a mile. This was short enough for all ages, and we kept road crossings to a minimum. We completed a risk assessment prior to the event, walking the route to check for any potential issues, and we had PTA members supervising the group on the day (12 volunteers in total). We contacted the local police station to make them aware that the event was taking place. On the day, our principal gave a quick talk before everyone set off, explaining that parents were expected to supervise their children at all times.The sponsored walk was very easy to organise, and raised £1,150. Not bad given that it really only took a morning to scope out the route and set the questions, and a few hours to prepare all the paperwork!'

Download our step-by-step guide to running a sponsored walk, including tips and advice.

Have you run a similar sponsored event? We'd love to hear from you! Email the Let's Get Fundraising team.



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