Fundraising support centre

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We answer your questions

How do I get a fundraising pack and when will it arrive?

Just sign up and fill in the form to let us know you’re planning to take part.

We’ll try to get your pack to you within seven to ten days of registering. If you don’t  receive it, please let us know by email or by phone 0844 375 1451.


Can I register to join my friend’s walk?

Yes, simply select ‘Joining a Friends Walk’ on our registration page and enter the name of your friends event. We’ll then send you a fundraising pack and T-shirt to wear on the day.


How can I raise more money on top of sponsorship?

How should I go about finding a route to walk?

How far in the future should I pick a date for my walk?

Lots of things can affect how far in advance you plan your walk. Will you need to do some training? Will you want to hold extra fundraising events to help you reach your target?

If you’re hoping to lead a large walk, how much notice might people need to get it in their diaries? And will you need time to apply for permission from the council or land owners?

Lots of our walkers start planning three to six months before their walk to give them plenty of time to fit fundraising and planning round their busy lives. If you’re planning something ambitious, you might need a bit longer.


What can I do to make sure my walk is safe?


Are you taking on a solo challenge? If so, it can be safer (and more fun) to have friends or family meet you at points along the way. If that’s not possible, make sure there’s someone who knows your route and is waiting to meet you at the end.

For an excellent and detailed safety checklist, have a look at the Mountain Rescue website. Their advice is tailored for hills and mountains, but is well worth a read whatever kind of walk you’re planning.

Are you leading or organising a walk? If so, one of the most important things to do is a risk assessment. This will help you to anticipate and plan for anything that might go wrong. You can find advice about how to do a risk assessment at the Health and Safety Executive.

There’s also some useful information on organising your own event at the Institute of Fundraising.

You will also need to consider whether or not you need insurance. This might be insurance for yourself if you’re doing an overseas walk or public liability insurance if you’re holding a public event. For private events this may not be necessary.

If need advice about any of this, get in touch with our fundraising support team on 0300 1000 200 or by email at


What gear do I need to take?

This depends on the type of walk you’ll be doing. Please make sure you have the correct supplies, for example:

  • Water 
  • Snacks 
  • Map 
  • Compass 
  • Mobile phone 
  • Suitable footwear 
  • Waterproofs
  • Warm clothing

If you’re doing a hill or mountain walk, there’s some great advice about gear on the Mountain Rescue website.


What's the country code? And do I need to abide by it?

You can read the country code here. Please make sure you follow the code and make others in your group aware of it too.


Where can I find help with training?

If you’re planning a challenging walk, our trekking team has some really handy training guides. You’ll find day-by-day schedules, plus advice on everything from eating well to fitting training into a busy life.

Download the UK hike or overseas hike training guide.

Download your Training Guide here:


I'm planning a walk with lots of people, where can I find more advice?

Planning a large walking event can seem a bit daunting but we’ve teamed up with Walk 4 Life to help make planning your own event easy with lots of useful online resources. Simply visit the Walk 4 Life website for more information.


Do I need to check with my local council?

If you're organising a large event you may need to check with your local council about whether there are any special permissions required. Does the walk cross any local farms or private land? If so let them know about your event as this will ensure that they know in advance and will help avoid problems.

Do I need to get insurance?

By organising your own fundraising event in aid of Macmillan, you are responsible for taking adequate steps to make sure that the event poses no risk to others, therefore, you will need to carry out the appropriate risk assessments and consider whether or not you need insurance. Check that any buildings or equipment that you hire are covered. Insurance is often included in the hire fee but not always.

You may need to consider arranging public liability cover for some events, which will protect you against claims made by third parties for injury or property damage as a result of negligence.  In most cases, for public and/or hazardous events, you may need public liability cover in place. For private events this may not be necessary. Please seek advice if you are unsure. 

For more information you can contact the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or by email on


Can I get another sponsorship form?

When will I receive my fundraising pack?

You should receive your pack within seven to ten days of registering. If you do not receive your pack and you believe it has been lost then please contact us by email or by phone 0844 375 1451 so that a replacement can be sent out to you.

How can I get posters and flyers to advertise my event?

You can create your own event materials using our online facility be.Macmillan. Once you register on the website you can create any materials you need for your event.

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