All the money you raise by taking part in The Ovarian Cancer Walk will help us to improve early diagnosis, fund life saving research and provide much needed support to women with ovarian cancer. We ask that every walker raises a minimum of £100 to support our work. Let us help you hit your target.
- £100 could allow us to make more people aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer
- £200 could pay for one day of medical research into new treatments
- £500 will mean that 3750 women a year can check and track ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors such as family history with our Symptoms App
- £1000 could help us fund one of our support events such as our Being Together Day this May in Sheffield.
Tips and FAQs
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You'll find fundraising tips and answers to frequently asked questions about fundraising for The Ovarian Cancer Walk below.
- Is there a minimum sponsorship amount?
- Can I fundraise online?
- Can I have a sponsorship form instead of a JustGiving page?
- Why is there a minimum sponsorship target?
- How do I send my money in?
- When do I send my money in?
- How can I make my fundraising page more successful?
- I want to talk to the local press, can you help?
- Getting sponsors is difficult for me. How else can I raise the minimum?
We ask that every walker aims to raise a minimum of £100 for Target Ovarian Cancer. There is no minimum sponsorship target for under 18s, but we do encourage children to fundraise.
We encourage people to use online sponsorship as this saves time and money for us. It also makes it easier for you and your friends as you don’t have to go round collecting sponsorship money and then sending it to us. This year we're using Active Network and JustGiving to help us with our registration process and fundraising - when you sign up to The Ovarian Cancer Walk, your JustGiving page can be automatically set up for you, meaning one less thing you need to worry about!
Of course. Print off our sponsorship and Gift Aid declaration form so people can donate simply and easily.
The aim of The Ovarian Cancer Walk is to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer, to allow us to continue to improve early diagnosis, find new treatments, and provide support for women with ovarian cancer. There is a target of £100 so that we are able to estimate how much money will be raised and how much we can invest in our vital work. By asking friends, family and colleagues for sponsorship you are raising vital awareness too.
There are three ways that you can send your money to us:
Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Target Ovarian Cancer’ to: The Ovarian Cancer Walk, Target Ovarian Cancer, 2 Angel Gate, City Road, London. EC1V 2PT
We can take credit and debit card payment over the phone. Call us on 0207 923 5474 to make your donation.
If you are fundraising online with JustGiving your money comes to us directly - you do not have to do anything. If you are fundraising offline we ask that you send your sponsorship as soon as possible after the event. If you hold a fundraising event e.g. a coffee morning or work fundraiser, we ask that you please send us the money as you raise it rather than waiting until after the event. Remember to ask your friends for donations again after the walk as 20 per cent of sponsorship money is usually raised after the event. We'd really appreciate it if all your sponsorship is with us by 1 December 2017 - this is when we will send you a certificate with your fundraising total.
- Add The Ovarian Cancer Walk logo to your page so everyone can see what you are taking part in.
- Personalise your message. If friends and family can read why you took part they are more likely to donate.
- Add a photo of yourself, with the Target Ovarian Cancer logo. This makes your page much more personal. You can even add a film if you want!
- Update your message. Sponsors will appreciate learning as much as possible about what you are doing.
- You can add a Text Giving feature to your JustGiving page for those who prefer to donate this way.
- Let everyone know you're taking part in The Ovarian Cancer Walk and keep reminding them to sponsor you! Here are some ways to ask people for sponsorship:
Email all your contacts and let them know what you’re up to. If you have time to write personal messages, these are more likely to result in donations. Remember: the day after pay day is when they are most generous! You could also add the link to your page to your email signiture, whether it's your work or personal account.
Post a message with the link to your sponsorship page and ask friends to share your page with their networks. If you are using JustGiving you can add the fundraising pagewidget to your Facebook page to make it easier than ever for all your friends to sponsor you. Don't worry about reminding people - post new training photos and updates along with the link to your page - people may forget to sponsor you and need a few reminders before they get around to it!
Tweet the link to your sponsorship page and ask everyone to retweet it. Include @TargetOvarian in your tweet and the hashtag #TheOvarianCancerWalk.
Add a link to your fundraising page at the bottom of your email, this way all your contacts, suppliers and colleagues will know about the amazing challenge you are undertaking. Remember to ask your boss first though!
Talking to your local media (newspapers, magazines, radio or TV) about what you're doing is a great idea. You'll inspire other people in your area to get involved, and let them know about ovarian cancer. To get you started, get in touch with us for a draft press release with a couple of ideas on how to get your story out there. You can call us on 0207 923 5474 or email email@example.com to request a media pack.
We know that sometimes getting sponsorship is hard. You might do a lot of fundraising and have exhausted your supporters, or you may not work and so have a smaller social circle to approach for help. Don't worry - there are plenty of ways to fundraise! You are only limited by your imagination.
In the past our walkers have
- held a coffee morning or a cake sale for friends, at work, or in their local community
- organised pub fundraisers
- put collection tins in local shops
- arranged for a dress-down day at their local school (or a dress purple/pink day)
- asked their work to match their fundraising