Create your own walk FAQs


How much will it cost me to enter?

There is no charge for signing-up to create your own walk. Simply sign-up and we'll send your welcome pack with all that you need plan and do your walk.

What’s included in my welcome pack?

In your welcome pack you'll receive:

  • Welcome letter
  • Welcome booklet with planning and fundraising information
  • One branded t-shirt
  • Sponsorship form
  • Poster to promote and invite others to join your walk
  • Dedication bib
  • Stickers
  • Branded banner
  • Cardboard collection box

When will I receive my welcome pack and t-shirt?

You’ll receive your welcome pack and t-shirt up to three weeks after you have registered and received your registration confirmation email. If you haven’t received it after this time, please get in touch by emailing thebigstepfoward@pancreaticcancer.org.uk or calling our Supporter Care team on 020 3535 7090. If you would like a t-shirt for anyone else joining your walk, you can buy them on our online shop.

How old do I need to be to create my own walk?

There is no minimum age requirement to create your own walk. However, we do recommend that children under 18 who want to create a walk, ask their parent or guardian to sign-up and help them to create and plan the walk, and also accompany them on the day.

Is there a deadline for creating my walk?

You can create a walk for any date of your choice in 2020. We recommend planning your walk for a day in Spring or Summer, so that there is better chance of good weather, however this is entirely up to you.

What happens if I have to cancel my own walk?

If you need to cancel your walk please just let us know by calling 020 3535 7090 or sending an email to thebigstepforward@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

It will also be your responsibility to let people who are due to attend the walk, know that it is cancelled.

Can I cancel my own walk and join The Big Step Forward in Beckenham Place Park instead?

Yes you can. You will need to let us know that you are cancelling your own walk first. Then as long as the event isn't full already you can register (and pay the current registration fee) for the event in Beckenham Place Park on 16th May and you'll get a new welcome pack sent out to you.


How much sponsorship money do I need to raise?

We are asking that everyone who signs up to create their own Big Step Forward aims to pledge to raise a minimum of £100 to help fund world-class research to speed up diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and improve treatments.

It is up to you how you do this. You can raise it entirely through sponsorship or you could charge people a fee to take part in your walk.

How can I reach the fundraising target?

We recommend creating an online fundraising page and sharing it with friends and family. For more ideas to help you reach your fundraising target, take a look at our Fundraising Tips and Tools page.

How do I set up an online fundraising page?

When you complete your online registration form, your Big Step Forward Funraisin page will be automatically created. You can then add photos, your story, set your target and get sharing your page!

If you would prefer to use a different platform, you can also find The Big Step Forward - Create your own walk event set-up on JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving.

Can I raise sponsorship money offline?

Yes! In your Welcome Pack, you’ll receive a paper sponsorship form to collect any offline sponsorships, along with instructions for how to pay in these donations. You'll also recieve a cardboard collection box which will help you to collect in even more money.

When does my fundraising need to reach you by?

Money from an online fundraising page will come directly to us, so you won’t have to worry about this. You can pay in your offline donations here or refer to the sponsorship form for alternative paying-in methods.

As there is no set date for the Create your own walk part of The Big Step Forward, there is no set date you must send your money to us. However, the sooner the better so we just ask that you send your offline sponsorship money to us as soon as possible after you've collected it all.


Can we sign up in a group?

We encourage you to take part with friends and family, however you don't all need to sign up.

One lead person can sign up and recieve the welcome pack. However there will only be one t-shirt provided in the pack. If you want more t-shirts for other walkers in your group, you can order more here.

Is everyone in the group required to raise £100?

No, we only ask that the lead person who has signed up and received the welcome pack, aims to try and raise £100 to help us support more world-class research to speed up diagnosis and improve treatments.

However, if you want to ask your fellow walkers to help you the raise the money, you can of course do that.

Can we fundraise as a group?

Yes. When you sign up as a group, you can create a team fundraising page.

How can I order additional t-shirts for other people joining my walk?

You can purchase additional Big Step Forward branded t-shirts from our online shop. T-shirts are priced at £5 each.

If you are interested in finding out more about taking part in our flagship Big Step Forward event on 16th May instead, you can visit our flagship event frequently asked questions page.