Frequently asked questions

Here's where you can find the answers to the frequently asked questions about Walk to Remember. Alternatively, call 0845 052 4184* or email walk@mariecurie.org.uk.

Walk to Remember walks are non-smoking events. 

Walk to Remember is open to all ages and abilities. However, please check with your doctor prior to the walk if you have any medical conditions that would endanger you or others taking part. 

There is no registration fee for people under the age of 16, so you don’t need to register them beforehand. Every person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the walk. 

Go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/walking, select your Walk to Remember venue and click ‘Register now’. During the registration process you will be asked how many additional people you want to register, and to provide their t-shirt sizes. You will then receive a welcome pack for your team, including their t-shirts. As point of contact for your team please share all Walk to Remember information with them.

Your Walk to Remember T-shirt will be sent to you in your welcome pack, which will be posted from May onwards. If your T-shirt doesn’t fit you can exchange it for a different size on the night. You can also buy children’s T-shirts for a donation on the night.

We advise that you register as soon as you can, to give yourself enough time to raise as much money as possible. Registration will close one week before each Walk to Remember event. The online registration fee is £10. If you miss the chance to register online, registration is also available on the night, with a fee of £20. 

Setting up an online fundraising page is quick, easy and a hassle-free way of raising money. To set up your page, go to http://www.justgiving.com/mariecurie, select ‘set up your personal sponsorship page’, and then choose your Walk to Remember. Once your page is complete you can send the link to your family, friends and colleagues. 

Marie Curie will also support you with some fantastic fundraising tips, tools and advice leading up to your Walk to Remember event.

You will receive your sponsor form in your welcome pack. If you would like one sooner, contact the Walk to Remember team on 0845 052 4184* or by emailing walk@mariecurie.org.uk and request a paper form. 

Please bring your registration confirmation email to the event with you. We will be able to provide a replacement T-shirt to everyone who brings proof of registration with them.

The registration fee only contributes to the administrative costs of the event, so doesn’t go towards providing our services. The sponsorship money you raise will help your local Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes. We therefore have a recommended fundraising target of £100 per participant, which will pay for five hours of care. 

This may seem daunting, but Marie Curie will support you with some fantastic fundraising tips, tools and advice leading up to your Walk to Remember event.

You can pay your fundraising and sponsorship money in a way that is convenient for you: either online via JustGiving, by post or by phone. We cannot process money on the day of the walk so please do not bring sponsorship money to the event.

Online via JustGiving

If you have created a JustGiving page for Walk to Remember then you can pay your money in online. Visit JustGiving for details.

By post

Send your sponsor forms and cheque or CAF voucher made payable to Marie Curie to: Walk to Remember Team, PO Box 23897, 14 Links Place, Edinburgh, EH6 9AB. Please do not send cash in the post.

By phone

You can make a credit or debit card payment by phone on 0845 052 4184*. 

Please send your donations to Walk to Remember Team, PO Box 23897, 14 Links Place, Edinburgh, EH6 9AB.

All cheques or CAFs should be made out to “Marie Curie”. Please do not send cash in the post. If you would like to make a donation by credit or debit card, please call the Walk to Remember Team on 0845 052 4184*

10 km/6 miles, which on average takes 2-3 hours to walk. 

Yes. The route is circular so you will start and finish in the same area. We encourage you to bring a picnic to enjoy in the event area afterwards, where there will be entertainment and fireworks (at some locations) at 10pm, which coincides with the time many Marie Curie Nurses begin their night shift. 

Walk to Remember is a 10km walk, and the challenge for participants is to cover the entire distance. For the following events: Wollaton Hall, Stormont Estate, Ulster American Folk Park, and Wakehurst Place the walk is a repeated 5km loop, so you may choose not to complete the second loop. Please be honest with your sponsors about the distance you complete!

Most walks:

We ask participants to arrive from 5.30pm, as most walks will start at 6.30pm.

Exceptions:

  • Wollaton Hall: Please arrive from 6pm as the walk will start at 7pm.
  • Omagh: Please arrive from 6.30pm as the walk will start at 7.30pm.

We constantly monitor the weather forecast in the lead up to and throughout the day of the event so that if the weather is particularly bad, we can amend the walking route. Please dress appropriately and wear sensible footwear.

A Walk to Remember event would only be cancelled in the case of very extreme weather. If an event were cancelled all participants would be contacted via phone and email, and an announcement would go out on Marie Curie’s social media channels.

Yes! We want you to make the event as fun as possible – fancy dress is positively encouraged!

No. Walk to Remember is not a race and has only been designed for walking, so we ask all participants to walk the route. 

We recommend that all participants bring a torch. Walk to Remember routes are assessed for safety and where it is especially dark extra lighting will be provided. Marshals along the route will also have torches.

There is free onsite parking at all Walk to Remember events except for Wollaton Hall, Cardiff Castle and Osterley Park. For all other Walk to Remembers a parking area for the event will be well signed on arrival at the venue.

Wollaton Hall
Participants will need to pay for parking at Woolaton Hall:
£2.00 for the first four hours
£4.00 all day

Osterley Park
Participants will need to pay £4 per car to park at Osterley Park (free to National Trust members).

Cardiff Castle
There is no parking at Cardiff Castle but car parking is available at nearby Sophia Gardens. Sophia Gardens is the closest 24 hour car park. For SatNav users, the post code is CF11 9LJ.

Charges:

  • Up to 6 hours: £5.60
  • 6 – 12 hours: £8.20For other car parks please visit www.cardiff.gov.uk to plan your journey.

Gibside

There is very limited parking at Gibside and we ask participants to car share where possible. A shuttle bus from the Metro Centre may be used; please check back to the Gibside pages for further information closer to the event.

Yes. We have a number of volunteer roles at Walk to Remember events from marshalling the route to registering participants. See our Walk to Remember Volunteers page for more information. Please email event.delivery@mariecurie.org.uk and let us know what you would like to do. 

Dogs are welcome at most of our Walk to Remember events except for Cardiff Castle, Osterley Park, Sandringham and Wakehurst Place, where dogs are not allowed. For those walks where dogs are permitted please ensure that they are kept on a lead at all times.

Please be aware that there have been known instances of Seasonal Canine Illness in clusters across the UK. It has generally been seen between August and November. If owners are concerned or would like to know more, please go the Animal Health Trust’s website for further information.

We will have photographers at some of our Walk to Remember events this year. A selection of these photos will be added to the website as soon as possible – check back here to find out when the photos are live.

No, we do not give out maps of the route as we may need to revise the walking route on the day, for example due to inclement weather. The walk will be fully signed, marshalled, and there will be lead and back walkers to ensure everyone gets round the 10km course.

Yes, all walkers must have finished the walk by 10pm.

*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

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