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#850 Step Challenge

There are 850 million people living with kidney disease worldwide. This is not OK. Choose your month and complete 8,500 steps a day to give hope and a brighter future to kidney patients.

Step to save lives!

Kidney disease has jumped from the 13th to the 10th common cause of death. Research holds the key to change this.

Complete 8,500 steps every day, any month you choose and together we can end kidney disease.

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Other ways you can get involved…



Walk, run or cycle 850 miles or km throughout 2021 and try to raise £85 or £850.

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Choose to ride 8.5km, a huge 85km or an epic 850km throughout July.

Find out more London Marathon Team Kidney

Do your own challenge

Raise £85 or £850 in 2021 by doing whatever you want to do. Your fundraising, your way!

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Frequently asked questions

Why are there sponsorship targets for guaranteed event places? Expand

We have to pay for our places in the various events along with advertising packages to promote our places to the public. For some of the most popular races, this can be very expensive.

To ensure that we contribute as much of your money as possible towards research into kidney disease we, like other charities, have to set a minimum sponsorship target.

Those people who have been successful in securing their own place in an event have paid for that place themselves, and so it would be unfair to set them a target to cover costs which they have already paid for.

Do I have to set up an online fundraising page? Expand

No, however we do recommend that you set up your own Just Giving fundraising page to collect sponsorship.

You can personalise your page, add photos, talk about what you’re doing and why, set a fundraising target and then send your page link to your friends, family and colleagues so that they can sponsor you easily and securely.

All money donated online is received directly into our bank account which means you do not have to spend time collecting in any money raised.

Is Gift Aid included in my sponsorship target? Expand

Our policy like that of many other charities, is that Gift Aid is not included in sponsorship targets.

What happens if I cannot raise the minimum sponsorship for my chosen event? Expand

When you apply for one of our guaranteed places, you will be asked to complete an application form. On this form, you sign to say that you understand you will be committing to paying the relevant registration fee, and raising the relevant amount of sponsorship money. If you fall short of the sponsorship amount, we will work with you to try to establish a means of you paying the money to us – perhaps setting up instalments over a period of time.

Our team is here to support you from the moment you sign up to ensure that you are able to raise the required amount. We encourage all participants to contact us as soon as possible if they have any concerns about reaching their target.

It is important that you consider the commitment to the charity before you apply for one of our places. If you think you may struggle fulfilling your commitment we would suggest that you enter the public ballot for your chosen event and try to get your own place, that way you will just be asked to raise as much money as possible.

If you are taking part in an overseas event and are fundraising for a minimum amount, you will be required to pay in 80 per cent of your sponsorship money approximately two months before your trip departs. If you do not pay this money in by the deadline set when you sign up, there is a chance that you will not be able to take part in your event.

How do I pay in the money I’ve raised? Expand

Thank you for all of the hard work you’ve put into your fundraising, this will help us continue to fund research into kidney disease. Now all that’s left to do is send it in.

Pay in your money online

If you’ve been collecting money through our own fundraising pages, a Just Giving or a Virgin Money Giving page then the money will be sent to us automatically.

If you are having issues setting up your fundraising page please call our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 1100.

You can pay in your money by telephone

Call: 0300 303 1100 to make your donation.

Please send your cheque made payable to ‘Kidney Research UK’ to:

Supporter Care Team
Kidney Research UK
Nene Hall
Lynch Wood Park

If you have received one of our fundraising toolkits, you can complete the banking form found within the pack and enclose with your cheque/s.

Can I hold a raffle to raise some money? Expand

Raffles can be a great way of raising some additional money for your challenge. However, there are some strict rules governing how they can be run.

The simplest way to hold a raffle within the rules is to hold it alongside another event; a pub quiz for example. You will need to sell the tickets during your event, and the raffle has to be drawn and prizes given out on the same night. If you do a raffle this way, you won’t need a licence.

Can I fundraise with a friend? Expand

Yes absolutely, if there are two or more of you doing an event, then you can get together to raise your money. Just remember that sponsorship targets are per person.

Other useful stuff


Fundraising resources

Get all the materials and resources you need for your fundraiser.

Get tips Volunteers at London Marathon

Dress to impress

Get extra merchandise and show everyone you’re on #TeamKidney.

Visit our shop Bucket collection volunteers

Shout about it

Let everyone know you’re fundraising by using our social toolkit.

Coming soon London Marathon Team Kidney

Got your own place?

Tell us about your event and we’ll support you all the way.

Tell us more Volunteers at the London Marathon cheering station

Fundraise online

Get your fundraising off to a flying start with your own JustGiving page.

Get fundraising

Got a question? Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to chat about one of our events, the team here at Kidney Research UK are happy to help. Please get in touch.

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