Resources and FAQs
Here you can find answers to some of the most common questions we are often asked. If the topic you are enquiring about is not covered below, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
I would like to find out more information about an event; where can I get this?
Information about all our events can be found in the Events section of our website. Each Kidney Research UK event has its own information page. Event listings are broken down into event categories to help you find a suitable event.
I have raised some money for your charity and would like to pay it in. How can I do this?
You've done it - well done! Thank you for all of the hard work you've put into raising money for Kidney Research UK, this will help us continue with our life-saving research into kidney disease. Now all that's left to do is send it in.
If you've raised money as part of a challenge trek, there are specific arrangements on where and when to send in the money. Please refer to the information in your welcome pack for further details, or give our Events Team a call on: 0300 303 1100.
Otherwise, here's what to do:
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.
Call: 0300 303 1100 to make your donation.
Please send your cheque/s to:
Supporter Care Team
Kidney Research UK
Lynch Wood Park
Please make all cheques payable to 'Kidney Research UK'.
If you have received one of our fundraising toolkits, please complete the banking form found within the pack and enclose with your cheque/s.
I would like to download a sponsorship form from your website, where can I find one?
If you require a sponsorship form, please click here to download. Alternatively, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and they will put one in the post for you.
Do I have to set up an online fundraising page?
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.
Why are there sponsorship targets for guaranteed places in running events, while people who have their own place just have to raise as much as possible?
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 into our life-saving 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.
Is Gift Aid included in my sponsorship target?
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 full amount stipulated as the minimum sponsorship for my chosen challenge?
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.
However, 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% 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.
Can I hold a street collection to raise some money?
Street collections can be a great way to raise money, but you will need permission from the person who owns the land before your collection can take place.
If you want to collect on your local high street, you will need to contact your local council (or the Metropolitan Police if you live in London).
If you want to collect at the entrance of your local supermarket, it might be the supermarket which owns the land, in which case you will need their permission.
You will also need to have a copy of permission from Kidney Research UK for the collection to take place. If you want to arrange a street collection, contact the Supporter Care team for advice on how to go about this.
Can I hold a raffle to raise some money?
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.
If you want to hold a raffle on its own, you will need a specific licence so please get in touch with: email@example.com
Can I fundraise with a friend?
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.
If you are going to fundraise with a friend or as a team all we ask is that you let us know as soon as you can. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org