Even though we can't come together as we usually would for WALK IT, we are so excited to introduce our new virtual event - My WALK IT!

We've created a round up of questions and answers we think you'll find helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why have you cancelled WALK IT 2020?

WALK IT is our flagship walk series that brings together thousands of people from the Crohn’s and Colitis community across the UK. As you may be aware, we had already postponed our WALK IT series until early Autumn. However, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic currently affecting the UK, there is still a lot of uncertainty about mass events for the remainder of the year. As a charity we want to take all necessary steps to ensure we are protecting the health and wellbeing of our supporters, members, volunteers and staff.

We have taken the decision to cancel the WALK IT 2020 events, rather than postpone them again, as we feel this best supports the needs of our community. This was not an easy decision. WALK IT is our largest event and our fundraisers are so generous in raising significant funds for us through their sponsorship each year.

Although we cannot come together at WALK IT as we usually would, we are delighted to launch My WALK IT! This virtual walking event is for everyone, everywhere and can be done at home or in your local area. We would love you to join us! Funds raised will go towards supporting those living with Crohn’s and Colitis. Please sign up here.

We have published information on the website about Coronavirus for people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis which can be viewed here.

What is My WALK IT?

My WALK IT is a new virtual challenge which you can complete to support the Crohn’s and Colitis community, even in lockdown. You can choose to walk 5k or 10k – this could be in your local park, laps of your garden or living room, or even done over several days! All participants will receive a virtual medal and certificate upon completing their distance.

This is an exciting new way for our supporters to raise funds and the much-needed awareness through talking about Crohn’s and Colitis, and the work of the charity. To help support the charity’s work, we encourage you to raise £100 if you can, and if you raise over £50 you’ll be eligible for a physical medal!

How much does it cost to enter?

For both distances, adult registration is £5. We rely on fundraising to support our vital work, so please do try to do some fundraising if you can by setting up a JustGiving page here. The money you raise will make a real difference to the lives of those living with Crohn’s and Colitis. And, if you raise over £50, you will be eligible for a physical medal!

What if I'd already registered for WALK IT 2020?

If you had already registered for one of our WALK IT 2020 events, we are waiving the entry fee to My WALK IT. Please email us for a unique link to enter. You will be asked to provide a copy of the confirmation email from when you registered. We are also inviting those who had registered to volunteer at a WALK IT event to take part in My WALK IT.

How do I register more than one person? How do I set up a team?

Unfortunately, with the new virtual platform team entry is not possible, however multiple people can register to take part. Each person registering will need a separate email address

How do I sign up children?

Unfortunately, is it not possible to add children using the new virtual registration. Children aged 13 and above can create their own RealBuzz account and will be able to upload their own evidence that they have completed the event.

We know that children love WALK IT, so if you are taking part with a child under 13, please email us to arrange a medal for your child. We will be able to send this out, alongside the adult’s medal, once their evidence has been approved.

How do I get a t-shirt?

When you register, there will be a link to our WALK IT shop in the confirmation email. You can buy a t-shirt, as well as other WALK IT merchandise including hoodies, dog bandanas and wristbands. Our fulfilment house should be operating as usual, but please allow up to 3 weeks for this to arrive. If you have previously taken part in WALK IT and already have a t-shirt, you can use this to do your walk.

Will I get a medal?

All participants who complete the walk and upload their evidence will receive a virtual medal. You will receive an email to say that your evidence has been approved. When you log back in to My Virtual Events, you will see a digital medal and certificate.

If you fundraise £50 or more then you’ll be eligible for a physical WALK IT medal! Just email us with a link to your JustGiving page and we’ll post out your medal! Please include your full name, address (including postcode) and a link to your Just Giving page.

What happens if I can’t raise £100?

To support our vital work we are asking all walkers to raise £100 in sponsorship. The charity has seen a 60% reduction in income due to cancellation of so many scheduled events, but our community needs us now more than ever.

People often find it’s easier than they think to reach their fundraising target! Sharing your JustGiving page on your social media is a great way to get started. Money raised from WALK IT will help ensure we can be there for everyone living with Crohn’s and Colitis and raise awareness of these invisible diseases.

Do we all have to set up a separate JustGiving page? Or can we use the same page?

You can set up a team page for everyone in your team/family - but please bear in mind that each of you needs to individually register for the virtual event. 

I have set up a JustGiving page for the event but I would like to do some extra fundraising – can you send me some fundraising materials?

Unfortunately, we are unable to send out fundraising materials at this time as our office is closed. 

Can you share my fundraising page and photos on social media?

On Twitter tag our fundraising page (@CrohnsColitisFR) in your My WALK IT tweets and we may be able to retweet them or give you a shoutout!

Can we buy hoodies, dog bandanas and additional merchandise this year?

Yes! They will be available to buy from the online shop, which you can access here. 

Can I bring my dog?

As with our normal WALK IT events, we’re encouraging well-behaved dogs to join you on your My WALK IT! Doggy bandanas are available to purchase for £5 here.

I’m having trouble with the form/I don’t have computer/I don’t have an email - can I still sign up?

Unfortunately, due to the virtual nature of this event, it is not possible to register without an email address. If you have any questions, you can just get in touch with the Supporter Care Team via email, or call us on 01727 734485.

I submitted by evidence but it hasn’t been approved yet

Evidence is approved by the team at RealBuzz when you upload it in to My Virtual Events. They aim to approve within 3 working days, but if it has been much longer than this let us know and we can follow it up.