Charities

Extra Mile Challenges teams are required to raise a minimum of £1,200 sponsorship (just £300 per person).  Our 17 challenges to date have raised £1.65million for over 300 charities

How to collect donations

An easy way to maximise your fundraising at no extra cost is to ensure that private individuals who sponsor you provide the required information for us to claim Gift Aid. We then reclaim from the Government an extra 25% of every donation. The easiest way to do this is to use our own sponsorship form (which fully explains the required information and conditions) – the donor does not have to sign the form. Please collect all donations from your sponsors and send them to Extra Mile Challenges as soon as you can, and no later than by the end of November.

Another excellent way to extend your reach to supporters near and far is to raise money on-line by setting up your own page on the Virgin Money Giving (VMG) website which must be linked to Extra Mile Challenges as the designated charity. We have recently cancelled our Just Giving account due to excessive costs charged by JG.

When setting up a VMG page, it is essential that your selected charity is Extra Mile Challenges (and not your team’s selected charity). At a formal presentation evening after the Challenge, you will be presented with cheques(s) for your chosen charities.

Your team can nominate one or two charities, which receive three quarters of your team’s sponsorship. The remaining one quarter (plus gift aid claimed) goes to the organisers’ charities. In 2019 the organisers’ charities were:

  • Parkinson’s UK
  • Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, Bedford
  • MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Rotary Club of Bedford Park Charity Account
  • MKGU Rotary Charitable Trust

The latest full charity information is that for the 2018 Auvergne Challenge and is shown 2018 Auvergne Charity Payments

All the charities supported on the first 16 Extra Mile Challenges are shown 16 Year Charity Payts Summary