FAQ

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need is a collaboration between BBC Countryfile and BBC Children in Need that encourages everyone across the UK to come together to walk and raise money to change children’s lives.

There are three ways you can get involved with the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need:

  • Sign up to host your own sponsored walk. We provide you with an online fundraising page and all the support and advice you need.
  • Apply to join the presenters of Countryfile as they host several Ramble events across the UK, which are then featured in a special episode of Countryfile in October. You can apply to join these events via the Ramble homepage from early September.
  • Use our website to find a public Ramble, organised by one our Ramble partners. These will be taking place up and down the country and more details will be available via the Ramble homepage from early September.

everydayhero is a safe and secure fundraising platform which will help you collect donations and sponsorship. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to log in and access your page – totting up your miles and seeing where you stack up on the leader boards! You can manually add the miles you’ve covered or link up your fitness apps to clock them as you go.

Everyday Hero have a dedicated support team to help you with any queries about setting up your page, how to make a donation or using your page. Simply drop them an email at help@everydayhero.co.uk or give them a call on 08456809720. If you have questions relating to BBC Children in Need, feel free to get in touch at pudsey@bbc.co.uk or call 0345 609 0015 (select option 1), and the yellow bear will sort you out.

If you connect Strava to your everydayhero account, you’ll automatically be able to share your training or rambling activity and your miles will get totted up. Sharing your route is a great way to drum up support and demonstrate all the effort that is going into your fundraising, but you can also turn this off at any time by logging into your fitness app and switching this functionality off. We’d recommend turning this off if fundraising with your children, and it is advisable to vary your route and time you take part if you plan on sharing your route. Avoid telling people when you are going out and always post your route after you’ve completed it.

Take it up to a jog if you’d prefer! Take this at your own pace – ramble, walk, jog the distance you want as every mile helps - whether you take on one mile or a hundred, they’ll all tot up to the total.

Check out our Tools and Advice page for ideas and advice on how to really rack up the sponsorship! Stay tuned across the BBC Children in Need social channels too for ideas and encouragement from your favourite BBC stars.

Brilliant! Rally your friends, sports groups, colleagues and family to create your own team and set up a team page during the registration process. Alternatively, if your team has already been set up, find it from the drop down list and request to join.

Nope, not at all. We want as many of you to join in and raise money as possible.

Not at all. Complete the distance you feel comfortable with at any time.

BBC Children in Need currently supports over half a million children children and young people across over 2,500 projects across the UK*. These projects support a variety of disadvantages, such as disabilities, poverty & deprivation, and young people experiencing domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, bereavement. You can find out more here.

*as of end of June 2018

Gift Aid is a scheme enabling registered charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, effectively increasing the amount of the donation. This means that, if your supporters pay UK tax and agree to BBC Children in Need claiming Gift Aid on their donation, the Government will give us 25p on top of every £1 you give to us and it doesn’t cost your supporters a penny! An easy way to boost your total. You can find more information here.

Yes absolutely! Head to the Pudsey Shop to stock up on all your Pudsey goodies.

Organising your own ramble

The easiest way to raise money with your ramble is to get sponsored for doing it. Start by sharing your fundraising page with friends and family so they can support you.

If you’re walking with a group you could also collect donations from everyone who’s joining you. Think of it like selling tickets, albeit the tickets are a donation to your page.

There’s also all the classic fundraisers to consider too. Try adding a fancy dress twist to your ramble, or baking a cake and selling slices en route.

We are hoping to see as many rambles as possible in the first 2 weeks of October 2018 to coincide with our Countryfile Ramble weekend. If you could coordinate your ramble for then, that’d be great. But if not, that’s fine too.

The most important thing for us is doing your ramble and helping us change lives.

Gift Aid is a scheme enabling registered charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, effectively increasing the amount of the donation.

This means that, if your supporters pay UK tax and agree to BBC Children in Need claiming Gift Aid on their donation, the Government will give us 25p on top of every £1 you give to us and it doesn’t cost your supporters a penny! An easy way to boost your total. You can find more information here.

Yes absolutely! This year’s ramble bobble hat is available exclusively at Blacks which you can buy here, but head to the Pudsey Shop for the rest of our Pudsey goodies

Good old fashioned word of mouth is the best way to let people know about your ramble. Tell friends and family about your plans and share your fundraising page on social media so they can sponsor you.

Try telling people at work about your plans too. You could send an email round, put up a poster and even invite them along. The more the merrier after all. Take a look our tools, tips and tricks here.

There’s plenty of ideas and guidance on the Tools and advice page, and you can also take a look at the government’s advice and guidance on organising voluntary events here.

Please note, as your event is not organised or sponsored by Countryfile Ramble or BBC Children in Need, the organiser is responsible for compliance with laws and safety of individual ramblers.

Take a look at our organisers pack, complete with all the tips, tricks and tools you’ll need to get up and walking.

There’s loads of great resources online to help you find a walk near you. For starters, try Ramblers, Walking Britain, National Trust, Disabled Ramblers and of course, Countryfile.

When setting up your page, tick the box for show consent to give the programme makers permission to get in touch.

Make sure you tag @BBCCiN and @BBCCountryfile in your social media posts about your ramble too.

As well as the essentials like food and water, you may want to take a map and a mobile phone just in case you need them.

If you’ve created a fundraising page using our site you don’t need to do anything. The money you’ve raised will automatically be collected and added to our total.

If you’ve been raising money any other way, find out how you can pay in your fundraising here.

Last but not least, tell us all about your ramble because we’d love to hear how it went.

If you want to take part in a presenter Ramble but have some questions, check out their specific FAQs here.