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Fundraising events and coronavirus

20 March 2020
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In these uncertain times, we want to reassure our supporters and help provide you with all the information you need.

If you are a patient, we have written another blog which you can find here.

If you are fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Action, here are some frequently asked questions that may help:

How can I find out if the challenge event I’m taking part in will go ahead?

We recommend that you follow the event organisers on Twitter as they will provide the latest updates on the challenge that you are taking part in - we will be doing the same and will contact all participants as soon as any race changes are announced. The event organisers are also likely to contact you via email if you are a registered participant.

If my challenge event is being postponed what does this mean for my fundraising?

All the fundraising you have already done is secure. If your challenge has a minimum fundraising target or deadline, these will be extended to accommodate the postponement of your event. If you need any assistance editing dates on your fundraising page, you can get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help.

I’m holding my own fundraising event (e.g. Walk in Her Name, bake sale, charity ball) - what is your advice?

We’d recommend you follow the latest government guidance and put the health and safety of you and your guests first. If you don’t feel comfortable holding your event, we completely understand and if you choose to go ahead with your event, we will continue to be here to support you with any fundraising advice and materials you may need.

I’m taking part in an international challenge event, what should I do?

Each event is likely to have different processes if/when cancelled or postponed and the event organisers will likely be in touch with each participant to discuss the potential impact of this. We are keeping in frequent contact with all of the event and trip organisers that we work with as the situation develops.

Can I do an alternative challenge or event?

Yes! You could cover the distance you were supposed to in a local park or sign-up to an equivalent event later in the year. Please make sure you update your fundraising page to let your sponsors know and please do let us know as well. If you need some ideas or advice in coming up with a virtual version of your event, get in touch on fundraising@ovarian.org.uk

Will Walk in Her Name London go ahead on 30th May?

We are regularly reviewing government guidance and will make a decision shortly about whether Walk In Her Name London will continue as planned, or be postponed to a later date.  We will inform all registered participants and provide an update on our website and social media channels once a final decision has been made. We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, so if you would like to take part in the event, you can reserve a place now and pay your registration fee at a later date. If you would like to do this, please email fundraising@ovarian.org.uk

In case you were wondering about the Next Generation Party, here are some FAQs that should help:

Can I get a refund on my ticket?

Yes, if you would like a refund for your ticket to the Next Generation Party at the Open Art Fair, please email theopenartfair@ovarian.org.uk. We are hugely disappointed that our event was not able to take place. On the night we planned to raise funds for our research projects in Immunotherapy, a treatment which has the potential to be save thousands of lives. If you are able to donate your ticket price to our immunotherapy fund, we would be grateful.

Will it be rearranged for later in the year?

We are currently exploring all options and will let our guests know as soon as possible is we plan to re-arrange the event for the Autumn, or for March 2021. If you would like to be kept up to date with our plans, please email info@ovarian.org.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.