Walks and runs

runningCharity walks and runs are great fun. Earlier this year the British Dental Health Foundation supported Dental Hygienist Christina Chatfield on her 500 Miles 4 Smiles walk from Scotland to Brighton. More than £20,000 was raised through your fantastic generosity, while more than 150 walkers joined the team along the way.

Fast forward to now and we are a matter of days away from the annual Mouth Cancer Charity Walk & Run in Hyde Park. It is the biggest walk of its kind, and this year it promises to be bigger than ever before.

These are some examples of charity walks the Foundation has been involved with in the last 12 months, but there are many more. They are really simple to get involved in, and you can bring the family too!

If walking is a little slow-paced for you, then why not consider running? Marathons and half-marathons are wonderful opportunities to raise money for a charity. In 2013 almost 35,000 people raised £53m by running the London Marathon. Even if you’re not a fitness fanatic, they’re great fun and can be done at your leisure. Fancy dress is welcome too!

Last year William Howes ran the Amsterdam marathon in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month after his family was affected by the disease. If you need to draw any inspiration, you can read his story here – Will-ing to support mouth cancer charity.

Whatever you choose to do, here are some handy tips to help you get the most out of your event.

  • If you are a newcomer to charity walking, it’s usually a longer distance, so be prepared. Comfortable shoes and walking socks are recommended. Take plenty of fluids too.
  • Download one of our sponsorship forms. It doesn’t matter whether you are walking 10 miles or running 20, get some support.

Take lots of pictures! It’s a fun way to remember the day and they can be easily sent to friends and family as a thank you for their donation.