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Step up for RNID!

An illustration of a woman wearing sports gear and a watch stepping up a staircase, with the text: "Step Up for RNID this May"

Will you Step Up for RNID this Deaf Awareness Week? Support the 12 million people in the UK who are deaf, have hearing loss and tinnitus over May!

Get sponsored to take on a stair climb, stroll around your neighbourhood, scale rock climbing walls, take part in fitness classes, or lace up your trainers and run… however, whenever and wherever you like!  

There’s no designated number of steps to cover or defined way to do it – the goal is yours to set. Do the challenge alone or split it with friends – the decision is yours.

1-31 May 2024
Anywhere you like!
Type of activity
You choose
Sponsorship goal

Why step up for RNID?

Deaf people and people with hearing loss or tinnitus face barriers in almost every part of daily life. You might be facing these challenges yourself.  By joining Step Up For RNID, you’ll help create the changes we need to see in the world. 

Challenge yourself to help break down these barriers for a more inclusive society, connect people to advice and support, and pioneer new treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus – while smashing your personal goal to boot! 

What you’ll get 

Step Up for RNID and you’ll… 

  • be invited to join a Facebook group full of dedicated fellow fundraisers, ready to encourage, support and celebrate you throughout your challenge! 
  • benefit from support throughout your challenge with updates, tips and guidance to make sure you get the most out of your experience. 
  • receive materials to help you track your steps and ideas on how you can reach your fundraising target – including a sponsorship form and distance tracker! 
  • get your very own branded RNID t-shirt.* 

* While stock lasts so register today to avoid disappointment!

How your support makes a difference 

  • £30 could cover the cost of sending our tinnitus information guide to fifteen people in need of support and coping strategies. 
  • £50 could pay for vital emotional and practical support from Contact RNID for someone struggling with sudden onset hearing loss. 
  • £100 could pay for five people to receive personalised, invaluable advice on life-enhancing products. 
  • £250 could cover the cost of training a new team member to offer life-saving support to someone in crisis. 

Together, we’ll make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus. 

Register now

Every step you take will help break down barriers for the 1 in 5 adults in the UK who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus. 

Challenge accepted? Sign up now and begin your Step Up for RNID journey! 

“I hope that by undertaking this huge challenge, I will raise awareness for the brilliant work this charity is doing in research and in providing support to people of every age who have hearing loss.”

Mary, an RNID supporter

Read more of our supporter stories

Step Up for RNID FAQs

Is there a minimum age to take part in Step Up for RNID?

Under 18s can take part in Step Up for RNID, but we don’t market to them, and our Facebook Group is only available to over 18s. If an under 18 wants to take part in Step Up for RNID their parent/guardian must consent to their participation and supervise their challenge.

We are unable to register an under 18, so a parent/guardian of a participant under the age of 18 must register on their behalf. Additionally, if someone under the age of 18 wants to raise money online and/or join a forum, a parent/guardian must register for an online fundraising page and/or join the forum on their behalf. 

Can I take the challenge on as part of a team?

Yes! Step Up for RNID as a team and split your challenge between you.

Can I choose any challenge to suit my needs? Can I take part in a wheelchair or mobility scooter?

Absolutely! It’s your personal challenge and we encourage everyone to do it to suit their needs and goals. 

I don’t have Facebook, can I still join the challenge?

Of course! Complete this form and set up a JustGiving page to collect sponsorship

I’ve signed up, now what?

Once you have signed up and set your challenge, join the Facebook Group dedicated to Step Up for RNID; download your Steppers Guide, activity tracker and sponsor form and you’re ready to go!

Do I have to start the challenge on 1 May, or can I start later?

You can start and finish your challenge at any time in May that is convenient for you.  

How do I raise money?

Using the online fundraising page you set up when you signed up (either through JustGiving or Facebook) is the easiest way to raise money. If you’d prefer to raise money offline please download our Step Up for RNID sponsorship form. 

How can I maximise my fundraising?

Our top tips for your fundraising pages are: 

  • Add a photo!   
  • Make it personal – tell people why you’ve chosen to do this challenge, and why for RNID   
  • Line up your first donor – try and get your first donor to be above the £20 mark, this means other people will be more likely to follow suit   
  • Share, share, share! – Once you’re done make sure you share that link via email, social media and whatsapp.   
  • Update your page – remember you can add photos and updates to your page so people can see how you’re doing. Supporters who regularly post their progress raise on average 40% more.  

How do I pay in my sponsorship?

All sponsorship raised through JustGiving and Facebook Fundraisers will come directly to RNID. 

Find out more about paying in online donations. 

Do I need to provide evidence that I have completed my challenge?

No, don’t worry, we trust you! You don’t need to send us any evidence that you’ve completed the challenge. 

What happens at the end of my challenge?

When you’ve finished your challenge don’t forget to tell your supporters and thank them for their sponsorship. We’ll send you a digital certificate to thank you for your support – you could share it on your socials to celebrate your achievement. 

I’m not based in the UK, can I still take part?

You are more than welcome to take part wherever you are based in the world. Unfortunately, we can only ship t-shirts to UK addresses. 

My question hasn’t been answered, who can help me?

If you have any questions or queries, please email us at community.fundraising@rnid.org.uk

Terms and conditions

By signing up to an event with RNID, you agree to our terms and conditions of registration. Please read these before you register.

Ask the team

Want to check in about something before you register? We’re here to help! Email us at community.fundraising@beta.rnid.org.uk or ask for the fundraising team via Contact RNID below.
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Page last updated: 26 March 2024

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