London Bridges Walk Frequently Asked Questions

What is the London Bridges Walk?

The London Bridges Walk is The Griffin Institute and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation’s inaugural challenge fundraising event. There are options to walk 6.5 miles or 13 miles over 10 bridges between Vauxhall Bridge and Tower Bridge. More information is available at: https://griffininstitute.org.uk/bridges/

When is it taking place?

Sunday May 9th 2021

How much does it cost to enter?

Adult = £15

Children – under 18 on the day of the event = £10. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Corporate teams – up to 5 participants per team = £60.

Your entry fee goes towards the cost of your participation and running the event safely.

Who can take part?

Anyone with a moderate level of fitness. All ages are welcome but those aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I have to be in a team? 

No. Many people will be taking part on their own. If you would like to take part as a team, why not get a group of friends, colleagues or family together?

How can I enter?

You can register online via this link: https://griffininstitute.org.uk/register/

Can I sign up on the day?

Yes, there will be an opportunity to register on the day but you will still be expected to achieve the appropriate minimum fundraising requirement. We recommend you sign up early and give yourself plenty of time to maximise your fundraising.

What is the minimum fundraising requirement?

This is a fundraising event and it is important that all participants achieve, and if possible exceed, the minimum sponsorship requirement.

Minimum requirements are £250 per person, £350 for a family of 4 including 2 children, £500 for a corporate team of 5 participants.

Fundraising income

As the organising charity, The Griffin Institute will receive 100% of funds raised by registrants who select The Griffin Institute as their chosen charity at the point of registration. St Mark’s Hospital Foundation will receive 70% of funds raised by registrants who select St Mark’s Hospital Foundation as their chosen charity at the point of registration. The organising charity The Griffin Institute will receive the other 30%. The Griffin Institute will receive 70% of funds raised by registrants who select both charities at the point of registration. St Mark’s Hospital Foundation will receive the other 30%. The Griffin Institute will receive all event registration fees to help cover event costs.

How do I send in sponsorship?

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is to set up a Virgin Money Giving page here, this way your family and friends can make quick, safe online donations to support your challenge. The money you raise on your VMG page will then transfer straight to the Organiser, The Griffin Institute, so you don’t have to do anything else. If you prefer to collect cash and cheques (payable to The Griffin Institute) in the traditional way, they can be sent in to: The Griffin Institute, Northwick Park & St Mark’s Hospital Campus, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ, marked for the attention of Ian Tate. Please include a note or covering letter (make sure you include your name and address) so we know which participant(s) to attribute the donations to.

 

Credit/Debit Card

You can call us on 0203 958 0500 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Let us know you’re making a donation towards your London Bridges Challenge sponsorship and we’ll be happy to take your details and process your card donation.

 

Where does my money go?

Your support will ensure that The Griffin Institute is able to offer the highest quality facilities and increased resources to doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals. Together, we shall be able to make an even greater difference to patient outcomes for people of all ages threatened by, and suffering with cancer.

The St Mark’s Hospital Foundation supports Research, Education and Innovation at St Mark’s Hospital which is the UK’s national bowel hospital. Research at St Mark’s has a mission to create a future free from the fear of bowel disease. Its research covers all areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, hereditary cancer, innovation in surgery and endoscopy, anorectal, bowel regeneration, cancer and patient safety and quality of care.

I cannot take part – how can I help?

If you would like to make a donation towards the event or to support the vital work of the charities, we would be extremely grateful. To donate online please visit https://donate.griffininstitute.org.uk/. Alternatively, to make a donation by cheque, please make cheques payable to The Griffin Institute and send to The Griffin Institute, Northwick Park & St Mark’s Hospital Campus, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ.

What should I wear / bring on the day?

You will get a fantastic The Griffin Institute and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation London Bridges Walk t-shirt to wear on the day

Sun cream and a hat / a waterproof jacket and an umbrella – check the weather and be prepared!

Comfy shoes that you have walked in before

A rucksack – it’s easier to carry your belongings and extra refreshments if you wish to take some

Water and snacks – we will provide water and snacks at the start but please bring your own supplies too. You will be able to buy more along the route.

A copy of your route map

Cash / credit or debit card

Packed lunch if you don’t want to buy lunch on route.

Are there any technical elements to the walk?

No, but there are steps at either side of some of the bridges

When should I arrive?

Registration will be open from 9.30am and will close at 10.30am. Please arrive in plenty of time before the walk starts, to get checked in at the registration desk, use the facilities and be ready for the off.

Will there be toilets along the route?

There are toilets at the start (tbc) and also near the London Eye in the basement of the London Eye ticket office located within the County Hall building and also at Jubilee Gardens where there is a charge of 50p. There are various toilets at bars and pubs along the route.

Do you need volunteers?

We are looking for volunteers to act as stewards on the course and to help at the start and finish venues. If you would like to find out more, please email us at i.tate@griffininstitute.org.uk.

What’s in my fundraising pack and when will I receive it?

Fundraising packs will contain your t-shirt, route map and some hints and tips to help you with your final fundraising push. They will start to be sent approximately 3 weeks before the event. Final information about the walk will be sent to you VIA EMAIL approximately 1 week before the walk. This will contain all the information you need about the day.

If you signed-up as part of a team, your pack will be sent to the team leader / main registrant.

If you haven’t received your pack two weeks before the event, please contact us on 0203 958 0500 or i.tate@griffininstitute.org.uk.

Will you be taking photos and videos on the day?

We’ll be taking pictures and videos at the event to capture the magic of the day. These may be shared on our social media channels during the event and used in publications and promotional materials or shared with the media.

You have the choice to opt in or opt out of having your photographs being used by The Griffin Institute and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation for publicity and marketing purposes at the point of registration.

You also have the right to access your photographs on request. You can also ask us any time to remove them from our website, social media platforms and delete your image(s) from our systems so that they will not be used in future versions of printed materials.

Can I bring my dog?       

We would love to see your dogs at our London Bridges Walk! Please keep them on a lead and ensure their mess is cleaned up.

What will happen if the event is cancelled?

The London Bridges Walk will only be cancelled in extreme circumstances.

In the unlikely event we need to cancel, we will email you and our website would be updated with further details, as well as our social media pages. Please check these and your inbox on the day before and on the morning of the event for more details.

How can my company get involved?     

Working in collaboration with The Griffin Institute and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation will bring further exposure for your business. Working together will add value to both the event and your business and increase your customer base. Ultimately, this will raise crucial income that will help us make a difference in patient outcomes for people of all ages threatened by, and suffering with cancer and /or bowel disease.

If you or your company would like to support The Griffin Institute and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation by sponsoring the event, please contact Ian – i.tate@griffininstitute.org.uk for more information.

Any other questions?

Please call the team on 020 3958 0500 or email i.tate@griffininstitute.org.uk