Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a HOPEWALK?
Everyone’s HOPEWALK will be different with one common goal; to smash the stigma and get the conversation around suicide started.
Your HOPEWALK can be as big or as small as you’d like – it can be a big event involving your whole school, or a family walk in the park. You can even do a ‘virtual walk’ on the treadmill. It’s your walk so you can choose how it runs!
- What is a HOPEWALK host?
Each HOPEWALK up and down the country is organised by a HOPEWALK Host. Each host pays for their Host Pack and is responsible for organising the walk, inviting people and making sure the walk runs smoothly. Anyone can be a host – just fill out the form here to register your HOPEWALK.
- How much does it cost?
This year, the registration fee is £10. Only Hosts need to pay and you’ll receive a special HOPEWALK pack to help you make the most of your walk.
- Do I have to walk in October?
Most people choose to have their walk take place in October to celebrate World Mental Health Day, but you are more than welcome to walk at another time during the year.
- I’d like to walk but don’t think I could organise my own.
Many Hosts choose to make their walk public and have lots of people join from their local area. As public walks are registered they will become available on our website event page. Simply check if there is a walk in your area and get in touch with the fundraising team, who can connect you with that host.
- How do I invite people to join my walk?
You can make your HOPEWALK as big, or as private as you would like. If you want to spread the word about your HOPEWALK and would like to extend your invitation out to PAPYRUS supporters in your area you can contact our fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can advertise your walk on our website’s event page.
Also, if you use social media you can share your walk on your profile and ask people to share it for you – social media is a great way to spread the word about your walk. Make sure to tag @PAPYRUS_tweets if you’re posting on Twitter!
- What if I am not fundraising?
Some people choose to use their HOPEWALK to raise funds, others choose to walk in memory of a loved one or to raise awareness. Either is absolutely fine. You can choose to use your HOPEWALK to raise funds, but you absolutely don’t have to – our aim is to get the conversation around suicide started, in order to #SmashTheStigma.
- What help can PAPYRUS offer me?
We can help guide you with planning your HOPEWALK, such as how to boost donations or sponsorship. We can also support you with a selection of literature about PAPYRUS, and HOPELINEUK cards and merchandise to make your event stand out.
Our press office can help advise you on how to promote your event in local media and you can find a press support pack here. Additionally we can offer social media support.
Don’t forget we’re always here to cheer you on so if there’s anything we can help with, just let us know.
- I have another question, who can I contact?
If you have another question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the fundraising team on email@example.com who are more than happy to help.
- Can I have a selfie-board?
We have a very limited number of selfie-boards that are used by PAPYRUS staff at events. You are more than welcome to have your own selfie-board made using this artwork* – we’d love to see any photos you get!
*please note: you can have a selfie-board made using the approved artwork above. The greyed area in the middle is what you need to have cut out. If you would like to add your own logo, please do send your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, before printing.