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A one-day event where you’re encouraged to do something active - either with family and friends or by going your own way. You set the challenge. You choose the pace. You set the location. Whether you swim 200 lengths as a household, tackle 20 cycle climbs with your friend, or complete a half marathon individually, we ask that you raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. We will support you every step (pedal, length or hop) of the journey.

Sign up and organise a sponsored run, cycle, swim or walk to raise money for Macmillan. Or get creative and do your own challenge. Take on your new neighbours, challenge your fellow running club members, compete with old friends with scores to settle or go your own way. It’ll be hard work, but a day to remember for everyone involved.

Make sure you set up a fundraising page and let your friends and family know you’re organising a challenge for the Big Sporty Get Together.

Sunday 25th July is the official date. If you can’t do something active on that date, you can take part on any other date.

You can sign up online now at by filling in our short form. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll be asked to set up a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

No, it’s completely free to sign up to the Big Sporty Get Together!

We encourage every participant to aim to raise £100 for Macmillan. Any money you raise will provide vital funds to support people living with cancer.

Yes. You can complete your run, cycle, swim, hike wherever works for you.

Everyone taking part needs to sign up individually. However, it is fine to do your activity and fundraise together on one page as a team.

The Big Sporty Get Together welcomes all ages and abilities. It doesn’t matter how big or small the challenge you set is. Under 18s are welcome to take part but they’ll need an adult to register on their behalf as we can only communicate with an adult.

You can set your own target, we suggest £100.

Everyone who raises £100 will be posted a t-shirt, vest, cycling jersey or swimming cap – depending on what activity you choose.

We value all our amazing fundraisers and as a gesture of our thanks, we have created a rewards programme.

  • Start your fundraising and you will receive a pin badge
  • Raise £100 and receive a t-shirt, vest, cycling jersey or swimming cap – depending on what activity you choose.

Your fundraising page is a secure, quick and easy way to get donations and a great way to track your progress. But if you would rather fundraise in a more traditional way, such as sponsorship forms, that’s also fine. Please email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk to request these, or they are available on our website.

This is your chance to make your Big Sporty Get Together truly special by raising money for Macmillan. You just need to set up a Virgin Money Giving page and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. We’ll also send regular emails with top tips and have tons of advice and resources for our dedicated fundraisers on our website.

Gift Aid is a great opportunity for donors to make their voluntary donations to Macmillan worth 25% more – without spending an extra penny. It enables charities like us to claim the basic tax that donors have paid on their donations back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

If every supporter agreed to Gift Aid it would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds more to support people affected by cancer.

To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation you must be a UK taxpayer and you must have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year, that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on my gifts for the current tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. The charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given.

If you change your mind about hearing from us, you can stop receiving our updates at any time by emailing fundraising@macmillan.org.uk or calling 0300 1000 200. Please see our privacy statement (Terms and conditions - Privacy policy - Macmillan Cancer Support - Macmillan Cancer Support) for more information.

After the last government announcement, leisure facilities including pools and gyms, have been able to open across England.

In light of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, please ensure that you socialise responsibility and in line with government restrictions while participating in this event. We advise you to always follow Government Guidelines.