Big Fun Run

July - October 2018
18 locations across the UK

Big Fun Run 2018

Go from couch to 5k and have fun taking part in a run within scenic settings to help tackle loneliness and social isolation for older people.

The Big Fun Run series is all about relaxed exercise - no times, no pressure, just lots of fun! These family friendly 5k runs are being staged in parks all across the UK throughout the summer.

This relaxed event has a fun and friendly festival atmosphere so fun and fancy dress is strongly encouraged. The whole family can take part: jog, skip or buggy. As a bonus children under the age of five can even run for free.

No matter whether you take part as a group or on your own, every step you take will make a huge difference to the lives of older people facing loneliness and isolation.


Why run for MHA?





Various park locations across the UK

Event Essentials

General Information Event starts from: Jul 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 Contact number: 01332 221641 Course detail:
Various Park locations across the UK

Your entry

Entry fee: £5 

Under 5's run for free


Minimum sponsorship: £50


Apply online to run for MHA on the Big Fun Run website


If you have your own place in the Big Fun Run and would like to fundraise for MHA, please contact the MHA Fundraising Team by emailing or calling 01332 221641.

£16 could could fund a month's lunch club for one older person

£30 could pay for an individual music therapy session

£50 could train a volunteer befriender

£170 could pay for a full set of musical instruments for music therapy

how your money helps

By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes.



£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.


£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.


£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Gift Aid

If you're a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donations, making them worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.


We can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation (25p for every £1 you donate) through Gift Aid.


This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.


If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 50%) this works out as 37.5p for every £1 you donate.

Fundraising online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.


A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!


Matched funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.

spread the word

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips...


Share updates and images on Twitter and Facebook @BestForAges. Tag your posts with #BestForAges


Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. Need help? Get in touch with our Press Team. Email


Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team by emailing or calling 01332 221641.