Walk for Children
Sun 1 - Tue 31 Dec 2024 Anywhere

Walk for Children

Walk 5K on the magical winter solstice, the longest night of the year, to help keep children safe this Christmas. Take part with friends and family or on your own and walk wherever you like!

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  • Sun 1 - Tue 31 Dec 2024

Walk for Children



All ages

  • 5 km


Get together with friends and family on the magical winter solstice, the longest night of the year, to walk 5K.

Walk for Children is the NSPCC's annual Christmas fundraising walk. Hundreds of people across the UK will walk 5K on 22 December, the longest night of the year. Because for children suffering abuse, every night feels like the longest.

Why take part

For children, Christmas should be the most magical time of the year. But for thousands of children all over the country, Christmas can mean being trapped at home with their abusers.

NSPCC's Childline service expects to be contacted by a child every 45 seconds, on average, this Christmas.

By joining Walk for Children and raising vital funds, you can help the NSPCC answer more life-changing calls to Childline. Together, we can give children facing abuse a lifeline this Christmas.

How it works

  • Sign up for £10

    You'll be sent an NSPCC t-shirt and fundraising pack in the post with everything you need to get started.

  • Plan your 5K walk

    Complete it with friends, family, colleagues or solo. You could walk an organised trail, do a loop around your house, office or school, or walk around local Christmas lights.

  • Collect donations

    Use your online fundraising page to help you reach your £100 target.

  • Walk 5K

    Walk 5K on 22 December or another date that works for you! Wrap up warm, dress festive and know that every pound you've raised will help keep more children safe this Christmas.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Dogs allowed
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Teams
  • Virtual option
  • Wheelchair users

Walk for Children is for everyone

Join on your own, with friends, family or furry friends, and take part in a way that works for you.

You can take part any way that feels best for you, whether you're on foot, using a mobility aid or completing your route in another way.

Your fundraising could help answer urgent calls to Childline from children this Christmas. 

Walk for Children takes place anywhere you like — you can pick the location and distance that works for you. So, wrap up warm, wear your best festive outfit and walk your own 5K route.

  • No cut off time
  • Own water only

Choose your own route – you could walk an organised trail, plan your route around local Christmas lights, or plan to end in a pub for a well-deserved drink!

  • Goody bag
  • T-shirt


  • An NSPCC t-shirt to wear on the big day
  • A fundraising pack with everything you'll need
  • Event guide
  • Activity sheet
  • A walker bib to wear on your walk
  • Regular emails with tips and advice to help you with your fundraising and planning your walk
  • Support from our Walk for Children team and other people taking part through the exclusive Facebook group
Fundraising pack

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Each walker is encouraged to raise Β£100 but any amount you can raise is welcome.

How your fundraising helps

For children facing abuse, the winter nights are dark, long and lonely. All children need to know that the NSPCC is there for them, even on the darkest nights. 

The NSPCC's Childline service is open 24 hours a day, every day ⁠— even Christmas. Last year, Childline delivered over 200,000 counselling sessions. By joining this Walk for Children and raising vital funds, you can help them be there for every child who needs help this festive season.


There are a range of incentives available for hitting the next fundraising milestone including this warm bobble hat!

Bobble hat

  • All ages
  • Entries open
  • Enter on day
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Fundraising required
  • Race pack by post
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This event is ideal for taking part as a team! Each team member will enter individually then your team can work towards a collective fundraising target using one fundraising page.


Children are very welcome to take part, however due to the age restrictions on the forms a parent or guardian needs to register on their behalf.

Entry fees

Entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


"All children should be happy at Christmas"

We completed our walk in Llandudno – getting to see the seals and sheep on our coastal route! We chose to take part as Elijah wanted to help other children who needed it, he said that all children should be happy at Christmas as it’s a happy time. Alessandra and Elijah

We completed our 5K walk while looking at local Christmas lights and finished in a pub for a well-earned drink! Every child deserves to get help and support when they need it, which is why we wanted to do our bit to help raise some money. Loraine and Julie

I decided to do my walk without shoes, so I could try and raise as much as possible to help other children. I did nearly give up during the walk because it was freezing, but I knew it was nothing compared to what some children go through every day. Summer