#ShineALightOnCoeliac FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Challenge?

The Challenge officially runs during Awareness Week 10-16 May, and as the final date to pay in sponsorship funds is 18 June, you can do it at any time that suits you. 

Do I have to be able to run?

No, the Coeliac UK Challenge is open to anyone – you choose your challenge, so you can make it as active, creative, or fun as you like. 

Why are you raising money?

We are hoping to raise a total of £50,000 to improve the lives of children and young people with coeliac disease, so all the funds you can raise or donate will support our work to make living gluten free easier.

Is there a minimum fundraising target?

No, but you are welcome to set your own target. No matter how much or how little you raise or donate, every contribution is appreciated.

Why are you focusing on children and young people?

As the restrictions of the last few months are lifted, this summer there is the chance to get together with family and friends. But for children and young people with coeliac disease, it’s not always that simple. Trusting other people to provide gluten free food can cause feelings of worry and exclusion. And the last thing any young person needs now is more isolation. While focusing on children and young people, by shining a light on coeliac disease we aim to make life better for everyone who needs to live gluten free.

Who can take part?

Everyone is welcome to take part and please encourage your family and friends to join in. Children under the age of 16 will have to be registered by a parent or guardian.

Is there a registration fee?

Standard (digital) registration is £10, premium registration is £30 and a multi-person registration for up to four people is £60. Children under the age of 16 will have to be registered by a parent or guardian.

What do I get for my Standard registration?

The entry pack has everything you need to #ShineALightOnCoeliac. You will be able to set up a fundraising page, download the Challenge Week logo and read our Tips and Ideas leaflet. You will also find sponsor forms and all the information you need to shine your light.

How does a Premium registration differ?

As well as all the digital resources that come with the Standard registration, you will receive a pack in the post, including a branded t-shirt and two light-up wristbands. Plus scratch off art paper, a banner and balloons, our recommended tips and tricks, sponsorship form, money return form and envelope.

I want to do this with my partner/family/friends – can we do this?

Yes, you can either order a multi-person pack for up to 4 people for £60, including up to 4 t-shirts, 8 light-up wrist bands and more of the other items.  Or, you can set up a team once you have registered via the standard or premium tickets and invite others to join you.

What sizes are the t-shirts?

Adult sizes are Small (34-36cm), Medium (38-40cm), Large (42-44cm) and XLarge (46-48). 

Children’s sizes can also be ordered: Small Youth (up to 5 years), Medium Youth (up to 9 years) and Large Youth (over 9 years).

Can I get more t-shirts for my family?

When signing up please use the multi-person option to register and this will allow you to order up to 4 t-shirts. For any other queries please email Fundraising@coeliac.org.uk or call 0333 332 2033

How do I register to take part in the Challenge?

Registering to take part is easy. All you need to do is visit our online event registration page.

How do I set up my fundraising page?

All supporters will automatically get a fundraising page linked to their registration as a part of the process. This a great and fuss free way to collect donations, show supporters your progress, set up team pages for you and your team mates, and see how others taking on the Challenge are doing. You can also use a different platform or website to raise funds online or with our sponsor form offline.

How do I know that my personal data is safe?

To manage the registration and fundraising elements of the challenge we are using a company called Enthuse. The platform has been designed specifically to support charities in securely managing fundraising activities. Hosted in the UK, it provides a secure donor account area, anonymous giving option, built-in data validation and is GDPR compliant.

What should I do if I have any other questions about the Challenge?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Coeliac UK Fundraising team on this email fundraising@coeliac.org.uk or call our dedicated Helpline on 0333 332 2033 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Remember we are here to help and to guide you through your challenge or event.

Can I talk to someone about coeliac disease and living gluten free?

Yes, you can call our dedicated Helpline on 0333 332 2033 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

By calling, you can reach our dedicated team of dietitians, food and drink advisers and Helpline advisers who have extensive knowledge of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet.

How can I get more involved with Coeliac UK

There are lots of ways to get involved, from fund raising and volunteering right through to shaping what we fund for research. Check out the different opportunities here.

How do I become a member of Coeliac UK?

Joining Coeliac UK is easy, visit our website and choose the membership package and type that best meets your needs.

For further information about our membership packages please call our Helpline on 0333 332 2033 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday or email generalenquiries@coeliac.org.uk