Frequently Asked Questions

Sober October

Sober October encourages people to go booze-free for 14, 21, or 31 days in October and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. By signing up to the challenge you’re doing something amazing for people with cancer.

Becoming a Soberhero might not mean you have X-ray vision or you get to wear a cape. But not drinking does mean you’ll gain many heroic qualities and, most importantly, help to change the lives of people with cancer, who need your support now more than ever Read more…

Yes, you will need to sign up again. Reinstate your Soberhero status and sign up here

Giving up alcohol for the month (or however long you decide to do it!) doesn’t mean giving up going out if you can and having fun with friends. There are more great non-alcoholic brands and products available in pubs, bars, restaurants and shop than ever before. You could work through mocktail menus, discover the best pub grub or treat yourself to a fancy dessert (ssshhh…we won’t tell) – just think of the money and calories you’ll be saving by not drinking!

Yes! We know taking some time off the booze is not an easy task so why would we charge you to do it? We value people that want to make a difference by going sober to benefit their own health and the wellbeing of others, therefore we cannot justify charging you good folk to participate.

When you sign up via the Sober October site, your online giving page is set up under your personalised profile URL.

Please note we are unable to link any other online giving pages (including Facebook donations) to your Sober October profile.

Quit for October

Quit for October is Macmillan’s new alternative abstinence challenge, which encourages participants to give up something of their choosing for October (this could be anything from chocolate to crisps to social media!) to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Absolutely! We know that giving something up is not an easy task so why would we charge you to do it? We value people that want to make a difference to people living with cancer, so we can’t justify charging you good folk to participate.

You can sign up via the Sober October site, and create your online Quit for October giving page which is set up under your personalised profile URL.

Please note we are unable to link any other online giving pages (including Facebook donations) to your Quit for October profile.

Participants

Yes no problem! Just log in to your account and go to your account settings (top right), scroll down and you'll find the options to switch your challenge, whether it be to go over to Quit for October, or if you just want to change your duration/start date for your Sober October

If you want to ditch the booze for October, you'll need to sign up for the dedicated Sober October challenge.

First you will need to register to participate in your challenge. Once you have completed signing up, you will have your own Sober October or Quit for October fundraising page. You can then direct people to your unique page URL where they can make a donation through our secure payment gateway using a valid debit or credit card, Google Pay, or PayPal.

If you choose to use Facebook as a fundraising platform in order to complement or top up donations for your challenge, please fill in this form here so that we can attribute this income to you. Any donations raised through Facebook will not appear on your Sober October or Quit for October fundraising page, but will be included in your overall total when thanked. Please note, any donations made to your Facebook fundraiser after the 31st October 2021 will not be included in your thanking.

We do try to encourage all donations to be made online via an individual or team's profile page, however, we realise this isn't possible for everybody. With this in mind, there’s a form available for people to download and print in order to send in cash donations... Don’t worry it’s all very straightforward.

Cash Donation Form - Download Here

When you’ve collected all your cash, please send a cheque for the total cash donation amount and the completed Donation Form to:

Go Sober - Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7UQ

Please remember

Offline donations will show on your page within 10 days of receipt.

Please make cheques/CAF cheques/postal orders payable to: Macmillan Cancer Support

Please do not send cash through the post.

Once we have received and processed your donations we will update your profile page to show the cash donations made. You will also receive an email letting you know that your cash donations have been added.

When registering with us you will have chosen a password - don't worry if you've forgotten it!

Just click Forgotten Password in the Login area and enter your registered email address and you will be able to reset your password - make sure you enter your password accurately as all passwords are case sensitive.

Your username is the email address you registered during sign up; if you cannot remember this or need further help, please contact us at [email protected]

You will need to be logged in using your individual email and password to create or join a team.

Once you're logged in, follow these simple steps to create or join a team.

For a minimum £15 donation the Golden Ticket is your chance to have a night off and still make a difference to the lives of people with cancer. Golden tickets can be purchased through the participant’s profile page by either the participant or a donor. Once purchased, a Golden Ticket will be emailed to the lucky participant.

Read more about Golden Tickets here.

Yes, absolutely. Show us what you’re made of and sign up today.

You must be over 18 to take part in the Sober October and Quit for October challenges.

Donations

Gift Aid is a great opportunity to make your 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. If every supporter agreed to Gift Aid, it would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds more to support people living with cancer.

To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation you must be a UK tax payer and you must have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year (6 April to 5 April) 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. Make sure you enter the address where you are registered to pay tax; usually your home address

If you choose to donate to a Soberhero on Facebook, please note that this amount won’t appear on their Sober October fundraising page, but your donation will still go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

First thing to do in this instance is check your Junk Email folder. Sadly the amount of spam going around the internet means that Junk Mail filters are becoming more and more complex. It is difficult for us to be 100% sure that your donation receipt will be delivered to your inbox successfully. If the receipt is not in your Junk folder and you still haven't received it after a couple of hours please contact us at [email protected].

Security is an important priority for us and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We use the most up-to-date technology available to protect your personal details. To avoid the risk of computer fraud, your debit/credit card number is not stored in our system at any point in the payment process.

Please see our privacy policy for further information. All debit/credit card transactions are encrypted before transmission using 256 bit SSL encryption. Please click on the SSL Seal in the URL area of a participant or team profile page to verify our details.

We use Worldpay and PayPal as our payment gateways. Worldpay specialises in delivering successful eCommerce payment gateway services to thousands of merchants. Worldpay is a trusted name in eCommerce solutions and remains at the forefront of the online payment industry.

We accept the following payment methods; Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, Maestro, Diners, JCB, Amex, Google Pay, and PayPal for online donations.

If your question is still unanswered, please email [email protected]

Important Note

Sober October is an 18+ fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. We would encourage people to drink responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their GP before signing up to Sober October.