About the event
Operation Bletchley is a personal challenge, testing yourself physically and mentally that can be completed at any location. You can start at your pace anywhere in the world. It can be completed in lots of smaller walks, as part of your day to day life or even as one big walk. Cover the 50 miles, crack the codes and deliver the message to Winston Churchill before it’s too late.
There are 3 different options to choose from
- Junior codebreaker – aimed at 8-12 year olds
- Codebreaker – Challenging
- Cipher Expert – Would be accepted at GCHQ!
Don’t be fooled into thinking the Junior codebreaker and codebreaker levels will be too easy!
When you receive your first email with the options of codes, if you choose Codebreaker and find further down the line you are unable to solve them you can return to your first email and select Junior codebreaker and complete the 10 codes in that level.
You can also choose the option of paying £5 for a clue to help crack your code! This does not count towards your fundraising target but the money is donated directly to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
Congratulations on getting this far! You now need to piece together the answers from your codes and work out the hidden message to deliver to Winston Churchill at the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall. Submit your answer and find out if you have accomplished your mission!
We recommend using the Strava app to track your walks. Strava can be linked with your fundraising page so you can share your progress with your friends and family. If you cannot do this then you can manually add your completed miles to your page by logging on to your fundraising page from 1st July.
Strava is an app that allows you to track your athletic activity using a compatible GPS device and then upload your activity to your Strava account from the device directly.
If you have a Strava account, you can now track your workouts on your Operation Bletchley fundraising page!
If you do not yet have a Strava account, please create one here prior to following the below steps.
To connect your fundraising page account with Strava, simply follow the below instructions.
- Sign into your fundraising page account /website link/ using your ordinary log in details.
- Select your name and select the 'Account' option on the drop-down menu.
- Once you are inside your page account, select 'Manage Connections.
- Select the 'Strava' button.
- Follow the prompts to approve the connection between your fundraising page account and your Strava account.
- You will be redirected back inside your account. You can now see that you're connected.
You can also find a help video here.
Although there is no fundraising obligation we ask that you raise as much as you can. No matter how big or small your target is we are here to help you. How about aiming for one of the below targets to get you started?
- Raise £50 to receive your Operation Bletchley codebreaking puzzle book
- Raise £150 to receive your Operation Bletchley t-shirt
- Raise £250 to receive your Operation Bletchley fundraising medal*
*Three medals available, one for completing the 50 miles before 31st July, one for cracking the codes and delivering the final message and the final medal for raising £250. Can you complete the full set?
When you register for Operation Bletchley you’ll also be enrolled into our Fundraising Army. The more you raise the higher you’ll rise through the ranks – click here to see the ranks you can achieve. Challenge yourself to see how high you can get; will you make it to Captain?
Of course, the National Events Team is always at the end of the phone so please drop us an email email@example.com or give us a call 020 7811 3967. We can help with ideas, answer your queries and provide you with any fundraising materials you may need – collection tins, t-shirts, wristbands etc. We are here to help you!
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity policy, like that of many other charities, is that Gift Aid is not included in sponsorship targets.
Absolutely – online fundraising is a fantastic way for you to collect sponsorship from your friends, family and colleagues, particularly those you don’t see every day. From your donors’ point of view, it is a quick, easy and secure method of donating. When you register for the event an online fundraising page is automatically created for you. This is your page, add your picture, write some text about what you’re doing and why, set your fundraising target, then send the link out to everyone you have ever met so that they can sponsor you easily and securely.
Yes – it can make your fundraising target easier to meet if you fundraise together. You will even have a team fundraising page which is created automatically when you register as a team.