Planned maintenance on the Virgin Money Giving website

Essential maintenance

We’ll be carrying out overnight maintenance to the Virgin Money Giving website tonight.

As a result the website will be unavailable from 22.00 Wednesday 20 August until 06:00 Thursday 21 August 2014.

We appreciate there’s never a good time to make changes to the website, and do our best to schedule the outages over night and when the website is quieter. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but it’s important for us to carry out this type of maintenance to ensure our system runs efficiently to support your fundraising.

If you have any questions or there’s anything we can help with please email theteam@virginmoneygiving.com and our helpdesk team will get back to you from 9:00 Thursday morning.

Help Save the Children save lives with MineCraft

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Videogame personality Dan Maher and Minecrafter Chris Doney are on an adventure to build a virtual clinic so that Save the Children can build a real one – and save children’s lives.

Harnessing the power of the gaming community and combining it with a good cause is a great combination. It’s a simple concept for the millions of Minecrafters to understand and get involved with.

Life in Minecraft is tough, but it doesn’t compare to the struggles that mothers and babies in Liberia face when they’re deprived of basic healthcare in a hostile environment. With Clinic Craft, the aim to inspire people to do what they love most to aid those most in need.

It’s a perfect time to get kids and adults alike playing Minecraft in a purposeful way over the summer holidays. Let’s show everyone just how inventive and generous Minecrafters really are. Here’s a little snapshot to give you a bit more of an insight:

Visit Clinic Craft* and get crafting!

You can also follow Clinic Craft on Twitter https://twitter.com/ClinicCraft

*Clinic Craft is a collaborative project brought to you by creative Will Aslett, Dan Maher and the guys at Explosive Alan Productions, YouTuber Chris Doney with support from Save the Children UK and The Good Agency.

Win a place in the Sure Run to the Beat 10k

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Running to music can be therapeutic, it can motivate you, relax you or even give you that extra push to achieve a Personal Best!

Sure Run to the Beat has DJ’s blasting out all kinds of motivational music round the 10k course.  So not only can you enjoy running with lots of others, there will be a soundtrack along the way too!

London’s music 10k takes place in Wembley Park on Sunday 14 September 2014. In previous years the event has been a Half Marathon and has helped 96,000 runners to achieve their goals. This year you only need to be able to run 10k to get the same unique experience and we’re giving a place away for free.

All you need to do to enter is;

1. Visit the Virgin Money Giving Facebook page

2. Add a comment on the Sure Run to the Beat post telling us why you’d love to run in this years event

The prize draw will close at 12 noon on Friday 22 August and we’ll be announcing the winner on the Virgin Money Giving Facebook page – so don’t forget to click ‘like’ to see if you’ve won.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions apply

  1. Entry to the Win a Place in the Sure Run to the Beat event (“Prize Draw”) is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over at the date of entry
  2. The Prize Draw will open at 9am on 18 August 2014 and will close at 12 noon on 22 August 2014.
  3. All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into a prize draw and three winning entries will be drawn independently.
  4. The prize is a place in this year’s Sure Run to the Beat event on 14 September 2014. No cash alternative will be offered.
  5. The winners’ agrees to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
  6. The winners name and county of residence will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Virgin Money Giving Win a Place, Virgin Money Giving Limited, 28 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF.
  7. Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the Prize Draw.
  8. Virgin Money Giving Limited registered in England and Wales (company number 02733492) (“Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our APIs!

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Whether you’re a fundraiser, charity or event provider we’ve got a suite of APIs that allow you to build web or mobile applications using the Virgin Money Giving fundraising platform.

We’ve got a different package of APIs available depending on whether you’re developing an app for a fundraiser, charity or event provider:

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  • Find fundraisers and return information from their fundraising pages
  • Create league tables, build widgets and more for your blog or website to bring your fundraising to life
  • Give instant live access for fundraiser developers

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  • Integrate the fundraising page creation journey into your fundraising events registration on your website
  • Create leaderboards and totalisers for your fundraisers and host them on a specific campaign or charity website
  • Extract fundraising data from your charity using your own unique ID
  • Create mobile apps and much, much more

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  • Create new fundraiser accounts and pages directly from your site
  • Find everything you need to fetch donation information from your event
  • Get instant test access to start developing, ask us for live access when you’re ready

In total, there are 15 API’s for you to get your teeth into so why not use your developer skills to bring them to life in an exciting and innovative way. It will take your fundraising even further and bring an extra bit of fun to your page(s). The only limit is your own imagination, you’d be amazed what you can create.

 

 

#FundraiserFriday Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

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This weekend, thousands of cyclists will take to London’s roads to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. Across Saturday and Sunday, there will be everything from stilt bicycles, Penny Farthings, stagecoaches and rickshaws, to elite races including double Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott to youth races showcasing the Olympic cyclists of the future, all taking place  around a 10-mile traffic-free route in central London.

On Sunday 24,000 cyclists will be setting off from the QEOP to ride 100 miles to Surrey on a modified Olympic route before returning to London and a dash up The Mall. One such person who will be participating in the event is Harry Cooper who will be cycling to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Campaign. Harry tells us “I am taking part in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle to raise money in memory of Carol, a good friend for 40 years who tragically died last year of breast cancer. Too many of my other female friends have also suffered from breast cancer and other forms of cancer while still far too young.”

The Breast Cancer Campaign made up of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer. The charity funds world-class breast cancer research projects in the UK and Ireland. They point out that every year 50,000 women are diagnosed, 12,000 die, and millions of us live with breast cancer’s long-term impact and that the disease on the increase. However, thanks to charities like The Breast Cancer Campaign, the quest to overcome breast cancer has gone from strength to strength, and more women are surviving than ever before.

Harry took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event last year and says that “taking part in a mass cycle on closed roads in the company of 16,000 other cyclists was an amazing experience .. and there was a real buzz on speeding through the last few miles in London and up The Mall.” When asked what tips he would give fellow fundraisers, Harry says that he would recommend “starting early and using business/professional contacts in addition to friends and family.” He also points out that having a charity that everyone can identify with makes a difference to your fundraising total which he has noticed himself while fundraising for The Beast Cancer Campaign – “We all unfortunately know people with cancer.

You can support Harry via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Eye of the Tri-Baby

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Today is a momentous day. Our #FundraiserFriday record for youngest star has been broken by William de CroosWilliam is fundraising by undertaking a mini-triathlon, and he is four years old.

William’s triathlon consists of swimming 40 metres at the Park Club Milton, cycling 1 mile at Blenheim Palace and running 800 metres at the Roger Bannister Athletics Track, Oxford – the track where Sir Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile. William’s mother Rebecca points out that all the venues are letting William and family use their facilities for free for this event. William is training hard for his event, which is apparent from his incredible training video – see the bottom of the blog.

William was born with Hypoglycemia and was helped by the Special Care Baby Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxfordshire so has decided to fundraise for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Fund. Rebecca says “by doing such an active and challenging event, we are celebrating the great work they did at getting him well – he’s living his little life and loving it.” Penny, a Children’s Development Officer from the John Radcliffe Hospital tells us “Any money raised for the Newborn Care Unit goes to help us provide medical equipment and facilities above and beyond what the NHS alone can fund.

The money raised by William’s triathlon will be split 50/50 between the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Fund and Combat Stress. Combat Stress  was founded after the First World War and it helps veterans deal with the psychological impact of their experiences. Today, Combat Stress have have a caseload of over 5,400 Veterans. William’s auntie is an army reservist who is currently deployed as a trauma nurse at Camp Bastion. Not only is William our youngest #FundraiserFriday star, but Combat Stress believe he may be the youngest fundraiser that they have ever had too!

William may be a fundraising superstar, but he isn’t a diva. When asked what inspires him and keeps him going when he gets tired, William said “Bananas and a drink of water – that’s what all the sports people have. I will need three bananas, one for after each of my sports”, although he is also hoping to get a Blue Peter badge!

William’s mum and dad are understandably extremely proud of their son, saying “We are hugely proud of William for just taking on this challenge.  If he completes all the distances of course we will be delighted, but to be honest, the fact that he is trying is enough for us.  He’s a determined young man, we have every confidence that he will give it his best shot – and we’ll be right alongside cheering him on every kick, push and step of the way.

You can follow William’s progress on his Twitter and Facebook, and you can support his fundraising via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Last minute prize draw for all London Triathlon Fundraisers!

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The 2014 London Triathlon is nearly upon us – the racing takes places this weekend over Saturday 2 August and Sunday 3 August.

To celebrate this year’s event we’ve got a pair of Bose SIE2i sport headphones to give away worth £129.95! Bose, an official partner of the London Triathlon, have some amazing equipment that has helped many people through their training and you could be the lucky winner.

Everyone taking part in this years London Triathlon, great news, you’re already entered, you’ll be pleased to know. The winner though, will be the fundraiser that has raised the most amount of money on their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page when the competition closes – 11.59pm on Tuesday 5 August. Get those donations rolling in, tweet your friends, email them, send a Facebook group message out and you could be the owner of this awesome prize.

Terms and conditions apply:

  1. Entry to the London Triathlon Highest VMG fundraiser (“Prize Draw”) is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over at the date of entry.
  2. The Prize Draw will open at 11.59am on Tuesday 29 July 2014 and will close at 11.59 pm on Tuesday 5 August.
  3. The fundraiser who has raised the most funds on their London Triathlon 2014 Virgin Money Giving page will be the winning entry.
  4. The prize is one pair of BOSE SIE2i sport headphones. No cash alternative will be offered.  The prize is supplied by BOSE.
  5. The winner agrees to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
  6. The winner’s name and county of residence name will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: BOSE Prize Draw, Virgin Money Giving, 28 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF.
  7. Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the Prize Draw.
  8. Virgin Money Giving Limited is registered in England and Wales (company number 02733492) (“Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.

 


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