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 21.00 Wednesday 21 January until 07:00 Thursday 22 January.

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.

Nightrider 2015

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We are proud to be the official fundraising partner of the cycle ride which takes in over 50 of London’s famous landmarks. Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to explore the capital.

On the evening of Saturday 6 June 2015, some 4000 lycra-clad cyclists will embark on this moonlit challenge and, while London sleeps, will raise more than £2 million in one night for hundreds of charities. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House  and the London Eye.  Click here to see the full route. Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.

This year, Nightrider™ 2015 has a film and music theme.  This exciting twist will let you bring your favourite film and music moments to life at iconic landmarks including 221b Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes),  Abbey Road (The Beatles), The Globe Pub in Borough Market (Bridget Jones) and many more…

Key facts about Nightrider™ London:
• Enjoy cycling pass more than 50 sights of London is this unique charity bike ride at night.
• The route is fully sign-posted and not closed to traffic. You can cycle at your own pace and follow the signs.
• Join over 4000 cyclists on the night raising funds.

You can sign up to Nightrider™ London here or, if you’ve already signed up, you can get started with your fundraising.

Our fourth Dream Marathon winner

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We are delighted to announce our third Dream Marathon winner, David Avery! David has won a dream Virgin Money London Marathon experience, including £100 of Adidas kit, two nights in Central London, upgrade to the Green Start and entry to Virgin Money’s after-party.

David is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Starlight. He tells us why he chose the Virgin Money London Marathon and why he’s running it for Starlight.

I have long hoped to run the London Marathon, unsuccessfully entering the ballot 6 times.  2 years ago, I was diagnosed with early onset arthritis and told by doctors my running days were behind me.  I never gave up hope that I would be able to run again, and while I sought treatments, I continued to train using an ElliptiGO bicycle to maintain fitness in a non impact way.  In 2014, I received a treatment called Platelet Rich Plasma which allowed me to run again.

I have been a longtime fan of the work of Starlight and as an uncle with 10 nephews and nieces, I would do anything to help them fulfill their dreams if they were ill, so I am thrilled to dedicate my training by, and celebrate my recovery to, raising funds for the wonderful work of Starlight.

I began training in earnest in November, balancing my running and ElliptiGO training with yoga and muscle strengthening exercises.  On January 10th, I completed my first half marathon since treatment in a time comparable to before my injury!  I have 2 more half marathons and an ultra on the schedule prior to London so I will be well prepared.  The training schedule is difficult, and with work and short winter days, I do miss the opportunity to spend more time with my friends socializing and dining out, but I have their full support and encouragement to ensure I achieve the best time I can in April.

On race day, I will utilize my base training, focus on the goal of enjoying the course, and celebrating the fact that not only did I not give up hope of running, but by running I will have raised valuable funds to give countless others hope for their dreams.

You can show your support and help David achieve his fundraising target via his Virgin Money Giving page. You can also keep up to date with his training via his blog.

Christmas Campaign winners

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We are delighted to announce the 12 winners of our Christmas Bonus campaign, each of which will win a £100 donation from us at Virgin Money Giving .

Every charity which received a direct donation through Virgin Money Giving in the build up to Christmas was automatically entered, and these are the 12 winners;

  • Berkshire Autistic Society
  • UNICEF UK
  • The Bridge: Homelessness to Hope
  • The Hotcourses Foundation and Nyumbani UK
  • Families And Friends Of Lesbians And Gays
  • BISEE Books
  • Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots
  • The London Pathway
  • Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity
  • Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation,
  • Al-Mizan Charitable Trust
  • Age UK Norfolk.

Congratulations to all the winning charities . You can find more information on each of these 12 charities below.

The Berkshire Autistic Society is an established charity providing comprehensive services for all ages of people with autism, their families, carers and professionals working in the field.

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UNICEF focus on five big dangers children face in the world today – violence, exploitation and abuse, disease, hunger and malnutrition, war and conflict and disaster – and are asking the British public to join them in their mission to reach every child in danger.

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The Bridge

“The Bridge: Homelessness to Hope” is part of Homeless UK and provides food and clothing to homeless people in Leicester.

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The Hotcourses Foundation works in partnership with Nyumbani UK and aims to make a measurable, tangible difference to the lives of some of the poorest children in the world.

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FFLAG is a national organisation that promotes the well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and their families and friends. They offer support, information and advice through our confidential helpline and email answering service.

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BISEE Books is a charity which aims to inspire a love of reading in disadvantaged schoolchildren in Ecuador. It was set up in memory of Sarah Howard, Indira Swann, Emily Sadler, Elizabeth Pincock and Rebecca Logie who were travelling in Ecuador when they were killed in a road accident.

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Roots & Shoots encourages children to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment by providing teachers with free resources and activities.

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The charity Pathway works to provide homeless people with healthcare. It aims to develop and champion health services for the homeless within the NHS.

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The Florence Nightingale Hospice provides comprehensive care and support through in-patient and at-home services to local families affected by life-limiting illness.

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Saving Faces aims through education and research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of facial disfigurement, facial injury and mouth cancer and is committed to reducing the suffering of all victims of these devastating and often fatal conditions.

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Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a UK funder that supports disadvantaged individuals and families living in poverty through small grants and interest-free loans of up to £500.

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Age UK Norfolk is an independent charitable organisation which has been supporting older people in Norfolk for over 60 years. Their objective is to promote the well-being of all older people throughout the county of Norfolk and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

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Dry January 2015

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Staying away from booze in January will make you feel better, save you money, and even improve your skin and sleep! But even better than that, you can become a Dry January fundraiser, and help make a difference to the lives of those affected by alcohol harm. In short, you’re going to be feeling pretty good about yourself in January!

After your Christmas and New Year celebrations, why not take a month off the drink and raise money for charity instead? You can start your fundraising here.

Jantastic 2015

Jantastic 2015 Tribesports action image 001Jantastic is a fun, simple, free fitness challenge to keep you motivated and achieve your personal performance, fitness or health goals through winter and spring and it is about to launch for 2015. Last year’s Jantastic challenge saw over 21,000 cover in excess of one million miles, this year’s looks to be even bigger and we are delighted to be an official partner of the event.

Jantastic is an exciting digital challenge that gives individuals and teams the structure and motivation to achieve their personal fitness, health and performance goals through the tough winter months.  In 2015, the goal for Jantastic is to see 100,000 people signing up to kick-start their New Year fitness and health programme, covering a total of 5 million miles of activity.

Martin Yelling, co-founder of Jantastic, said,  “Jantastic is free to participate in, can be done in your own time and own your own terms, making it suitable for everyone.  I’m delighted to be working with some great new partners for 2015, all of whom share our vision for Jantastic”.

Jo Barnett, the Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving said: “Charities are always looking for new ways to engage with their existing supporters, as well as getting new fundraisers on board. Jantastic is the perfect opportunity for charities to involve people in fundraising for causes they care about, as well as helping them to get fitter, healthier and achieve their personal goals. And as Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit fundraising website, our partnership with Jantastic means more of the money raised will reach good causes.” 

The 2015 Jantastic Challenge opened for people to sign up on 1 December 2014 with the challenge itself beginning on 5th January 2015.  For more information or to sign up, visit the Jantastic website.

Our third Dream Marathon winner

ramyWe are delighted to announce our third Dream Marathon winner, Ramy Soliman! Ramy has won a dream Virgin Money London Marathon experience including £100 of Adidas kit, two nights in Central London, upgrade to the Green Start and entry to Virgin Money’s after-party.

Ramy is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society after his daughter Sophia, born prematurely in April last year, was diagnosed with Audiotory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder which caused profound hearing loss.

Sophia now has been fitted with hearing aids and Ramy says “my wife and I are trying to make sure that Sophia has the best chance to make the most of the hearing ability she has. Hearing loss in children is extremely debilatating, particularly those diagnosed at a very young age, and can cause delays in learning, speech and language development. Through the excellent work of the NDCS, the support network was there from the start to help children and their parents. With their help, they are improving the lives of every deaf child (including Sophia) and for that reason, I will be running to raise money for this fantastic cause.”

You can show your support and help Ramy achieve his fundraising target via his Virgin Money Giving page.


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