Tailor made fundraising just for you!

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We recently launched Virgin Money Giving Campaigns. This is a new tool which allows you to bring fundraisers and donors together on the same tailor made Virgin Money Giving Campaigns page to target a specific objective. Whether that is through an event, Charity of the Year fundraising or a natural disaster appeal, Campaigns gives you more control over the charity pages you create.

Setting up a new Campaign only takes 3 simple steps:

1. Decide on your campaign. Is it a charity appeal, event or charity of the year?

2. Create your campaign pages. This tells your charity’s story through photos and videos and shows people how their donations will help.

3. Promote your campaign. Share your Campaign on Social Media, write a press release, share it with your corporate partners, there are lots of ways to shout about your completed Campaign.

Since we’ve launched there have been some great Campaigns set up. One is for the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal, they set up a campaign to raise money for a new Breast Cancer Unit and so far have raised a whopping £199,133.28! There are fundraisers who are taking part in their own events to raise money specifically for this Campaign.

If you’re a charity, fundraiser or even an event that would like to set up your own Campaign, this is a great time to do it!

 

5 challenges for 5 charities

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To mark Virgin Money Giving’s 5th birthday, today’s fundraiser – Jule Wilson – decided to take on 5 very different personal challenges for 5 different charities, and is hoping lots of others will do the same.

Jule is going Sober for October for Macmillan Cancer Support, doing the Stand Up To Cancer March around central Newcastle-upon-Tyne, walking barefoot over hot coals at the Leeds Firewalk for The Stroke Association, sleeping rough in Sunderland as part of the Centrepoint Sleepout raising money for homeless young people and finally dunking herself in the North Sea as part of the Boxing Day Dip for the mental health charity Sane.

Jule tells us “was determined to do some fundraising this year, but I wanted to find events that were a bit different, and that didn’t require huge amounts of physical training as I have a weak ankle following an injury and am not long back on my feet after illness. “

All five charities being supported in the challenge mean something to Jule. Since 2003, as well as volunteering for Cancer Research UK, Jule has donated annually to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan on her Grandma’s birthday, after losing two grandparents to cancer. She points out that the care her grandma received from a Macmillan nurse was a great support to her mum. Jule says “Giving up the demon drink for a month was certainly not going to do me any harm, and I loved the idea of the country uniting together for the March.”

Jule says that stroke can happen to anyone at any time and can have a huge affect on families, but with the right treatment and support, available due to orgnisations like The Stroke Association, people can now make amazing strides. Similarly with CentrepointJule knows how easily homelessness can happen to people from all walks of life.

The Firewalk was something I didn’t think many people would try, but I fancied giving it a go, and I’ve roped a friend in tooI’m hoping it’ll be mind over matter, and although the thought of it is a little bit scary, I’m sure the fact it’s for such an important charity will help spur us on on the nightI’ll be able to layer up for the Sleepout, but most homeless people don’t have that luxury, so I feel it’s important to experience just a little of what they go through each winter, to help raise awareness of the issue as well as some funds to help tackle it. 

The final challenge, the Boxing Day Dip, means the most to Jule. “I chose Sane because it is one of the lesser known mental health charities, which offers practical support not just to sufferers but also to those who live and work with them. One in four people will have a mental health issue at some time; myself, several close friends and family members have been and are affected by mental illness – it is a widespread issue, but doesn’t have to be as debilitating as it is assumed to be.”

Jule adds “What would inspire me to keep going even more would be if more people would join me and do 5for5 of their own, using Virgin Money Giving – whether that’s five one-off events like me, for different charities, or five events for the same charity.

You can support Jule via her Virgin Money Giving page and, if you want to start your own fundraising, you can create a page here.

Virgin Money Giving turns 5

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We are delighted today to be celebrating our 5th birthday.

We launched on 14 October 2009 and in just five years over 9,000 charities have registered with us and over 425,000 fundraisers have used the site to receive donations.  Our goal has always been to help charities raise more, and we’re very proud that we’ve been able to make that happen.

A massive £300million has been raised through Virgin Money Giving for UK charities and, because we are 100% not-for-profit, an extra £10million went to charities than if those fundraisers has used other fundraising platforms. And if that isn’t impressive enough, a massive 86% of donations through the website have been boosted by Gift Aid – which we don’t take a penny of.*

You can have a look through previous blogs to meet some of the amazing fundraisers who have used Virgin Money Giving, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for competitions and all our latest news.

*Figures based on a comparison of the cost of service and transaction with JustGiving, based on Virgin Money Giving’s fundraising total from its launch to 25 August 2014

Catch up with Eve’s fancy year

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In July, we brought you one of the most unique fundraising challenges we’ve ever encountered when Eve Hazelton told us that she had given all of her clothes to Rowcroft and decided to wear fancy dress every single day for a year. Well this week, Eve celebrated 100 days in fancy dress so we thought we would catch up with her and see how her very colourful challenge is going.

As with any challenges, Eve’s has certainly come with its peaks and troughs. She has found herself travelling to several foreign destinations and has been on film shoots with her job, all of which proved interesting in fancy dress. She also found herself at her friend’s wedding in full 1950s vintage attire. The down days in Eve’s challenge are quite unique, Eve tells us how she was ill recently and “wanted nothing more than to be snuggled in bed in [her] PJs“, but even her pyjamas had been donated to charity, so Eve had to find her most comfortable fancy dress outfit and get into bed in that instead!
Eve has even started taking fancy dress requests, with donations coming as large as £250 to have her dress in a particular costume. So if you have a particular character you’d like to see Eve take on, head on over to her Twitter.
Eve tells us “On day 100, I challenged followers on Facebook to see if we could raise a daily amount of £100. 27 people donated that day and raised over the £100, which was an incredible feeling! I have to raise at least £52 a day to stay on track to my £20,000 target, so doubling it that day was brilliant.
Eve also tells us that people have been really getting involved with her fundraising. “There have been fancy dress coffee mornings, fancy dress parties being arrange throughout the year, a friend got in touch and said her class were planning on doing a fancy dress day to help raise money, and a lady donated £15 from her kids who made and sold loom bands and wanted the money to go to a good charity. It is so lovely that people feel strongly enough to get involved. That’s what its all about at the end of the day, raising awareness for CoppaFeel! and of course raising loads of cash!

To hear more about what Eve was inspired to fundraise for CoppaFeel!, visit our previous blog and to support Eve in her fantastic challenge and to donate to CoppaFeel!, you can visit her Virgin Money Giving page.

Virgin Money London Marathon Charity Places

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The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest single fundraising event in the whole world and fundraisers have raised £250million since Virgin Money started sponsoring the marathon in 2010. Last week, 125,000 people were finding out whether they had won a ballot place to the 2015 event.

However, it is not too late to get a place to run the marathon; there are numerous charities with places to give away. So whether you want to run wearing fancy dress, singing karaoke or with a fridge on your back, have a look at our list of charities and see who you could be fundraising for in April.

Don’t forget that Virgin Money Giving are completely not-for-profit, meaning that if you fundraise through us, more money goes to your chosen charity. So once you have your marathon place, don’t forget to open a fundraising page and get started.

And if you need a little extra encouragement to apply for a charity place, we’re giving away a VIP Marathon package to one lucky winner every month from now until March. All you need is one donation on your Virgin Money Giving page for a chance to win. So once you’ve secured your charity place, visit our website to find out more.

Dream Marathon

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It’s that time of year again where London Marathon magazines are landing on people’s doorsteps, announcing whether or not they will be running 26.2 miles round London on 26 April.

If you’ve been lucky enough to get a place in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, congratulations! You’ll be joining thousands of other runners who will be raising money for a cause close to their hearts.

But your luck doesn’t have to end there! Every month from September 2014 until March 2015, we’re giving away a very special VIP Marathon package which includes:

 

  • £100 of Adidas kit
  • Two nights in Central London, plus food
  • Transport on race day with VIPs
  • Upgrade to the Green Start
  • Entry to the after-party
  • Grandstand tickets for two
  • Goody bag

 

Entering is easyset up your page with us and start fundraising. Every online donation you receive on your 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon page gives you one entry into that month’s competition. So the earlier you start and the more donations you get each month, the better your chances of winning this exclusive prize.

Jamie is the Pride of Britain

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In January of this year, we featured a fundraiser on #FundraiserFriday whose challenges were truly mind-boggling; a 14,000 mile cycle from Bangkok to Gloucester, a record breaking 268 hours on an exercise bike and most recently, a 5,000 mile run across the entire country of Canada. Jamie’s challenges have not gone unnoticed, and we’re delighted that he has been shortlisted for Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.

Jamie took on his challenges to thank charities which help sick children, after spending a great deal of his childhood in hospital with a number of conditions including epilepsy and syringomyelia. The Pied Piper Appeal was founded in 1992 to improve the lives of sick children in Gloucestershire while Great Ormond Street Hospital provides the best available care to ill children, as well as pioneering treatments and cures for childhood illnesses and sees 220,000 patients a year.

Jamie’s challenges weren’t just physically exhausting; he also encountered numerous terrifying ordeals on his quest to raise funds for the two charities. Jamie was shot at and arrested, he slept rough, battled -40C degrees temperatures and frostbite as well as enduring permanent damage to his right foot. All of this was made worthwhile, however, when his Virgin Money Giving page reached a whopping £64,000 including gift-aid.

We would like to wish Jamie the best of luck at the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday 6 October, we will be watching when they are shown on ITV the day after, Tuesday 7 October at 8pm.

You can visit Jamie’s  website and watch the amazing video blogs made along the journey of his incredible challenge. You can also follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.


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