Virgin Money London Marathon Charity Places #1


The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest single fundraising event in the whole world and you could be running at the event on 24 April 2016.

There are numerous charities who have places available. So whether your aim is to finish, to finish wearing fancy dress or to achieve a Personal Best, you could be giving it your best shot.

We will publish a list of charities who have places available every week, along with how much you will need to raise and how to enter – so keep your eye out!

Street Child

Street Child

  • £2000 target
  • Apply via email:


East Anglian Air Ambulance

St John

St John Ambulance


Ambitious about Autism

Back Care


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.

Competitions and Winners


We love to thank our fundraisers for all the amazing work they do and reward them with some special treats.

Each month between March and September, one Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon (RPFH) fundraiser won our Royal Parks April’s On your Parks. Get Set. Go. competition; every donation received on a RPFH fundraising page in that month gained the fundraiser one entry into the draw to win, amongst other prizes, a £50 Runners Need voucher, afternoon tea for two at Grosvenor House and, of course a £100 donation to their Virgin Money Giving page. This month’s winner, and the final winner of this competition, is Rob Hunt who is fundraising for Place 2 Be.

Also occurring every month, we give one fundraiser the chance to win a Pamper Package: every donation received in that month gets the fundraiser one entry into the draw. The Pamper Package prize includes chocolates and champagne from Virgin Wines, a Pamper Day package from Virgin Active and a £100 donation to the winner’s Virgin Money Giving page.  This month’s winner is Peter Mitchell who is fundraising for The Children’s Foundation.

We are currently also running something a bit special with Breast Cancer Awareness month, thanking one fundraiser every day of October with a Virgin Experience DayFind out some more information and get those donations rolling in for a chance of receiving your own Thank You reward.

#charitytuesday: Celebrating 10 years of SiMBA


Each #charitytuesday we bring you news of something that a charity is doing that’s just that little bit special.

On 24 October, the charity SiMBA (Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal) are celebrating their 10th birthday with a spectacular evening of entertainment, all the while raising money for the charity.

The charity SiMBA work to honour babies who have died, been stillborn or been miscarried. They help to gather timeless memories for the bereaved parents so that they can remember the child they have lost.

The 10th birthday event will feature a cocktail reception, a three course meal and a spectacular night of entertainment hosted by Grant Stott, featuring a raffle, Charity Auction and, of course, dancing.

Danielle from SiMBA told us “The reason we are holding the Ball is really to say thank you to everyone who has helped SiMBA over the last ten years, if it wasn’t for our fundraisers, donors and the team then SiMBA would not be where it is today – long may it continue!

You can secure your ticket for £70. The first 100 tickets sold will be entered into a special prize draw to win an overnight stay at The Sheraton Hotel.

If you can’t make the event, you can still support them by choosing to fundraise for SiMBA during your next fundraising challenge, or make a donation to the charity.

#fundraiserfriday: 97 marathons in 97 days

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We recently brought you the story of Mark Vaz, the man who decided to run 90 marathons in 90 days for the charities Tommy’s and Katharine House Hospice.

We’re sure you’ll be as astounded as us to discover that upon nearing his 90th marathon, Mark decided that 90 just simply wasn’t enough and intends to carry on to 97 marathons, currently intending to finish at the Royal Parks on the 11th October.

Mark’s decision to carry comes after he feels he’s getting stronger, thanks to the good support team around him. He also says that although he is delighted with the support he’s received, he’s somewhat disappointed in what he has raised so far and would love to keep pushing for more money for the two charities.

When asked about his darkest days throughout his challenge, Mark said “The third night of my marathons I remember being up nearly all night due to massive pains in the back of both my legs. In the second week I dehydrated when running along the canal and very nearly passed out, it was a massive learning curve for me and put me off canal running. More recently, I got food poisoning and also damaged the nerve in the back of one of my legs.

Mark’s challenge is extremely personal for him and his family after his wife suffered several miscarriages and stillbirths. All donations to Mark’s Virgin Money Giving page will be split between the two charities and will go towards helping over families affected.

Breast Cancer Awareness month: Thank you for fundraising


Cancer impacts so many us in so many different ways – and whether it’s fighting the disease, raising funds in memory of someone, or celebrating beating it – the fight is together.

As a way of saying thank you to those who are fundraising for any of these reasons, and to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re teaming up with Virgin Experience Days to give away an experience every day for the whole of October. From balloon flights to two night cuisine breaks in Paris, we’d like to give fundraisers a pat on the back for all of the incredible work that they do.

Every donation could be an experience

If you already have a Virgin Money Giving page set up to fundraise and support of one of the many charities that are working to help those touched by the disease, then it’s just a case of getting those donations rolling in. For every donation your fundraising page receives, you’ll receive an entry into the draw.

If you don’t yet have a page, but would like to raise funds for one of these charities throughout the month of October, setting one up couldn’t be easier. Why not set one up today to play your part in the battle against cancer?

Fundraising tips

If you need help setting up a page, or guidance on the best ways to make the most of your fundraising, head to the fundraising ideas section of our website for some inspiration.

Thanks again for everything you do, now and in the future – we know that it’s going to make a massive difference.

Continue reading ‘Breast Cancer Awareness month: Thank you for fundraising’

#charitytuesday: St Christopher’s Midnight Walk


Adding a little fancy dress to a fundraising event can make all the difference, adding an element of fun and helping to differentiate the event. That’s exactly what St Christopher’s have done with their charity Midnight Walk and why they’re the focus of this #charitytuesday.

The Midnight Walk is a friendly 5 mile walk, starting and finishing at the St Chrisopher’s Hospice in Sydenham on 10 October. It will be kicking off at 11pm and you can register either by calling 020 8768 4575, by visiting their website or emailing the team at

Georgina Grant, from St Chistopher’s Hospice tells us “The money raised goes towards our Candle Project. The Candle Project works with any child or young person in South East London who has experienced loss through death.  Last year Candle supported around 300 children; 45% of them had been bereaved through a sudden death.

Some examples of how the money raised will help the Candle Project include:

  • £100 – provides art materials for children’s groups, helping them to learn new ways to express their feelings
  • £150 – buys a selection of story books to give to bereaved children
  • £250 – funds four individual bereavement counselling sessions for a child
  • £500 – funds a group worker for three group day events.

So if you’re in London and free on 10 October, contact St Christopher’s to get your place and then set up your fundraising page, or to simply support the cause, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.

310 miles for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity

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Tim Hamlyn is running 310 miles of hilly terrain in aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Warrant Officer Tim Hamlyn, who serves on board HMS Argyll based at HM Naval Base, Devonport, set himself the challenge – which is the equivalent of 12 marathons in 12 days – to complete a long-held ambition.

Tim says, “I have never run a marathon race, but I have done many half marathons and run big cumulative distances in training and I’m very confident it will be a rewarding experience.  I love running off road and the coastal path will be beautiful. I’m just hoping for good weather as that will make a huge difference to my progress.’’

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life. Since 2007, it has funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. It also distributes millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Naval Service.

As the Executive Warrant Officer on HMS Argyll, the welfare of the crew is his key concern: “because of my job and the work the RN/RM charity does in supporting personnel and their families in need, it was obvious to combine my own challenge giving the charity and beneficiaries a boost.’

Tim has taken advice from experienced long-distance runners on all aspects of the run, including nutrition as he estimates burning 4,500 calories a day. and thanks the HMS Argyll for its support, allowing him time to train. “I’m lucky to have the full backing of my colleague in the Navy and my family, which is very loyal of them and I will need this in the future when I’m out on the coast digging deep.’

Charity spokesman Rebecca Saunders said: “We are incredibly grateful that Tim has turned this into a chance opportunity to raise all-important funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  We support those in care homes who wore a uniform long ago and we support the children of those who have or are wearing a uniform today. Our supporters, like Tim, are incredibly important to us as they enable us to support projects and facilities that boost morale, increase wellbeing as well as make grants to military charities which care for families and veterans of the Naval Service. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and fair winds for Tim during his 12-day challenge.’’

You can support Tim via his Virgin Money Giving page.

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