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Win one of 40 places on our Marathon Training Day

Training Workshop with Martin Yelling

If you’ve got your place in the Virgin Money London Marathon no doubt your training is well underway. But what about your fundraising, have you set your page up yet and started receiving donations?

Well here’s an extra incentive for you to get ‘fundraising’ to the top of your to-do list. If you set up your Virgin Money London Marathon fundraising page between 1 January and 8 February 2014 and receive a donation, we’ll enter you into a draw to win one of 40 exclusive places on our Marathon Training Day.

The Training Day will take place on the 22 February in the beautiful setting of Dorney Lake in Windsor and includes:

  • Training tips and advice from expert runner Martin Yelling to get you not only to the start line but more importantly to the finish line.
  • Nutrition and hydration advice as you’re getting ready for Race Day.
  • A sociable buffet lunch so you can compare stories and training tips with other runners.
  • Top tips from us at Virgin Money Giving on helping you hit your fundraising target.
  • Plus a special guest or two (but we can’t say who just yet).

Create your fundraising page

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Reading Half Marathon 2014

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Christmas is coming and running a half marathon is probably the last thing on your mind right now but when the New Year hits wouldn’t it be great to have your goal already set?

The Mizuno Reading Half Marathon is a city centre race that starts and finishes in the magnificent John Madejski Stadium. The first ever race took place in 1983 and it’s still going strong today with the 2013 event over 13,000 people completed it. There’s a place for everyone from elite athletes to runners who would like a challenge of completing 13.1 miles for the first time. You can even take part as a team in the Corporate Relay Challenge.

Race day is 2 March 2014 and online entries are being snapped up quickly so make sure you get in early to secure your place. And if you’re running to raise money for a cause close to your heart you can make more of your fundraising by setting your fundraising page up now. As it’s that time of the year when people are feeling generous why not ask for a donation for Christmas instead of a present?

Hope you have a great Christmas training and a Happy New Year.


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Monday night was the 20th anniversary of the Mind Media Awards to celebrate the portrayal of mental health problems in all forms of media.

The evening was hosted at the British Film Institute on the Southbank and was a fantastic celebration of individuals who have helped increase understanding and challenged the stigma of mental health issues.

This is the first year Virgin Money Giving have sponsored the event and it was a great eye opener for us into all the work that Mind and the Media do to help raise the profile for mental health awareness.  You can find a round up of the best bits from our trending #VMGMindAwards.

DJ Scott Mills from BBC Radio 1 was the host on the evening. He has experienced mental health problems himself so these awards are very dear to his heart. Plus there was one category he was particularly keen on – Radio.

Scott’s summarised how he felt on twitter @scott_mills Honoured to be asked to host such an event. Some brilliant programme makers, journalists and incredible people. 

It was great to see so many inspirational people, including some well known faces, present at Monday nights event. Frank Bruno with his daughter Rachel, Ruby Wax and presenter Matt Johnson attended to show their support. All are big advocates of ensuring mental health problems are portrayed in the right way in the media.

And of course the most important thing to report are the winners! The full list is here so feast your eyes.

Well done and congratulations to all the winners from Monday night, you should feel very proud.

Be seen as you train for the Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon Bibs

Be one of the first 5,000 Virgin Money London Marathon runners to set up your fundraising page, and once you’ve received at least one donation we’ll send you a limited edition Virgin Money Giving hi-vis running bib.

Now you’ve got your place in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon you’ll need to think about your training programme over the next few months, and being safe and seen when you’re pounding the streets on those dark winter days.

Our limited edition hi-vis bib will be sent out to you if you’re one of the first 5000 fundraisers to set up your Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 fundraising page with us, and received at least one donation on the page from 1 October – 31 December 2013.

So set up your page today and get those donations rolling in to be in with a chance.

Create your fundraising page

Continue reading ‘Be seen as you train for the Virgin Money London Marathon’

Where will your next fundraising challenge take you?

Classic Tours

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next fundraising challenge, our friends at Classic Tours have a few suggestions which are slightly more of the beaten track. You’ll be far away from the modern comforts of daily life but they’ll be unforgettable experiences.

On your bike in Madagasgar

One of their new for challenges for 2014 is a cycle challenge in Madagascar. This 450km charity bike ride will take you from the capital of city of Antananarivo to the coastal town of Mahavelona. You’ll cycle Madagascar and discover highland villages, paddy fields, lush tropical fruit plantations and coastal trails.

Trekking Burma

Trek Burma in February 2014 and while raising money for your chosen charity you’ll discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas and magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning. The trek takes place in the Shan Mountains. The cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape and hill tribe villages make it a perfect area for a charity trek.

Looking for something else?

There are plenty more fundraising adventures available at They’ll sort your travel, accommodation, and guides for the challenge leaving you to focus on the perpetration and fundraising.

Once you’ve picked your adventure don’t forget we’re here to help you reach your target!

We’re sponsoring this years Mind Media Awards!

Mind Media Awards sponsored by Virgin Money Giving

We launched our not-for-profit fundraising website through Virgin Money’s ambition to make everyone better off and the Mind Media Awards also exist to help make everyone better off. Highlighting the fact that people in the media industry, and further afield, have the power not just to change attitudes, but also to change lives for the better by educating and informing others about mental health issues, and therefore reducing the stigma that still unfortunately surrounds them.

We’ve been Mind’s official on-line fundraising partner for four years and in that time we have seen them increase fundraising for mental health matters. This year’s awards short-list demonstrates their message is definitely getting out.

The media isn’t shying away from what can be a difficult and sensitive subject. Instead, over the past year we have seen an array of entertaining and informative shows cross our screens. Not only have these tackled the subject head on, challenging stigma and prejudice along the way but it has been refreshing to see much of this done in an accessible, engaging and sometimes humorous way.

Much of that evolution in the media has been thanks to Mind’s tireless work out in the community, and Virgin Money Giving helps to celebrate such work, sharing best practice for the benefit of charities all over the UK as well as those they are fundraising for and their families and loved ones.

Mental health issues have far reaching effects and for 20 years, Mind has marked the positive work being done by the UK’s media to highlight and help minimise those effects for the benefit of all. We are proud and delighted to be part of it.

Well done to Ride London 100 riders!

Ride London 100

A huge well done to everyone that took part in the Prudential Ride London 100 at the weekend. Despite the early start the weather was fantastic, and amazing to see so many people lining the streets of London cheering along the riders. We had our own cheering zone by the VIrgin Money store in Dorking too

For all of you who were riding for charity, we’ve  4 simple things you should do with your on-line fundraising today to help you smash your fundraising target.

We’d love to hear how it went for you, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Add a new photo to your page

Now you’ve completed the challenge, nothing quite shows ‘I’ve done it’ like a photo of you taking part.

Whether it’s a snap of you before you set off, out on the ride, or proudly wearing the medal at the end, it’ll let all your supporters know that you’ve completed the ride. There’s a little guide on how to add photos to your page if you need it too.

Update your page with how it went

Take a few moments to update the content of your fundraising page, share your experiences.

Change the information on your page, let your supporters know how the ride went, what time you did and how it feels to have completed the ride. If there were any close calls, or anecdotes from the ride pop them in too, along with where the toughest part of the course was for you.

Drop your friends and family an email

Send a quick email around to everyone you know – including people who’ve already donated.

Let them know how much you’ve raised so far, what time you did, and how it went, and don’t forget to include a link to your page. You might get some repeat donations.

Don't forget to Social Network it!

If you tweet, Facebook, Google+ or Linked in, don’t forget to update your status with your newly refreshed page, and add any extra photos from the big day as well. The official hashtag (if you haven’t seen it yet) is #PruRL2013.

And did you know you can use hashtags on Facebook now too?

Infographic: Need an excuse to get on your bike?

Chris Froome wins Tour de France

If it wasn’t Bradley Wiggins last year at the Tour de France and the Olympics that got you back out on your bike, we’re pretty certain Chris Froome’s Tour de France win this weekend might get you cycling! (we’re not going to enter any of the debates about which one is greatest)

With the Prudential Ride London 100 only a couple of weeks away we’ve got a fantastic infographic from our friends at Virgin Money highlighting the many benefits of getting out on your bike, and if you’re riding for charity you can add one more to the list!

And if you’re taking part in Prudential Ride London 100, there’s still time to create a last minute fundraising page, and encourage your friends to donate in support of your ride, you can get started right here.

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Last minute event tips from Zest Magazine

Zest Challenge

Our friends at Zest Magazine are getting ready for the first of this years Zest Challenge events.

This weekend sees them heading off to Henley-on-Thames for their 5K and 10K challenge runs. Not quite your average running event though as there’ll be  hay bales to climb over, nets to scramble under, balance beams and a giant water slide!

With all that in mind they’ve sent through some last minute tips, which should help everyone regardless of how adventurous their run turns out to be.

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You’ve done the training, now all that’s left is to make sure you have a good carby meal the night before (steer clear of spicy foods!) and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Then come race day, our checklist will help you stay cool, calm and raring to go:

  1. Get up early to eat a light digestible breakfast – we love porridge or wholemeal toast and a banana. Drink lots of water too.
  2. Don’t be tempted to wear something new on race day. This isn’t the time to road test new clothes – you don’t want to be worrying about chafing seams or itchy waistbands when you’re scrambling over hay bales!
  3. Plan your transport to the start point, especially as it’s an early start. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, making sure you account for registration and warm-up time, not to mention queuing for the loo.
  4. Limber up try knee raises, star jumps, jogging on the spot.
  5. Don’t start off too quickly it’s easy to be carried along by the crowd and kick off in the wrong gear. Remember, there are nine obstacles to work your way over, so you’ll need to conserve some energy.
  6. Finally, enjoy yourself! It’s called a challenge for a reason, but we promise it’s loads of fun and just think of the reward that’ll come with finishing.

For more race-day tips, check out

Win a free place on Nightrider London a 100km moonlit bike ride – 8/9 June 2013

Night Rider London

If you’ve been inspired to get on your bike following the fantastic summer of cycling last year Nightrider™ London could be the event for you.

The 100km route takes in London’s major landmarks: Tower Bridge, a deserted ‘City of London’, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and more…. The circular itinerary is clearly sign-posted so you can cycle at your own pace. And there’s full support and back up around the course.

If you’re interested you can sign up on your own, with a friend or in a team. Choose from over 160 charities to support. For full details of the event and to select the charity you’ll ride for visit

But hurry! You’ve only got until the 10 May to be able to register to ride for charity.

Win a Place on Nightrider™ London 2013

Our friends at Classic Tours who organise Nightrider™ have one free place up for grabs. To be in a chance to win just answer the following questions and email your answers to by midnight 7 May 2013:

  1.  How far is the Nightrider™ route?
  2.  Name one of the start points.
  3. Which French city will host Nightrider™ this year?

By entering the competition you agree that the organisers Classic Tours may contact you by email about their charity challenges. They will not pass your details to any third parties.  The  winner will be notified via email on the 8 May and they will need to register before the 10 May to claim their free entry. The Nightrider registration will close on the 10 May, so if the winner does not register before then they will not be able to take part.

Got a place already?

If you’ve already got your own place in Nightrider London, and haven’t created your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page yet you can get started right here and have your page collecting donations in just a few minutes.

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2013 Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

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