After sifting through many fantastic, heart-warming stories of Virgin London Marathon Fundraisers we’ve picked three individuals to be the faces of our campaign to promote Virgin Money Giving to a wider audience. Our three campaign heroes each have their own motivation for why they are running and raising money for Youth Net and Age UK – the official charity for the 2013 London Marathon.
The first in our series is from Committed PE Avoider Emma Rubach. Emma’s running the Virgin London Marathon this year for the first time and it will be her first ever Marathon. Not only is Emma fundraising for YouthNet but she works for them too. They have partnered with Age UK to set up a project that will support young volunteers to help isolated, lonely older people get online.
So far Emma has raised £1,571 but you can help her reach her target of £1,850 by donating at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaRubach
To get herself fighting fit for The Big Day, Emma’s been doing some races with a group of friends in Cumbria and conquered a nine mile circuit in a village near Reading too. Her motivation for finishing that run she says was “the visit to a famous pie shop afterwards”.
As any intelligent runner would, Emma’s been tapping up other marathon runners for their tips and advice, these include “buying two pairs of shoes” and “waxing your bikini line” I think that second one came from a lady!
Emma says she’s surprised at just how much she’s enjoyed the training for the Marathon and it’s taught her that “you can pretty much do anything as long as you have a plan and some support.”
Good luck Emma!
With less than a week to go until the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, hopefully your training is going well and your fundraising total is shooting up.
You might want to start thinking about how you’re going to get to London for the race, especially if you’ve got friends, family, and colleagues coming down to cheer you along.
Our friends at Virgin Trains will be running additional early trains on Sunday 21 April to help your friends and family get down to London.
The extra services leave from Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Manchester and arrive in London Euston before 9am. This should give them plenty of time to find a good spot to see you run past. They’ve also got plenty of services in the afternoon and evening to bring you all home again.
Details of the early trains:
||Liverpool Lime Street
||05:50 Liverpool Lime Street
|06:20 Birmingham New Street
|06:30 Birmingham International
|07:29 Milton Keynes
||08:03 Milton Keynes
|08:19 London Euston
||08:51 London Euston
||07:42 Milton Keynes
||08:28 London Euston
For more details and to book advance tickets visit http://www.buytickets.virgintrains.co.uk/
We’ve enhanced the Virgin Money Giving website so it’s super easy and fast to make donations from your smartphone. Here’s a simple way you can use it to boost your fundraising by promoting your fundraising or charity page with QR Codes
If you’re making leaflets or putting up posters you could include a QR (Quick Response Code). It can be scanned on a Smartphone and takes the holder of the phone straight to your page – with no need to type your page address.
You might have seen them on billboards, leaflets, or business cards.
All you need to do is generate one with your fundraising or charity Virgin Money Giving page address (which you can do at http://goqr.me/ or http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and many link shortening tools such as http://goo.gl or http://bit.ly) and add the image of the QR code to all of your promotional materials.
To scan the QR code you friends will need one of the many free barcode scanning apps on their phone such as Red Laser for Android and iPhone
Your friends will now have no excuse – It only takes a couple of minutes to make a donation using a smartphone so if you bump into a friend in the street or down the pub they can do it there and then.
We’d love to see what you do with QR codes and using our new mobile friendly website to collect donations, Let us know by leaving a comment below.
If you’re heading up to the Virgin London Marathon Expo this week to collect your race number, one place you should definitely stop off at is the Virgin Money Giving Stand (you’ll find us in the Virgin area opposite the main stage). After their extremely popular appearance last year our Virgin Money Giving photo booths are back.
You can strike a pose with your race number, squeeze in all your friends and family or maybe get a photo with a celeb (last year we couldn’t keep Iwan Thomas out of them). The booth will print a couple of copies of your photo, one to keep and one to hang up on our wall of fame, and you can also post it straight to Twitter or Facebook.
We’ve also got a limited number of supporter packs with some equipment your friends and family can use to make some noise on race, and our team will be on hand to talk fundraising with you if you need any last minute tips.
If you want to plan your visit, take a look at the Interactive Show Plan and we’ll be posting our list of top things to see at Expo a little later in the week.
Opening times for the Virgin London Marathon Expo are:
- Wednesday 17 April – 11am to 8pm
- Thursday 18 April – 10am to 8pm
- Friday 19 April – 10am to 8pm
- Saturday 9am top 5pm
We’ve been crunching some of the numbers from all those amazing Virgin London Marathon runners fundraising with Virgin Money Giving. And what better way to display them than in a colourful infographic?
Great Friday and our PayPal matched donations promotion before the Bank Holiday weekend was hugely popular. Lots and lots of people donated, which means a fantastic amount more has been raised for charity on Good Friday than we’ve seen in previous years through Virgin Money Giving.
Looking through the donations so many donors stayed up until midnight to support their Virgin London Marathon runner. Not only were they up late, but some were exceptionally generous.
This meant the pot of money available from PayPal was allocated in just 2 minutes!
All eligible matched donations were awarded on a ‘first donation made, first donations matched’ basis. With the largest amount donated by an individual being £1000, the average matched donation amount was also high being £271!
A huge well done to everyone who promoted their fundraising page to their friends and family on Good Friday, whether your donation was matched or not, hopefully you’re all a lot closer to your Marathon charity fundraising targets!
And finally a big thank you to PayPal for matching the donations for us.
We’re not giving away hot cross buns but we are giving away extra donations to make Good Friday great!
This Easter weekend, if you have a friend that’s running the Virgin London Marathon, donate to their fundraising page using PayPal on Friday 29 March and they’ll match your donation. You’ll need to be quick though as the pot is limited to the first £25,000.
If you’re running the Virgin London Marathon and would like to increase your donations make sure you tell your friends to give generously from just after midnight on Friday 29 March.
The donations will hit fundraising pages by Wednesday 3 April.
Don’t have a Virgin London Marathon fundraising page set up yet? Don’t panic, just set it up now and it will be ready for donations straight away, so you can take advantage of ‘Great Friday’ too. And not only that, you’ll also get a free Virgin London Marathon kitbag to help with your training.
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