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Virgin Money Giving Drop-ins for charities

Glasgow Store

Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit fundraising platform, meaning that more money goes to charities that need it most. Our Stores want to help local charities sign up to Virgin Money Giving so that anyone can fundraise for them whenever they wish.

Several stores across the UK will be holding sessions to encourage charities to sign up to Virgin Money Giving so that their fundraisers can use our site to collect donations. If you’re a charity looking to register, the representatives in your local store can help you with this, as well as offering a few tips on how to get more from your fundraisers.

To find out more information or double-check the location of your local store check our Store Finder.

The planned sessions are;

Tuesday 25 March

  • Whitley Bay Store 4pm – 6pm

Wednesday 26 March

  • Dundee 10am – 4pm
  • Edinburgh 10am – 4pm
  • Glasgow 10am – 4pm
  • Giffnock 10am – 4pm
  • Belfast 10am – 4pm
  • Kendal 10am – 4pm
  • Carlisle 10am – 4pm
  • Aberdeen 10am – 4pm
  • Chester-le-Street, Durham 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 10 April

  • Bishop Auckland 5.30pm – 7pm

Competition Winners

winnerIt’s been a busy start to the year with lots fundraising for all sorts of events! We like to run competitions to give people a little boost and a bit of extra motivation.

Here’s a breakdown of the winners below. Huge congratulations to everyone!

Student Adventures – Raise over £500
Winner; Alex Brailey
Prize; £250 for Action against Hunger
Winner; Anna Burgess
Prize; £250 for Meningitis Research Foundation

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon – set a target
Winner; Arnold Page
Prize; £100 for Reading School

Greater Manchester Marathon – set a target
Winner; Becky Gunn
Prize; £100 for Dementia UK and St John Ambulance

Nightrider – set up a page
Winner; Graham Hobday
Prize; £500 for Prostate Cancer

The Kiltwalk – receive a donation
Winner; Natalie Cant
Prize; VIP trip to Edinburgh including Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks tickets.

More chances to win!

We run competitions all year round, so if you’re not listed above, check out our future opportunities to win;

Royal Parks – set up a page – live from 25 Feb – 30- April
Create your page and have received at least one donation before 30 April
Prize: £500 donation to fundraising page

Blenheim Triathlon – set up a page – live from 10 March – 30 April
Create your page and have received at least one donation before 30 April
Prize: £500 donation to fundraising page

RideLondon – set up a page – live from1 Feb – 31 March
Create your page and have received at least one donation before 31 March
Prize: a Garmin Edge 810 (x 4 winners)

Win a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon Lead Car!

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“A Marathon Runner isn’t anything without their supporters” if you agree with this quote then you’ll love our latest competition. We’ve managed to secure a money can’t buy prize for 7 lucky people who’ve been supporting you throughout your Virgin Money London Marathon training.

The first prize is a chance to see the course from the official Timex lead car followed by a comfortable seat in the Virgin Money Finishing Grandstand  to watch the rest of the race and you come sprinting across the line.  Plus, we’ll treat them to an overnight stay in London the night before the big day.

But that’s not all, the runners up prizes are 3 pairs of seats in the first ever Virgin Money Starting Grandstand. This is a real VIP experience, watching the elites including Mo Farah, wheelchairs and the thousands of amazing fun runners cross the start line for the run of their life.

To win one of these amazing prizes all you need to do is:

  1. Visit the Virgin Money Giving Facebook Page
  2. Tell us who you wish to nominate and why in the comments box.

The competition closes at 6pm Friday 21 March and we’ll announce the winners on Monday 24 March, so don’t forget to ‘like’ the Facebook page too to find out the results.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry to the Lead Car and Grandstand (“competition”) is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over at the date of entry.  Employees of Virgin Money, their immediate family or anyone directly connected to the competition or operation of the competition are not eligible. Entrants must have an official Virgin Money London Marathon or Antony Nolan Team (2014 Virgin Money London Marathon official charity of the year), Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. They must also have a place in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.
  2. The competition will open at 8.30am on 21 March 2014 and will close at 6.00pm on 21 March 2014.
  3. All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into the competition. The winners will be chosen at the Promoter’s discretion from all qualifying entrants.
  4. 1st prize is 1 x seat in Timex Lead Car, 1 night accommodation on 12 April, 2 x seats in Virgin Money Finisher Grandstand. Runners up prizes of 3 x 1 pair of Virgin Money Starter Grandstand. No cash alternative will be offered. Travel expenses are not included in either prize.
  5. The winner agrees to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
  6. The winner’s and county of residence name will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Lead Car and Grandstand competition, Virgin Money Giving, Discovery House, Whiting Road, Norwich, NR4 6EJ
  7. Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the competition. Unless an entrant has opted out of marketing, the entrants agree that the personal information provided will be used by the Promoter to provide entrants with information about products or services that may be of interest to them. This may include information about other firms’ products although the Promoter will not disclose entrants’ personal information to any third party. The entrants may be asked but are not under an obligation to participate in non-paid publicity.
  8. Virgin Money Giving Limited registered in England and Wales (company number 02733492) (“Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.

Walking With the Wounded Bear Auction

South Pole Allied Challenge Bear Auction

When the three teams took to the South Pole to raise money and awareness for Walking with the Wounded, it was important that each person had something to cuddle when the temperatures dropped. Each member of the South Pole Allied Challenge was given a teddy bear to keep them warm on those chilly nights, and now those teddy bears could be going home to you! Each one has its own auction on eBay, as well as its own certificate of authenticity, and all proceeds will go to Walking with the Wounded.

Team Glenfiddich (GB)

Team Noom Coach (US)

Team Soldier On (Commonwealth)

Don’t forget to watch part two of Harry’s South Pole Heroes on ITV at 8pm on Sunday.

Dean’s amazing journey


In July 2010, Lance Corporal Dean Bousfield was serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan, when his regiment came under fire and Dean was severely injured and left paralysed;

“I’m the only person in the world to survive a gunshot completely through both hemispheres of the brain, the bullet entered on the left and exited on the right just above my ears. When I woke up from my coma I was told that I would never talk, stand or walk again.  I can do all of those 3 now and I’m also a disabled athlete competing as a Cerebral Palsy Seated Thrower for Doncaster Athletic Club.”

In September 2014 Dean will be completing the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, a 969 mile journey in just 9 days from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for The British Paralympic Association.

Dean is aiming to raise £3,000 for the charity, to help provide vital funds needed to send British disabled athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. As a keen thrower, Dean is also working towards competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

You can help Dean reach his fundraising target and make a donation on his Virgin Money Giving page.

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 12 March until 06:00 Thursday 13 March 2013.

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 the system runs efficiently to support your fundraising.

If you have any questions or there’s anything we can help with please email and our helpdesk team will get back to you from 9:00 Thursday morning.

James is tackling all life’s challenges

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A challenge could be a personal attempt to do something you might have never thought you could do, or it could be a mammoth event to do something that would stun anyone who heard about it; both apply what James Golding intends to do, and he intends to break a Guinness World Record while he’s at it.

On the 12 April, James Golding intends to break the current Guinness Seven Day Cycling World Record by cycling an incredible 250 miles per day for 7 days; the record currently stands at 1740 miles. The route will take James from the North East coast of France to Nice, on the south coast where he’ll then turn round and cycle back.

When James begins the record attempt on the 12th of April, it will be exactly five years since he walked out of hospital at a staggering 8 stone after having to learn to walk again following cancer. James was initially diagnosed in 2008 and at one point was given a 5% chance of survival, yet today he looks back over five years of incredible cycling challenges and charity fundraising.

On the run up to his record breaking attempt, James will be undertaking various other challenges, and all for Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan are a charity who work with those who have cancer, the families of cancer sufferers, as well as health and social care professionals to improve the lives of the 1 in 3 people in the UK who will be diagnosed in their lifetime.

James says “Over the last five years I’ve ridden across countries, continents, been hit by a truck, been diagnosed with cancer for a second time in 2011, been a part of over £2,000,000.00 of fundraising for charity and had a baby boy with my wife Louise.” Of all the types of challenges life can throw at us, it seems that James is tackling them all once.

You can read more about James’s challenges and make a donation on his Virgin Money Giving page.

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