Between 23 April and 18 May 2012 England rugby international and World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and cricketing legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will undertake the ride of their lives.
All of the money raised will support some fantastic British causes through the Dallaglio Foundation (supporting a major prostate cancer project), the AF Foundation (supporting the development of children’s rehabilitation and physiotherapy units throughout the UK) and Virgin Unite (the not-for-profit foundation, helping young people in the UK to increase their employability and entrepreneurialism, as well as tackling other important issues for young people).
Our friends at Virgin Media are the official sponsor of the challenge. Virgin Media will be providing Freddie, Lawrence, the core riders and support teams with top-of-the-range smartphones so that they can stay connected to home and their supporters as they tackle the changing weather and landscape. Virgin Media is also giving ten customers and ten members of staff the opportunity to join Freddie and Lawrence on the Cycle Slam journey too – each raising money to help Freddie and Lawrence achieve their fundraising goal of £2,012,000.
To support the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012 visit virginmoneygiving.com/DallaglioFlintoffCycleSlam.
In just two months time I’ll be taking on my next gruelling challenge – attempting to swim across the Irish Sea to help raise £1 million for Cancer Research UK. The Irish Sea is 56 miles from Holyhead to Dublin – nearly three times the length of the English Channel, and there are sharks and jellyfish! This has only been successfully completed before by a team of swimming professionals and the weather conditions and currents are very changeable which is a huge challenge.
I’ll be joined by Ronan Keating, TV’s Jason Bradbury, Jenny Frost and Steve Parry – who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 200 metre Butterfly event. And there’s room in the team for two more swimmers!
You have until 15 July to get involved and be in with a chance of joining the team! All you have to do is visit www.the-swim.co.uk, register and commit to raise at least £100 for the charity.
To find out more and start fundraising please go to www.the-swim.co.uk. And you can also sponsor our team at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/theswim
Richard and Holly Branson will be supporting the 37,000 runners at this year’s Virgin London Marathon from a Virgin Cheering Zone at mile 19 by Montgomery Square in Canary Wharf.
They”ll be joined by Virgin staff to give the runners cheers of support as they hit mile 19 mark.
As well as playing the thousands of cheers that Virgin Money have been collecting from around the country over the past month to create the world’s biggest cheer.
If your supporters would like to join us in Montgomery Square we’ll be keeping them entertained with the Bollywood Brass Band and a 50 voice Rock Choir.
Elsewhere on the course we’ll be out between mile 12 and 13 (just off Tower Bridge) making lots of noise with our Virgin Angels giving away plenty of cheering materials if your supporters would like to join us.
And finally our friends at Virgin Unite will be on Embankment encouraging everyone along towards the end of the course.
We’d love your supporters to join us, and if you’re brining your friends and family to the London Marathon Expo make sure you visit us in the Virgin zone where you can create your own cheering boards.
A huge well done to everyone who ran the first Virgin London Marathon on Sunday!
The Caterpillar (a team of 34 runners tied together) led by our patron Holly Branson and her brother Sam completed the marathon, breaking the world record for ‘Most runners linked to complete a marathon’. So far they have raised nearly £140,000 including Gift Aid for 12 charities.
We’ve been taking a look at some of the data behind the Virgin London Marathon runners and here are our favourite 5 stats so far.
- The most common message of support on fundraising pages for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon pages was ‘Run Forrest run’ and appears over 500 times.
- So far over 13,000 people donated £1 for every mile of the marathon, leaving a donation of £26.20. Something as little as £1 per mile by so many people becomes total of £340,600 (and that’s £429,854.50 with Gift Aid added).
- Our oldest fundraiser was Cyril Trice (aged 79) who completed the marathon in a very respectable 7hrs and 2mins.
- The largest single donation made to a fundraising page was £20,000.
- 319 fundraising pages were created for more than one charity which is a unique feature on Virgin Money Giving.
We’re adding all our photos to a Flickr both from the Expo and the race. They’ll be on our Facebook page too so why not take a look.
A little mention to our team of staff runners who all finished too, we’ve got more on them coming up on our blog shortly.
Since we launched, fundraisers have already raised over £10million for charity using Virgin Money Giving and because we’re not-for-profit £500,000 more has gone to charity*.
*Compared to JustGiving, assuming donations made with a Visa debit card and Gift Aid reclaimed.