#fundraiserfriday: “Mum would have been my number one supporter”

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The charity

Kirsty Mackay, not content with just one fundraising challenge, has decided to do 40 things before the turns 40. She is taking on this challenge to fundraise for the charity Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape.

Kirsty’s mum, who suffered from an eating disorder, sadly and unexpectedly, died in 2012. Kirsty says “I know that she would have been my number one supporter throughout all the events I will be taking part in this year.

The challenge

Kirsty tells us that the reason behind taking on 40 challenges to celebrate turning 40 this year was “to prove that age is just a number and you can do anything if you put your mind to it“. She then decided to add an extra angle to the challenge by asking friends and family to nominate challenges for her to do, as a way to spend time with people who are important to her.

Challenges range from running the Virgin Money London Marathon – which Kirsty says was the event she was most looking forward to and didn’t disappoint; “I loved every minute of it” – to holding a spider for one minute, a challenge given to her by her Dad!

Kirsty also took part in the fantastic Spartan Race – a mixture of running and taking on weird and wonderful obstacles – and next week will be taking part in the Great Scottish Swim; the challenge she is most nervous about as she admits she is not a strong swimmer.

Help Kirsty

You can support Kirsty in her 40 challenges by donating to her fundraising page.

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon charity places

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Each year, thousands of runners make their way 13.1 miles through the beautiful Royal Parks of London.

There are only two days left to register so if you would like to take part, why not select one of the charities below and get your place sorted?

And don’t forget, fundraise for the event with Virgin Money Giving and you and a friend could be off to New York City!

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Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Scope

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World Wildlife Fund

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MS Society

Public Law Society

Public Law Project

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Send A Cow

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The Scouts Association

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St Joseph’s Hospice

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Whizz Kids

Mother to Mothers

Mothers 2 Mothers

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CLIC Sargent

Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight

Sussex Partnership Trust

Sussex Partnership Trust – Heads On

Challenge Aid

Challenge Aid

Tree Aid

Tree Aid

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Rainbow Trust

Win a £200 boost to your Edinburgh Kiltwalk fundraising page

The KiltWalk launch

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic charity event which raises funds for the most vulnerable children and families in Scotland. Kiltwalkers can pick whether to walk 6, 13 or 26 miles and can pick the charity that their funds go to – so “whether it’s your local playgroup or a well-known children’s charity, Kiltwalk is here to help“.

There are four events in Scotland and – thanks to the way the Kiltwalk is set up – every single penny you raise goes to the cause you have selected. The Glasgow, Aberdeen and Speyside Kiltwalks have been completed, but there is still one more to get involved with; the Edinburgh Kiltwalk on 18 September.

As a thank you to all the amazing fundraisers doing the Edinburgh Kiltwalk, we have a £200 donation to a Virgin Money Giving page to give to one amazing fundraiser. All you need to do is set up your fundraising page and receive at least one donation, and you could be in with a chance of winning this boost for your chosen charity. Every donation to your page will count as an entry to the competition.

‘Win a £200 donation to your fundraising page’ prize draw terms and conditions

  1. Entry to the “Edinburgh Kiltwalk Prize Draw” (“Prize Draw”) 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 Prize Draw or operation of the Prize Draw are not eligible.  Entrants must have set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving for the 2016 Edinburgh Kiltwalk event. Every donation to their fundraising page within the prize draw period gains them one entry into the prize draw.
  2. The Prize Draw will open at 9am on 15 August 2016 and will close at midnight on 15 September 2016.
  3. All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into a prize draw and one winning entry will be drawn independently and at random.
  4. The prize is a £200 donation to the winner’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page for the 2016 Edinburgh Kiltwalk event. No cash alternative will be offered.
  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: Virgin Money Giving, Edinburgh Kiltwalk Prize Draw, 28 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF.

#fundraiserfriday: 5,000 mile run around Britain’s coast

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Today’s #fundraiserfriday star is Simon Clark, who is taking on the mammoth task of running the coast of  mainland Britain, 5,000 miles in total, which will take around a year to complete in aid of Ecologia Youth Trust. He has recently entered England on his 100th day and is still going strong.

The Challenge

After reading Rosie Swale Pope’s book, Just a Little Run Around the World, Simon was inspired to do his own run around the British coast to raise funds for Ecologia. Taking on the British coast in an anti-clockwise direction, he left Ecologia’s base in Findhorn, Morayshire on Easter Sunday 2016, and has since run over 1,500 miles around the far North and West coast of Scotland to cross England at Gretna Green. So far he has quite literally run through 3 pairs of trainers, an untold number of socks and even a rucksack. Running the entirety of the British coast means that Simon’s adventure includes camping out or accepting offers of sleeping on floors, as well as spotting the incredible wildlife and stunning views during his daily runs, which he posts on his Facebook page.

The Charity

Ecologia are celebrating their 20th year of working towards a world where all children can thrive within their own communities. Since 1995 it has been working to enable children and young people who have been abandoned, neglected or orphaned to realise their own individual potential. Working with local partners, Ecologia empowers youngsters to create sustainable, resilient communities by improving their education, health and welfare, and by supporting them to protect their natural environment. Find out more here.

Simon aims to raise £10,000 to support Ecologia in their work to empower children, and it is those children that keep Simon inspired to keep going even when the road is tough. He believes that,

“If we can’t give all the children of the world the best start possible, we have to wonder what we’re doing here. It’s so difficult for children in materially poor countries to get to grips with education and achieve worthwhile change whilst being under nourished and shelterless. Giving – no doubt at times, grinding out – effort to benefit youngsters who have less fortuitous circumstances than mine seems the least I can do, and the thought of carrying and needing very little, while asking others to give a lot to improve the lives of children seems the best of affairs.”

How you can help

You can sponsor Simon in his incredible efforts by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page and donating to the cause. He’s also looking for offers of food, shelter and support along the way; even offering a personal messenger service along his route in exchange for a donation! You can keep track of his progress and show your support here.

 

Win a £200 boost to your Speyside Kiltwalk fundraising page

The KiltWalk launch

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic charity event which raises funds for the most vulnerable children and families in Scotland. Kiltwalkers can pick whether to walk 6, 13 or 26 miles and can pick the charity that their funds go to – so “whether it’s your local playgroup or a well-known children’s charity, Kiltwalk is here to help“.

There are four events in Scotland and – thanks to the way the Kiltwalk is set up – every single penny you raise goes to the cause you have selected. The Glasgow and Aberdeen Kiltwalks have been completed, but there are still two more to get involved with! One of these is the Speyside Kiltwalk on the 14th August.

As a thank you to all the amazing fundraisers doing the Speyside Kiltwalk, they have a £200 donation to a Virgin Money Giving page to give to one amazing fundraiser. All you need to do is set up your fundraising page and receive at least one donation, and you could be in with a chance of winning this boost for your chosen charity. Every donation to you page will count as an entry.

 

Win a £200 donation to your fundraising page’ prize draw terms and conditions

  1. Entry to the “Speyside Kiltwalk Prize Draw” (“Prize Draw”) 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 Prize Draw or operation of the Prize Draw are not eligible. Entrants must have set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving for the 2016 Speyside Kiltwalk event. Every donation to their fundraising page within the prize draw period gains them one entry into the prize draw.
  2. The Prize Draw will open at 9am on 22 July 2016 and will close at midnight on August 14 2016.
  3. All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into a prize draw and 1 winning entry will be drawn independently and at random.
  4. The prize is a £200 donation to one Virgin Money Giving fundraising page for the 2016 Speyside Kiltwalk event. No cash alternative will be offered.
  5. The winner agree to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
  6. The winner and county of residence name will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Virgin Money Giving, Speyside Kiltwalk Prize Draw, 28 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF.
  7. Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the Prize Draw. The entrants may be asked but are not under an obligation to participate in non-paid publicity.
  8. Virgin Money Giving Limited is registered in England and Wales (company number 02733492) (“Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.

When fundraising meets Social Media

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#nomakeupselfie

On 18 March 2014, 18-year-old Fiona Cunningham created a Facebook page asking people to take a selfie with no makeup on, post it and donate £3 to Cancer Research UK. One week later, £8 million had been raised through the #nomakeupselfie campaign which had seen celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne take part in the trend which had spread from Facebook across Instagram and Twitter.

#ALSicebucketchallenge

In the month after the initally American based ice-bucket challenge was launched, there was an excess of 2.4 million ice bucket challenge-related videos posted on Facebook with a staggering 28 million people uploading, commenting on or liking ice bucket challenge-related posts. The number of uploads was even higher on Instagram with 3.7 million videos using the related hashtags, which were also used on twitter, #ALSicebucketchallenge and #icebucketchallenge.

That’s the fun part, the silly part which saw Ben Stiller nominate Rafael Nadal, Mark Zuckerberg nominate Bill Gates who then built a huge contraption in order to ice himself. However the real reason behind the ice-bucket challenge was to raise awareness and funds for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association and thereafter its UK equivalent, the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

Pre-ice bucket challenge, the MND Association would receive on average £200,000 a week in donations. From 22 to 29 August, it received £2.7m – more than 13 times its usual average. And in the one month where ice-bucket challenges took over, the ALS Assocation received $98.2m – a whopping 36 times that which it received during the same period the previous year. Similar to the #nomakeupselfie campaign, this campaign was not started by the charity itself, although it was begun by two sufferers of the disease, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn.

#scarfie

Not every charity can expect to see Oprah and the Beckham family joining in with their social campaign, but that’s not to say that these types of campaigns are not worth attempting. They all start from somewhere and who’s to say what will catch on?

Earlier on this year, Asthma UK created their own social campaign #scarfie. Asthma UK pointed out that, durign the winter months, covering your nose and mouth with a scarf can drastically reduce the symptoms asthma sufferers encounter and so asked their followers to share a selfie where their noses and mouths were covered. Within seven days of this campaign beginning, the charity had reached more than a million people and seen an increase of 740 per cent in the number of new Facebook followers compared with a normal week and a 220 per cent increase on Twitter – even Dame Barbara Windsor joined in.

Don’t forget the hashtag

Whether you’re a charity or a fundraiser, there are lots of simple ways to start a similar campaign. The two things which tend to work on Social Media are things in which people can participate and things which are shareable.

Why not ask people to take a picture of themselves holding up a sign with their reason for donating? Or ask everyone to wear a particular colour on a particular day to raise awareness? As long as you ask people to share these images, people are bound to discover your campaign.

And don’t forget the hashtag! Hashtags are the most simple way for people to engage with a social campaign on twitter and Instagram so get creative but keep it snappy!

 

RideLondon fundraising hero: Georgia cycling in memory of her father

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On Sunday 31st July, Georgia Isaacs will will be one of thousands of cyclists taking to the road for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. She’s riding in memory of her dad, Michael Isaacs, who sadly died the day after her 18th birthday in November 2011. Georgia told us her story and we’re delighted to feature her as a guest blogger today.

Why RideLondon?

“I’ve waited a while to do something in memory of my dad because I just wasn’t sure of the right thing to do. Then I went to watch the the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Box Hill a few years ago and I knew it was exactly the challenge I wanted to take on. Now I’m here… terrified but incredibly excited!”

Michael Isaacs

“My dad devastatingly lost his battle with cancer after an honourable fight. He worked up until 3 weeks before he died and never ever let us know how much pain he was actually in, which made the news that he only had days to live a complete and utter shock. All of our lives were turned upside-down.

The Princess Alice Hospice

“On my 18th birthday my dad was taken to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. The Princess Alice Hospice is a wonderful, calming place that is far from what I expected a hospice to be. They put their heart and soul into making sure dad’s last hours were as comfortable as possible and tried their very best to ease our pain too. With a team of doctors and nurses caring for dad medically it enabled my mum to go back to being his wife and just be at his side.

“You are always welcome back to the hospice to look round the gardens, light candles in memory or just sit in the cafe and remember your loved one. We were, and still are, so grateful for the amazing job the staff do in such an emotionally tough environment.

Training

“Training for this ride has been very physically challenging as well as emotionally. I have not had dad here to help me with the things I had always depended on him to do such as oiling my bike, fixing punctures and helping when my chain comes off. I am so grateful for the people who have been able to help me and subsequently teach me all of these things and more.georgia bike

“I wish so much dad could be here to cycle with me, something I am sure he would have loved to have done. I try my hardest to remember that any pain I endure during the training and on the day is nothing like the pain my dad was in.

“My dad was my absolute world and I would do anything to have him back and for our family to be whole again. I still can’t get my head round the fact he is no longer here.”

How you can help

You can support Georgia’s challenge via her Virgin Money Giving page.


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