It’s been twelve months since we officially launched Virgin Money Giving, so today we’re celebrating our first birthday!
We’ve had an exciting first year, building some great relationships with the charities and event providers, as well as our first Virgin London Marathon, with our fundraisers breaking Guinness World Records.
We’ve achieved so much in our first year:
- Over 2,400 charities signed up to using Virgin Money Giving
- Over 40,000 fundraisers supporting their charities through our website
- And over £25 million raised for good causes to date
Our mission in launching Virgin Money Giving was to help charities raise money as cost-effectively as possible.
By only covering our running costs, and by offering a free Gift Aid reclaim service for charities, a staggering £1 million more has gone to charity because fundraisers used Virgin Money Giving rather than JustGiving.*
But our first year hasn’t just been about the numbers, we’ve also rolled up our sleeves and got stuck in too! In our first year our staff runners have completed more than 1500 miles for charity, a team drove to Italy in a £500 car, one of us went for an icy swim on Boxing Day, we’ve held a charity dating evening and fundraising gigs in local pubs.
We’ve also had some famous names fundraising with us too. Joe Mcelderry, Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Alexandra Burke, Gabriella Cilmi, Russell Howard, Princess Beatrice, Holly Branson, Natalie Imbruglia, Jenni Falconer, Michelle Heaton, Ricky Whittle, The Red Arrows, Jimmy White, Sam Fox, The Cat from Red Dwarf, and Big Brother 10 winner Sophie Reade to name just a few!
We’d just like to say a huge thank you to all the charities and fundraisers who’ve supported us this year. We’re looking forward to another year of fundraising and helping even more charities to raise more online.
*Based on donations made with Visa debit card and Gift Aid collected.