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#charitytuesday: Coppafeel!


This #charitytuesday, we bring you an extremely important video from CoppaFeel!

They tell us “Knowing your boobs could save your life. We educate 18-30s on the importance of checking their boobs & knowing the signs & symptoms of breast cancer. Isn’t it about time you checked yours?

So let Rochelle Hume and Greg James talk you through how to check and what to look for in this 2 minute video.

How you can help

You can help CoppaFeel! continue their fantastic work by fundraising for them or making a donation.

Breast Cancer Awareness month: Thank you for fundraising


Cancer impacts so many us in so many different ways – and whether it’s fighting the disease, raising funds in memory of someone, or celebrating beating it – the fight is together.

As a way of saying thank you to those who are fundraising for any of these reasons, and to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re teaming up with Virgin Experience Days to give away an experience every day for the whole of October. From balloon flights to two night cuisine breaks in Paris, we’d like to give fundraisers a pat on the back for all of the incredible work that they do.

Every donation could be an experience

If you already have a Virgin Money Giving page set up to fundraise and support of one of the many charities that are working to help those touched by the disease, then it’s just a case of getting those donations rolling in. For every donation your fundraising page receives, you’ll receive an entry into the draw.

If you don’t yet have a page, but would like to raise funds for one of these charities throughout the month of October, setting one up couldn’t be easier. Why not set one up today to play your part in the battle against cancer?

Fundraising tips

If you need help setting up a page, or guidance on the best ways to make the most of your fundraising, head to the fundraising ideas section of our website for some inspiration.

Thanks again for everything you do, now and in the future – we know that it’s going to make a massive difference.

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Le cure de France


The Royal Marsden cancer charity cares for 50,000 patients each year and when Marianne Butler became one of them, her friends knew they had to do something to help. What they couldn’t have known was that a night of red wine would result in them undertaking “a full Mount Everest of vertical climbing“. Dan Shute tells us how it all came about;

There was no way I was going to make it up Ditchling Beacon. I knew that before I started trying, and I REALLY knew it about 100m up. So I stopped. I’d dug deep into my well of stubborn reserve, and been found well-wanting. As I slowly started to trudge up the hill, a queue of impatient, and – frankly – unsupportive cars forming behind me, the enormity of what we’d taken on sank in for the first time. Exhausted as I was, I still had the energy to be terrified.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In September 2013, Marianne Butler, or Manny, as we’d always known her, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was the first time cancer had struck this close to home for most of us, and it hurt. We cried, we laughed, we told dark jokes; we did all the things that we assumed you did when you were faced with something like this. And, as Manny bravely – and without once hesitating – started to undergo treatment, we started to think about how we could help: how we could show how much we loved her, and how angry we were that cancer had tried to take her away from us.

So four of us got together, over some heartening red meat and some confidence-inducing red wine, to agree a plan. As a bunch of people the wrong side of 30, and with our bodies (particularly the knees – oh, the knees) in various states of disrepair, our options were somewhat limited. Running was out (remember the knees), and swimming just wasn’t going to happen… We’d all met in the mountains, so some kind of endurance-skiing seemed like a lovely idea – but ‘lovely’ wasn’t really what we were looking for. And then someone mentioned the Tour de France. Cycling. Cycling in the mountains…

And Le Cure de France was born (ah, shoot us, we love a pun). To ensure our confidence hadn’t dissipated by morning, we announced our intentions on Facebook; the next day, hungover, delicate, and slightly less confident, we were locked in. Over the next few days and weeks, the details of the challenge took shape: five days, 500 kilometres, Mont Ventoux, the Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, the Col d’Izoard and the Col d’Ornon; or, to put it another way, a full Mount Everest of vertical climbing. And so the pain began: we were definitely going to need better bikes…

Manny, incredibly, received the all clear in March of this year, thanks in no small part to the treatment she received at the Royal Marsden, thanks to Professor Ian Smith (who, astonishingly, is joining us on the ride) and his team (who, equally astonishingly, aren’t – lazy bloody scientists). And so in September, 28 of us will be hitting the Alps. We’ll be pedalling for them, our legs will be burning for them and our lungs will be bursting for them: to say thank you for beating the cancer that tried to take Manny away, and to ensure that when cancer comes at you, or someone you love, they will be there to beat it again.

Right. Time to get back on the sodding bike. If I can’t even handle Ditchling…

You can visit the team’s fantastic website or go straight to donate via their Virgin Money Giving page.

#FundraiserFriday Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100


This weekend, thousands of cyclists will take to London’s roads to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. Across Saturday and Sunday, there will be everything from stilt bicycles, Penny Farthings, stagecoaches and rickshaws, to elite races including double Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott to youth races showcasing the Olympic cyclists of the future, all taking place  around a 10-mile traffic-free route in central London.

On Sunday 24,000 cyclists will be setting off from the QEOP to ride 100 miles to Surrey on a modified Olympic route before returning to London and a dash up The Mall. One such person who will be participating in the event is Harry Cooper who will be cycling to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Campaign. Harry tells us “I am taking part in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle to raise money in memory of Carol, a good friend for 40 years who tragically died last year of breast cancer. Too many of my other female friends have also suffered from breast cancer and other forms of cancer while still far too young.”

The Breast Cancer Campaign made up of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer. The charity funds world-class breast cancer research projects in the UK and Ireland. They point out that every year 50,000 women are diagnosed, 12,000 die, and millions of us live with breast cancer’s long-term impact and that the disease on the increase. However, thanks to charities like The Breast Cancer Campaign, the quest to overcome breast cancer has gone from strength to strength, and more women are surviving than ever before.

Harry took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event last year and says that “taking part in a mass cycle on closed roads in the company of 16,000 other cyclists was an amazing experience .. and there was a real buzz on speeding through the last few miles in London and up The Mall.” When asked what tips he would give fellow fundraisers, Harry says that he would recommend “starting early and using business/professional contacts in addition to friends and family.” He also points out that having a charity that everyone can identify with makes a difference to your fundraising total which he has noticed himself while fundraising for The Beast Cancer Campaign – “We all unfortunately know people with cancer.

You can support Harry via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Eve’s Fancy Year


As fundraising challenges go, Eve Hazelton may have chosen the most colourful, most unique and wonderful one imaginable. Eve began her challenge by donating all of her clothes to Rowcroft. Now, any challenge that starts with someone donating all of their clothes to charity is going to be interesting. But what did Eve intend to wear instead, we hear you ask? Eve Hazelton will be spending a whole year in fancy dress to raise money for CoppaFeel!.

On 1 July, Eve left her house dressed as a pirate and will go through 365 outfits before completing her challenge next year. Eve was inspired to fundraise for CoppaFeel! after watching ‘Dying to Live’, a BBC documentary about 23-year-old Kris and her discovery that she was suffering from stage 4 breast and spine cancer. Kris, and her twin sister Maren, started the charity after Kris’s diagnosis to raise awareness of breast cancer in young people. The charity talks in a relatable language and is open and forthcoming as well as light-hearted, even offering reminders in the shape of Boob-o-Grams!

Once Eve had the idea, it would not leave her alone. Describing her own challenge, Eve says, “Food shopping, going to the Gym, attending friends weddings, going to work, going out for romantic meals, going to the cinema, the beach, out for coffee, to the hairdressers.. All in fancy dress!”. When fancy dress experts Smiffy’s heard about Eve’s challenge, they had to get involved and generously provided Eve with 365 fancy dress costumes. Over the course of the year, Eve will be a shark, Katy Perry, a nurse, a Twister board and is particularly looking forward to dressing up as the Honey Monster on a cold day.

Eve says “I’m going to get laughed at, probably denied access from certain places, have to explain why I look like such a weirdo on a daily basis, but I don’t care! It’s a great cause, and even if I just make one person more aware of the work, and therefore the message behind CoppaFeel! I will be super happy

To support Eve in her fantastic challenge and to donate to CoppaFeel!, you can visit Eve’s Virgin Money Giving page.

Just a cycle in the park


Sporty people are used to getting their pulses racing, some push their heart rate as high as it will go. But for Steve O’Sullivan, his heart rate will be staying firmly under 112 beats per minute, despite cycling nearly 1,000 miles for charity.

Two years ago, Steve had a major heart attack which damaged his heart. Due to this, he must now not exceed 112 beats per minute, but, as Steve says, this has not stopped him being sporty. In fact, this year he raised £800 for charity by completing the BHF London to Brighton bike ride.

Soon, London to Brighton will seem like a ‘cycle’ in the park for Steve who plans to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on 2 August next year. He will be cycling in aid of two charities, Joining Jack, which raises money for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Coppafeel, whose aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer in the 18-25 age group.

To show your support to Steve and help him smash his fundraising target you can donate here.


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