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#fundraiserfriday: Ryan hand cycles for Diabetes UK

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Today’s #fundraiserfriday star Ryan Rauf introduces himself on his Virgin Money Giving page with the following:

“My name is Ryan. I’m a disabled hand cycler. I have Type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy, dystonic spasms, raynards disease, chronic pain and addisons.”

An extraordinary fundraiser, Ryan took on the Bristol Nightrider to raise money for Diabetes UK. We spoke to Ryan and his mother about his experience.

The challenge

Ryan took on the Nightrider challenge after another hand cyclist, Giovanni, asked him to join. A 100km loop taking in some of Bristol’s most famous sights, this event was no mean feat for someone who had never taken on a hand cycle event before. However, it was because it was his first ever event that Ryan wanted to do something big.

The charity

Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old, fourteen years on Ryan was delighted to be able to take on this event for a charity which helps people like him every day. Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading diabetes charity which cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. They see themselves as “diabetes experts, campaigners, researchers, fundraisers, volunteers and healthcare professionals” pointing out that there are ryan rauf for blog 2currently 4 million people in the UK living with diabetes, including an estimated 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.

The event

To train for the event, Ryan did four track days of all day cycling and did one hour every day on his turbo trainer, covering as many miles as possible. He spread the word of his fundraising round his family and his school, as well as using Facebook to share his page as widely as possible. This has helped him to raise more than £500 including gift aid, but he hopes this total will be even higher when his fundraising ends.

With his specifically altered bike, Ryan and his family arrived in Brisol on the 25th and after a large lunch with his team, headed to the venue. Ryan began the race at 11pm and, despite the hills, after a midway snack of Haribo, he finished at 6:15am.

How you can help?

You can support Diabetes UK by donating to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page.

Win a £250 boost to your Nightrider fundraising page


We are proud to be the official fundraising partner of the Nightrider events. The one day bike ride with a difference – it’s at night!

The London cycle takes in over 50 of the city’s famous landmarks. Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to see the capital like you’ve never seen it before.

But that’s not all! This year, London won’t be the only city where you can experience this amazing event. Bristol and Liverpool now each have a Nightrider event of their very own.

Over three weekends, thousands of lycra-clad cyclists will embark on one of three moonlit challenges and, while the cities sleep, will raise millions for charities.

Win a £250 donation

For the month of May, every donation to your Nightrider Virgin Money Giving page will count as an entry into an exclusive competition to win a £250 boost to your fundraising page!

So if you’re taking part in a fantastic Nightrider event, set up your page today and you could win a £250 donation to your charity.

For terms and conditions, see below.

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#fundraiserfriday: Jen is cycling for Alzheimers

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Jennifer Franklin has, in her words, “officially gone mad“. She has taken on the 2016 London Nightrider event which will see her cycling 60km round the capital while everyone sleeps, takingmore than 50 famous landmarks in as she does. The training will be gruelling, the event challenging, but Jennifer is doing it all for the Alzheimer’s Society – the charity which has helped her mum and dad since this disease struck her family. Jennifer is today’s #fundraiserfriday star.

On the 4th of June, Jennifer will pedal off into the night with her brother, Paul, starting from lee Valley VeloPark and cycling 60km round central London. Although she says she’ll be kept going by the promise of “a medal and a cooked breakfast“, what will really keep her pedals turning will be the thought of her dad.

Jennifer’s dad, George

“My motivation is my Dad, George – he’s 73 and has vascular dementia and I hate it. I’m devastated. He’s often the last thing I think about before I go to sleep at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up. The Dad I once knew has been replaced by my new Dad. I miss my old Dad but I love the new one just as much – if not more. He has this innocence about him. I work with young children and my Dad, at times, behaves in a very similar way. How can a man who once ran a finance company not be unable to tell you what he wants for lunch without pointing to it, count money, make a cup of tea, or even know how to put his jumper on the right way? My Mum has to live with this, day in and day out. She puts on a brave face but really she’s just a normal loving wife, doing the best she can for the man she loves.”

The Alzheimer’s Society

“Dad (and Mum) have now started using resources provided by Alzheimer’s Society and I’d like to give something back. I’m hoping to raise £2000. They are the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, there for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and they invest in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it. They also campaign to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it’s taken seriously and acted on by our governments.”

How you can help

You can support Jennifer by donating to her Virgin Money Giving page or, if you want to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society, you can set up your own fundraising page.

Nightrider: 2016 routes announced


We are proud to be the official fundraising partner of the Nightrider events. The one day bike ride with a difference – it’s at night!

The London cycle takes in over 50 of the city’s famous landmarks. Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to see the capital like you’ve never seen it before.

But that’s not all! This year, London won’t be the only city where you can experience this amazing event. Bristol and Liverpool now each have a Nightrider event of their very own.

Over three weekends, thousands of lycra-clad cyclists will embark on one of three moonlit challenges and, while the cities sleep, will raise millions for charities.

Nightrider have announced the official 100km and 60km routes for the 2016 London event, as well as Bristol and Liverpool. Highlights across the three events include Hampstead Heath, Abbey Road Studios, Westminster and Big Ben, the Mall and Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the O2, Queensway Tunnel, Albert Docks, Echo Arena, Penny Lane, Aintree, Goodison Park, Anfield, the River Avon, Clifton College and Bristol Zoo – with all landmarks likely to be the most quiet you’venightrider hoodie ever seen them!

Sign up to the event today for this unique and breathtaking challenge, then head on over to Virgin Money Giving to set up your fundraising page. If you raise £100 to your page by Easter Sunday, you could receive an exclusive Nightrider hoodie!

Win an exclusive Nightrider hoodie prize draw terms and conditions

  1. Entry to the “Nightrider get £100 on your page by Easter Sunday to win an exclusive Nightrider hoodie” (“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 and have received at least £100.00 to their page within the prize draw period.
  2. The Prize Draw will open at 9am on 25 February 2016 and will close at midnight on 27 March 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 an exclusive Nightrider hoodie. 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, Nightrider Hoodie 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.

New Year, New Challenge

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‘Tis the season of New Year’s Resolutions, of promises to get fit and of new challenges. We all know that the best way to ensure you stick to a plan is to set yourself a goal, so why not take the bull by the horns and sign up to an event?


Gym memberships and equipment can be pricey but all you really need to get fit for the New Year is a pair of running shoes. Taking up running could be a really easy way to kick start your 2016, and there are some fantastic events you could sign up to in order to set yourself a goal:


adidas Silverstone Half
A half marathon on the iconic, world-famous Silverstone race course.


Vitality Reading Half
A flat and fast half marathon route through Reading.

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Vitality Bath Half Marathon
One of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK.

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London to Cardiff 24 Hour Team Relay
The UK’s longest point-to-point, non-stop running relay challenge.


There are few better ways to have a feeling of freedom than jumping on your bike and cycling off, whether it’s on a road or down a mountain. There are all sorts of cycling events that you could sign up for to give you that boost this January.

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A night time cycling challenge through London, Bristol or Liverpool.

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London Duathlon
A run-bike-run event racing through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park.

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London Revolution
The largest multi-day sportive in the UK.

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An annual two-day festival of cycling.

Richard is Shaun the Sheep

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Nine-year-old Daniel, from Farsley, thought that his father Richard’s mammoth charity cycle ride needed a little boost, and so has urged his dad to undertake the challenge dressed as Shaun the Sheep. As the first baby in Leeds to be diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy, Daniel has received support throughout his life from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and now his dad is supporting them in return via his 800km cycle ride.

Richard is taking part in Nightrider™ – an incredibly unique 100km overnight ride through the streets of London. Not content with just the 100km, Richard will also cycle there and back from Leeds clocking up an impressive 800km in total.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They point out “Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the startDeaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

Richard’s challenge is even more impressive given he is not a seasoned cyclist.  He says:  “The challenge is very tough and even more so when you consider I’ve only been riding a road bike for a year and maybe a few months before that commuting on a mountain bike.  Prior to cycling, I’ve never done anything athletic and do get asthma”. 

He has these words of encouragement for anyone else thinking of taking part in Nightrider™: “If you’re worried about the distance, you will be amazed at what you can achieve if you just try it.  I used to think that 10 miles was a long way….a few months after that I was doing 30 miles then a few months after that I did my first 100 mile ride”.

Nightrider™ takes place on 6th and 7th June 2015.  While the capital sleeps, over 4,000 cyclists will ride through the night and raise £2 million for hundreds of charities. Highlights of the event include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House and the London Eye.

You can find more information on Nightrider™here.

Richard is hoping to raise £4000 from his 800km Leeds to London and Nightrider™ challenge and you can support him via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Register for Nightrider 2015 and you could get 20% off!

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Did you take part in the Nightrider 2014 event? Did you love it and want to secure your place as soon as possible for next year? Here’s your chance!

Registration is now open for Nightrider 2015 which takes places on 6 / 7 June next year. Enjoy the sights of London and cycle 100km through the night. There are two start points, Alexandra Palace in North London or Crystal Palace in the south with a circular route through the city. You will encounter London’s most famous streets and buildings: Tower Bridge, a deserted City of London, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Olympic Park and many more. The route will be clearly sign-posted so you can cycle at your own pace. Full support and back up will be provided throughout the night.

You can enter here to ensure you get your place early. Plus, for a limited time only the first 100 people to register will receive 20% off the full event cost, which is a great saving.

To claim the discount just enter this code when registering: NIGHTRIDER20.

Once you’ve secured your place, don’t forget to set up your fundraising page early and get those donations rolling in.



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