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Have your charity campaign backed by Branson

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Virgin Money Giving are excited to be giving you an amazing opportunity to speak to millions of potential supporters this Christmas.

Your charity could have your campaign backed by Sir Richard Branson this Christmas. Entering is simple; using our Campaigns tool, create your appeal or campaign and share it with us by emailing with a short description and a link to it by the 30th November. If your charity has already made use of the Campaigns tool for an existing campaign, appeal or event supporting a charity of the year partnership and is still open for donations, these are eligible too, just send the details to us.

If you win, the Virgin Founder will tweet about your charity and campaign to his millions of followers and you will be featured on! With more than 25 million followers on social media, the support of Sir Richard could make a massive difference to your charity.

Our Campaigns tool

Virgin Money Giving Campaigns is a flexible tool that lets you set up bespoke fundraising pages to support your campaigns. Whether that’s an event you’re running, an appeal you’re launching, or simply to support the fundraising you’re doing with a corporate partner as Charity of the Year.

Campaigns brings your charity, your fundraisers and your donors together for a specific goal and gives you much more control over the pages you create.

We’ll be shouting about you too

If having Richard Branson shouting about your campaign isn’t enough, your appeal will be boosted even further when Virgin Money and Virgin Money Giving also tweet about your campaign, offering you a chance to speak to tens of thousands more.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to boost your fundraising. If you haven’t already done so, set up your Campaign before the end of November for your chance to win Richard’s support.

Terms and conditions apply

Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012

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

Join me on my latest challenge – The Swim

Sir Richard BransonIn 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, register and commit to raise at least £100 for the charity.

To find out more and start fundraising please go to And you can also sponsor our team at

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Richard and Holly Branson cheering at the London Marathon

Richard and Holly Cheer on Marathon RunnersRichard 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.

Congratulations to all 2010 Virgin London Marathon runners

A huge well done to everyone who ran the first Virgin London Marathon on Sunday!

Sir Richard Branson with Holly & Sam and the record breaking marathon running caterpillar

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Our oldest fundraiser was Cyril Trice (aged 79) who completed the marathon in a very respectable 7hrs and 2mins.
  4. The largest single donation made to a fundraising page was £20,000.
  5. 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.

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