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#ReasontoRun

This year, the Virgin Money London Marathon has a very special theme. We are asking people to think about their #ReasontoRun. Hugh Brasher, the race director, explained;

We know every single runner has a unique #ReasonToRun the world’s greatest marathon. Whether it’s to set a PB, to raise money for a cause, to remember a loved one, to break a Guinness World Record, to win, to remain an Ever Present, to qualify for Great Britain or just because it’s always been a dream to run the London Marathon – the reasons are endless and we would love to hear them.”

We decided to ask some of our fundraisers to share their reasons for taking part in this amazing event. You can click on each fundraiser’s name to find out more.

Heidi fundraising for Tommy’s in memory of her son, James.

“My #ReasontoRun is my baby James and all the steps he will never take and to raise funds for Tommy’s so they can help future babies find their feet rather than their wings.”

Jonathan is fundraising for North London Hospice and Chai Cancer Care following his own battle with cancer.

“My #ReasonToRun is that following my battle with Testicular Cancer and chemotherapy, I will continue to run with fight and determination for those who can’t, whilst fundraising along the way.”

Michael is fundraising for Brain Research Trust after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour.

“Being happy to be alive and urging for more progress with brain research is my #ReasontoRun”

Nick is fundraising for Macmillan and Treetops Hospice Care.

“It’s easy to just exist when you live with long-term conditions, so my #ReasonToRun is to live, not simply exist, with persistent pain and fatigue.”

John is fundraising for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland following the sudden death of his best friend.

“My #ReasontoRun is that following a serious illness, running gave me a new lease of life – it’s great”

Peter is fundraising for The Sepsis Trust in memory of his mum.

“My #ReasontoRun is to help prevent more needless lives being taken from Sepsis so my mums life will not have been in vain”

Whatever you do, be creative

“Being happy to be alive and urging for more progress with brain research is my #ReasontoRun

One thing we’ve learned this week is that when you’re fundraising, it’s really important that your donation requests, your story and your page stand out. If they are different, if they grip your supporters, you interest people and interested people make donations. If there’s anything you can do to really bump up your donations, it’s to captivate people with your creativity.

This week, we spoke to fundraiser Michael Nollet. He’s raised over £3500 so far for Brain Research Trust, who research neurological conditions such as brain tumours and Alzheimer’s Disease. We believe his fundraising has been successful because of how he shares his story on his blog.

Be unique

One way to grab people’s attention is to share your story your own way. Give it your own personality, and if you can, add photos to help people visualise it. Michael’s story worksMichael Nolet - Early 2006 well because he presents it not only in a blog, but in a comic strip that’s easily digestible, quirky and gets his point across.

Have fun with it

Don’t be afraid to share the positives of your story; the moments that kept you going, or made you smile and step back for a minute. Michael does this by taking one of his most vulnerable moments after his surgery, and turning it into something funny. It’s okay to laugh; if anything, it helps people connect with you.

Give people a reason to explore

Michael says, “Design a site people can surf around a bit with. Better they feel there’s more to explore – so long as it’s interesting – than that they’ve seen it all on first visit.” He does this by having separate tabs to help guide people to the content they want to read: ‘My Story’, ‘My Blogs’, ‘Gratitude’ and ‘DONATE’.

Find a thread

Michael says, “Create an excuse to keep blogging – whether it be milestones in your fundraising or simply a mile per blog.” This way your blogs are connected so people know what to expect, and they’re more likely to come back to read again and, with any luck, sponsor again. This way they can follow your whole journey.

Mix it up

“Keep your blog content varied; repeating the same sort of stories gets predictable which could mean people will stop following your blogs,” Michael tells us. His blogs vary from sharing his own experiences of having a brain tumour, to how the research can help so many different causes. It never feels like the same story, there’s always something new, a different angle, something fresh.

Keep it up

Michael says, “Get ready for an initial burst in sponsorship followed by a big drop off. Each blog’s worth lots of potential sponsorship, so work hard at them all.’ So if you make sure to post regularly, you can maintain people’s interest and keep the donations coming in. People can’t forget about you if you keep them in the loop. At the same time, each blog needs to have a purpose – post every day and you might lose people’s interest.

Share photos, not just links

Michael says, “Don’t just post links to your blog on Facebook – add photos.” This way your blog can reach more people, and also catch more people’s attention.

Help them understand

If your supporters can really understand what happened, they can understand your motivation. Michael lets his supporters into his memories, so they can really feel how he felt when he had a seizure. It’s the difference between just telling them what happened, and helping them feel as if it happened to them.

60 seconds. Thousands of aggressive, electrical charges force my fingers to move in random directions.  Someone else is in control – I’m a passenger in my own body. I want whatever’s taken over to stop. But the waves keep coming. If only I could stop this invasion

Give it some perspective

Michael shares how one of his friends – who also had a brain tumour – said “I have the MRI scans at home… and I have one framed on the wall. When I am having a really bad day I look at the scan and think if I’ve dealt with that – then it doesn’t seem as bad.” With his Michael Nolet - Stitched Upown scan in the blog, it shows the reality of his situation and helps you to really appreciate the everyday moments, and why his fundraising is so important.

Bring it back to fundraising

Michael often writes about his cause as a way to connect to his fundraising, like this excerpt from his blog:

“The good news is that the average brain generates around 50,000 thoughts per day. However, the bad news according to scientists is that disturbingly 70% of these thoughts in most people are apparently negative!

So with a cheeky smile, and in the words of my friend Tom Burmester, I say to you: Do something good! Sponsor Mike.”

Not got a lot of time?

Don’t worry, you can still take a few pointers from Michael. If your event is coming up soon, you could create a photo based blog with shorter written text, or you could write about the countdown itself, or maybe even as a way to let people know what’s going on in the run up to the day, and how things went on the day itself. You can put as much or as little into it as you like, but whatever you do say, don’t be afraid to be yourself with it.

Have you found a creative way to share your fundraising story? Share it with us on Facebook or @VMGiving

 

#fundraiserfriday: My mum will be cheering me on in spirit and in mind

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“My #ReasontoRun is to help prevent more needless lives being taken from Sepsis so my mums life will not have been in vain”

In under three months, tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of London for the biggest single day annual fundraising event in the world; the Virgin Money London Marathon. One of those people will be Peter Izard who is taking on the challenge in memory of his mother who died at the age of 50 from Sepsis.

The charity

Peter tells us that his mother died “far too young” at the age of 50. He adds

“She lead such a fulfilling life and ensured she lived it to the full. I was only 22-years-old when she passed and always wanted to ensure her memory lived on for my siblings and her future grandchildren, who she never had the chance to see.”

Over 44,000 people die from Sepsis yearly and many of those deaths are entirely preventable. The charity Peter is fundraising for, The Sepsis Trust, aims to train medical professions in spotting the signs early and thus delivering the necessary medical care to save lives.

The challenge

Peter chose the Virgin Money London Marathon for this challenge after completing the event last year and deciding to really push himself again, lowering his time while also enjoying the atmosphere on the day. He adds

“Few runners can say they have run consecutive London Marathons and I want to experience the day knowing what to expect with the benefit knowing what lies ahead”

Despite the freezing weather, Peter tells us that his training is going to plan after overcoming a tight hamstring and some blisters. Not content with the one long run, he has booked himself on two half marathons on the run up.

When asked what will keep him going during the training and the run itself, Peter says he often thinks of his Mum, the good times they had “and her wonderful personality“.

“Her belief in me as a son and her support to back me in whatever choice in life I made [will keep me going]. I know she is looking down on me now, cheering me on all the way and she will be with me on day in spirit and in mind”

How you can help

You can support Peter’s fundraising for The Sepsis Trust by donating to his fundraising page.

10 Virgin Money London Marathon places competition winners

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In October of this year, we launched a competition to give away 10 places to run the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and we are delighted today to announce the ten winners who will be storming up the Mall on the 23rd April.

A huge congratulations to:

Karen Slater
Tiago Cleto Machado
Emily Cox
Claire Wragg
Tracey Roberts
Steven Brown
Paul Brewer
Angela Parry
Karen Unger
Alannah Rohan-Wild

Don’t forget, if you’re running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon you could win one of 600 cases of wine and an exclusive VIP upgrade including accommodation and entry to an after party simply by setting up your London Marathon Virgin Money Giving page and getting a donation!

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Christmas Promotion

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Fundraisers who start earlier raise more. It’s a fact, we’ve checked.

As the official fundraising partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon, we’re thanking runners who started their fundraising early by giving every single one of them a free £20 Virgin Wines gift voucher… And the chance to win one of 600 cases of wine!

Every week until 18 December, we’re giving London Marathon fundraisers the chance to win 1 of 150 cases of wine, just for fundraising!

Each and every donation on a London Marathon fundraising page will count as an entry into the competition.

If you’re running the London Marathon, don’t miss out; get your page set up today!

Terms and conditions apply.

And don’t forget – as a London Marathon fundraiser, this isn’t your only chance to win with Virgin Money Giving…
Continue reading ‘The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Christmas Promotion’

#fundraiserfriday: Amelia took on cancer, now she takes on the marathon

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Amelia, 28, was 17 years old when she discovered a lump in her neck. It was two weeks before her 18th birthday. Her mum was a doctor and she knew of other young people who have had cancer so suggested Amelia get a scan, after which, Amelia was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 11 years on, Amelia is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the charity which helpd her through her journey, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Amelia tells us more

“When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 2 weeks before my 18th birthday my world was turned upside down. I went from a care free teenager who just wanted to go out and party with her friends every weekend to endless hospital appointments, scans, operations, needles, chemotherapy and hair loss. It goes without saying that I absolutely could not have gotten through that time without the unwavering support of my family and friends around me. But looking back on that time of my life now, 9 years on, I realise how unbelievably lucky I was to have had the involvement of Teenage Cancer Trust through my cancer journey.”

Treatment

Amelia was first placed on an adult ward but was finally treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, where she had 4 months of intense chemotherapy. As a teenager dealing with cancer, she said there was no better place for her to be. For Amelia, it was better to be around other people her own age, rather than the very old who were dying. Amelia said:

“I was surrounded by people my own age that I could relate to and the staff were incredible (the famous Sue Morgan MBE to name but one!!). Not only in their medical assistance but in their tireless support, general cheeriness and humour that you desperately need at 18 going through cancer to feel normal again. I was also very lucky during this time to have attended the Teenage Cancer Trust “Find Your Sense of Tumour” conference which was honestly one of the best weekends I have ever had! To be surrounded by hundreds of other teens in the same situation all together having a laugh and enjoying ourselves was priceless.”

Amelia made lots of friends on the unit who have since sadly passed away. 9  years on from Amelia being in remission, she has decided to give back to Teenage Cancer Trust and run the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of the charity that lies close to her heart.

Amelia says: “I have absolutely no doubt that running the London marathon will be a massive physical and mental challenge for me but I figure I took on cancer so how hard can it be in comparison?!

How you can help

You can support Amelia’s fundraising by donating to her Virgin Money Giving page.

Virgin Money London Marathon Charity Places #5

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest single fundraising event in the whole world and you could be running at the event on 24 April 2016.

There are numerous charities who have places available. So whether your aim is to finish, to finish wearing fancy dress or to achieve a Personal Best, you could be giving it your best shot this April.

Here is our fifth list of charities who still have places which we will do every week this year, along with how much you will need to raise and how to enter.

And don’t forget, once you have your place, get your fundraising page set up and you could be in with a chance of an Ultimate Marathon upgrade! We’re giving away one per month until March. Good luck!

 

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