Richard Branson


Virgin Unite
Virgin Unite is the non- profit foundation of the Virgin Group. We unite people to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Our aim is to help revolutionize the way businesses, government and the social sector work together - driving business as a force for good. This is based on the belief that this is the only way we can tackle the scale and urgency of the challenges facing the world today. All of Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of additional donations received, go direct to the frontline where they are needed most.
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Run with Richard

Richard Branson

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I’m delighted Virgin is sponsoring the London Marathon - it’s an epic and inspirational event which raises a fantastic amount of money for good causes. As you may have heard, our ambition is to help the runners raise £1/4 billion for charity over the next 5 years, adding to the massive £400 million that’s already been raised since the first London Marathon in 1981.


To kick things off on marathon day, I’ll be leading a team of 100 Virgin runners—and some familiar faces you may know—26.2 gruelling miles!  The hare and the tortoise comes to mind—I’ll let you guess which one I’ll be!  


But it’s all for a great cause — we're aiming to raise as much money as possible to help vulnerable young people in the UK fulfil their potential through Virgin’s non-profit foundation, Virgin Unite.  


This is my first marathon and I’ve been trying to train as much as I can (its not been easy!) — I didn't realise your legs had so many muscles and that every one of the seemingly million of them can hurt at the same time! I now have so much respect for the tens of thousands of fundraisers who run the marathon every year — wow!  In times like these fundraising for charities is also not easy — so many people in the UK are faced with the daily challenge of making every penny count — it is an incredible testament to the generosity of the British people that they continue to support events such as the Virgin London Marathon. 


I am hoping that you’ll help me and the other Virgin runners in supporting vulnerable young people.  All of the money you donate will go straight to fantastic charities working with the most vulnerable young people in the UK such as Kids Company, The Foyer Federation, Rathbone and Youth at Risk.

And there's something in it for you too!

Win a trip to Necker!*
For every £5 you
donate to here on my Virgin Money Giving page, you’ll get a chance in a prize draw to come visit Necker Island and see all my tracks in the sand for yourself.  Click here to read the Terms and conditions.


*Please note that only residents of England, Scotland and Wales aged 18 and over are eligible for the prize draw.

So, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Wish us luck and look out for me on the finish line (I'll be the tortoise!) 

Recent donors

17.06.10 Great Effort. Well Done Richard

03.06.10 Sorry it is a bit late but huge congratulations on your achievement despite the dodgy outfit!!

30.05.10 Virgin is my favourite company!

26.05.10 What an impressive run for a great cause-- congratulations! Nice costume too! Love, Holly & Hadley

17.05.10 We wouldn't have put money on you making it to the end. Duh.... guess you just did it. An amazing effort for such an old bloke. Congratulations! Love, Peter and Meabh

16.05.10 Delighted to watch so much achievement reached Annie & Emily

14.05.10 Well done Richard! We might even have a go ourselves next year! Paul, Vik, Cole and John Moore xxx

12.05.10 Congratulations Richard very impressive. I think the kids did well too! Miles and the team at Watermark

07.05.10 Well done Richard! An amazing achievement from all of you and the event itself clearly a huge success! with love from Tim Wilf and Poppy xxx

06.05.10 35 years on, and still such stamina! Well done, Richard, with love from Caroline

05.05.10 Well done to the spring chicken x

05.05.10 Congratulations Richard! Absolutely fantastic achievement! We loved the wings. Hope you are feeling proud of yourself (and not too sore!).

05.05.10 Congratulations to the butterfly! Lots of love from Chris, Mary, Blair, Kyle, Taylor & Lia xx

05.05.10 Well done Virgin roadrunners...beep beep ! x

04.05.10 Well Done, so inspiring!

04.05.10 A worrying precedent!

04.05.10 The butterfly and the caterpillar! Well done to all of you....and Richard if you keep saying "yes" might sometimes be a tad painful! Great achievement!

04.05.10 From your very proud children xxxxxxxxxx

04.05.10 Well done Richard.

04.05.10 Congratulations on a fantastic and memorable run. Inspired me to get fitter! And well done for supporting this amazing event. And good (better) luck with F1....

03.05.10 Inspiring run for great causes, glad to pitch in with all the best wishes from all of us at Kao Design Group

02.05.10 brilliant achievement Richard lots of love all Dewars


01.05.10 A bit of a tortoise but I got here in the end. Brilliant work, extremely well done.

01.05.10 I can't believe you beat us! Fantastic achievement and a roaring success. Here's to next year! All our love Andy, Freya, Faber, Finn & Noah xxxx


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