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Kingston Virgin Money store staff raise over £2,000 for Anthony Nolan

12 July 2013

  • Charity evening included auction, disco, fun casino and buffet as part of 5 Million Pennies Campaign
  • Over £2,000 raised for blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan
  • Over £5 million more delivered to charity since Virgin Money Giving launched compared to main competitor

Staff at the Virgin Money Store in Kingston held a Charity Evening to raise funds and awareness for the Company’s charity of the year, Anthony Nolan, who work to save the lives of people with blood cancer.

The Charity Evening, which was open to friends, family and customers of the Virgin Money Store, was held at local restaurant Casa Viva, in Surbiton. The night included a disco courtesy of local DJ Lewis Poku. The highlight of the evening was an auction which included lots from Virgin Atlantic, Amida Spa, Kensington Roof Garden and the England One Day International Cricket Team. The auction alone raised over £1,000, and over £2,000 was raised in total.

The money was raised as part of Virgin Money’s ‘5 Million Pennies’ fundraising campaign, which is part of a nationwide initiative from Virgin Money. All 75 Virgin Money Stores will be holding events for their local community to raise funds for local charities using Virgin Money Giving, the not-for-profit fundraising website at virginmoneygiving.com. Over £5 million more has reached charities since Virgin Money Giving launched due to its not for-profit-status, compared to its main competitor and over £200 million has been raised since the online fundraising service was launched in October 2009.

Dan Cobb, Store Manager at Virgin Money in Kingston said: “We decided that as part of the 5 Million Pennies Campaign we should raise funds and awareness for our Corporate Charity, Anthony Nolan. We set ourselves a target of £1,000 but achieved so much more through the generosity of those who donated lots to our auction and attended the night. It was great fun and I would like to thank my colleague Claire Sauvarin for all her hard work in helping to organise the evening. We more than doubled our target to raise over £2,000 which will help Anthony Nolan in their bid to beat blood cancer.”

Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, they use their register to match incredible individuals willing to donate their bone marrow to people in despaerate need of a transplant. In 1974, Anthony Nolan's mother, Shirley, set up the world's first bone marrow register to match donors with people who need a transplant.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia. For many, a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant is their only chance of life. In order to make a transplant, a donor must be found with a matching tissue type - but unlike blood groups, there are millions of different kinds. 1,600 people in the UK and 37,000 worldwide are currently waiting for that potentially lifesaving match.

The blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, is also the official charity of the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Virgin Money

  • Virgin Money provides savings, mortgages, credit cards, pensions, investment and protection products to over four million customers
  • Virgin Money’s business ambition is to make “everyone better off” – this philosophy underpins our approach to business as we aim to offer good value to customers, treat employees well, make a positive contribution to society and deliver a profit to our shareholders
  • Virgin Money is the official sponsor of the London Marathon, the largest one day annual fundraising event in the world. Virgin Money aims to help runners raise over £250 million over 5 years and will use its infrastructure, online capability and financial expertise to deliver that through Virgin Money Giving

About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising arm of Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient and secure
  • Virginmoneygiving.com is free for fundraisers, charges a flat registration fee of £100 + VAT for charities and a 2% fee on all donations before Gift Aid. For every £10 raised, charities receive £12.15. Virgin Money Giving charges charities the minimum fees needed to cover the running costs of the site. Any profit achieved after covering operating costs will go towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities
  • Fundraisers can personalise their fundraising pages, send out email alerts and manage their fundraising events. They can include their own content, photos and links to their page as well as customise messages for their supporters. Fundraisers can also link their page to social networking sites. Virgin Money Giving also contains fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice to fundraisers on how to raise more for charity