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Virgin Active

Virgin Active fundraising for Sparks

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Our people at Virgin Active selected Sparks as our partner charity for 2011 and 2012. During this time we have raised over £248,000 through fundraising in our clubs and offices. [/p][p]Over the 2 years, Virgin Active have managed to fully fund the research project into congenital heart defects (CHD) in newborn babies. Currently one in every 120 babies in the UK is born with CHD. Some require surgery straight after delivery; others require ongoing treatment and medication throughout their childhood – which make it difficult to live a healthy, active lifestyle.[/p][p][b]Our partnership with Sparks has now been extended and all funds will now support research into running bikes for children cerebral palsy.[/b][/p][p]Cerebral palsy is a term that refers to a set of neurological conditions that affect a child’s movement and co-ordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, which usually occurs before birth, but can happen during or soon after birth.[/p][p]Around 1 in 400 children are affected in the UK with around 1,800 new cases each year. This project aims to help improve the quality of life of children with severe cerebral palsy. [/p][p]This innovative ground breaking project aims to introduce supported running bikes to very severely disabled children with cerebral palsy in order to determine if the specially adapted bikes are a feasible and enjoyable form of weight-bearing exercise for those children with the severest disability and who would normally be unable to move independently.[/p][p]At Virgin Active, we love putting our fundraising support behind causes that improve the lives of young people in the UK. Now that we’re working with Sparks, we have the chance to make a real difference to future generations.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2012


Dec 12, 2012

Lyn Rutherford

Well done to the People Team quiz winners!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 3, 2012


Superb Spooky Spin in aid of a great cause.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2012


Great triathlon but sadly a loser in the exec challenge - must do better next year! Cheers, Matt

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2012


Well done to all at VA for completing Triathalon

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2012


Great effort all round from the Exec.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 29, 2012



Sep 27, 2012

Dom Boon

Congratulations to the other Exec Team for winning the London Triathlon challenge!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 18, 2012


This is for a great cause

£45.00 plus £11.25 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2012

Sheralynne Conlon

From Strictly Financial on behalf of Sheralynne Conlon


Feb 26, 2012


With thanks to the Milngavie club staff for saving my life!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid