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Aberdeen store shows 'granite' determination to raise funds for charity

5 June 2013

  • Virgin Money Store in Aberdeen has raised almost £2,000 for Voluntary Service Aberdeen

Staff at the Virgin Money Store in Aberdeen have been holding a series of fundraising events to raise money for Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) and are close to breaking the £2,000 mark.

The fundraising 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.

To raise funds, the Virgin Money Aberdeen Store colleagues have taken part in the Balmoral 10k run, a ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition and face painting at the VSA spring fayre. They also did a sponsored 30k cycle ride, which took them from the city’s Duthie Park to Drumoak and back again.

So far the Store has managed to raise over £1,850 and is set to smash the £2,000 mark when they take part in their latest charity event, ‘Guess the number of sweeties in the jar’. Customers will be invited to make a cash or online donation via Virgin Money Giving using the Stores iPad, to enter and correctly guess the number of sweets in the jar. The customer closest to the actual number of sweets will win the contents of the jar.

Paul Michael, Store Manager at Virgin Money in Aberdeen said: “We are delighted to be raising funds for Voluntary Service Aberdeen. We have completed some tough challenges but it has all been for an excellent cause. We are looking forward to our next event, ‘Guess the number of sweets in the jar’. We hope to break through £2,000 target and raise as much as possible to help the VSA with their fantastic work in the community”.

Based in Aberdeen, VSA is the city's major social care charity. VSA has grown since 1870 from charities that operated with Voluntary Service Aberdeen, combining them to provide even better care and value for the local community. VSA is Aberdeen's major social care charity and is the largest city social care charity in the UK. VSA’s success has been in its innovative approach to merging and bringing other local charities together to ensure that the people in Aberdeen are provided with the best of care.

The VSA are reliant on the continued support of hundreds of firms, individuals and groups across the city and shire as well as trusts and other organisations to help them raise the funds they need, nearly £17 million every year to ensure that they can continue to provide the best possible services to the most vulnerable people in the local communities around the Aberdeen area.

Paul added: “Online giving is an easy way for people to make donations to charity and people can find out more and donate at

The Virgin Money Store that raises the most money for their chosen charity will receive an additional bonus donation of £1,000 from Virgin Money to add to the funds raised.

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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 by offering good value to customers, treating employees well, making a positive contribution to society and delivering a profit to shareholders
  • Virgin Money is the official sponsor of the London Marathon, the biggest annual fundraising event in the world. Virgin Money leads the London Marathon sponsorship with the ambition to help runners raise £¼ billion 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
  • is free for fundraisers, charges a flat registration fee of £100 + VAT for charities and a 2% fee on all donations before Gift Aid, which means 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 money left over after covering operating costs will go towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities