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Commonweallth Games 2014 athlete Lynsey Sharp in boost for charities

Lynsey Sharp running

05 June 2014

  • Virgin Money Giving announce sponsorship of Lynsey Sharp, the Team GB Athlete
  • Lynsey will compete in her home country in the women’s 800m
  • Personal experience inspires Lynsey to motivate Virgin Money Giving’s charity fundraisers everywhere

Virgin Money Giving has today announced its sponsorship of Lynsey Sharp, the Team GB 800m athlete who will compete at the Commonwealth Games 2014, in Glasgow.

Lynsey learned about the importance of charity and charitable giving through personal experience. A close university friend of hers has a daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Whilst partial treatment was available in the UK, "Bella's Benefit" was set up to raise funds to allow the child to receive the essential support and specialist treatment that is required and can only be found in the USA. Lynsey has been instrumental in promoting the cause through her own social media channels, and that is how she became acquainted with Virgin Money Giving.

Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit fundraising website from Virgin Money and whilst its charity fundraisers may not be competing for their country, they strive equally as hard to achieve their own goals in terms of raising money for good causes. This requires a lot of motivation and striking the right work-life balance. Lynsey intends to use her own experience as an athlete to help inspire fundraisers to keep striving and meet their personal goals.

Lynsey Sharp said: "Having seen first hand how important fundraising for a good cause can be, I hope I can do my little bit to help inspire Virgin Money Giving fundraisers to keep going, especially when it gets tough, and cross their own personal finish line. It will mean so much for the charities involved."

Lynsey's athletics career highlights to date include winning a silver medal at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki, which was subsequently upgraded to gold after the first placed Russian athlete was banned for doping. This earned Lynsey a place in the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games, where she performed brilliantly to qualify for the semi-finals. Not before she had also attained a Law Degree from Edinburgh Napier University at the same time as taking part in the Olympic trials.

Athletic excellence runs deep in the Sharp family. Lynsey is the daughter of the 1982 European Championships 200m silver medallist Cameron Sharp, and her mother Carol also represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1982, also in the 800m.

Fundraisers can follow Lynsey's journey by signing up to the Virgin Money Giving blog:

Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving Jo Barnett said: "We're really excited to be sponsoring Lynsey and hope we can help her in some small way to reach the very top of her sport and maybe even to glory in the Commonwealth Games 2014!"

"It’s great to have an ambassador like Lynsey to motivate our fundraisers and we hope she will inspire them to achieve their own fundraising goals. At Virgin Money Giving we’re always looking to help our fundraisers in any way we can, be it with updates from a Team GB Athlete, or launching new technology as with our recent mobile App."

To find out more about Virgin Money Giving, or to set up a fundraising page, visit

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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.
  • 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.