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Six-year-old asks for Virgin Money Giving donations for birthday

23 September 2013

  • Isla Trainor asked for contributions to Barnardo’s instead of gifts

A six-year-old girl has gone without presents this year in support of a charity, asking for donations via her Virgin Money Giving page instead of gifts.

Isla Trainor, from Harpenden in Hertfordshire, was inspired by recent fundraising for Barnardo’s which was carried out at her school.

Her Dad Sean explained: “When we asked her what she wanted for her birthday, Isla said she didn't want any toys and that we should give the money to Barnardo’s instead, saying, ‘They need money more than I need more toys’.

“We thought it would be good to set up a fundraising page so that parents of her friends could make a donation rather than buy a present. From a parent’s perspective we thought this would be easier than having to think about what to buy as well.

“So, a win-win and a great way to raise cash for a great charity. We are really proud parents.”

Isla, who turned six on Friday (September 20), hopes to raise at least £100. To contribute, please visit Isla’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page at

To find out more about Virgin Money Giving, visit

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  • 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.
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