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Virgin Money Giving named official fundraising partner of the Brighton Marathon Weekend

6 April 2017

  • Virgin Money Giving signs three-year agreement with Grounded Events and sets £18 million fundraising target

Virgin Money Giving has signed a three-year agreement with Grounded Events to be the official fundraising partner of the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

Virgin Money Giving is the U.K's largest not-for-profit fundraising platform and will support the event, runners and charities to raise even more money for good causes.

Over the past seven years the Brighton Marathon, organised by Grounded Events, has established itself as the 2nd largest marathon in the U.K.

Picture a couple celebrating after completing a marathon

Picture: Runners celebrate crossing the finishing line at the Brighton Marathon

Virgin Money Giving's Executive Director, Jo Barnett, said: "I am delighted to announce our new partnership with the Brighton Marathon Weekend. It is a fantastic weekend of fundraising and an inspirational event. As a result of our low fees and not-for-profit status, we have helped to raise over £500 million for charities and saved them over £15 million in fees, since launching in 2009.

“The 2018 Brighton Marathon will be the biggest and best yet and Virgin Money Giving will ensure even more money is raised for good causes."

Over £35 million has been raised for charity by Brighton Marathon participants since the race began in 2010.

Virgin Money Giving will aim to build on the success of the event and seek to inspire and motivate even more fun runners to raise money for good causes.

Grounded Event’s Tom Naylor, Managing Director of Grounded Events and Event Director of the Brighton Marathon Weekend said: "Working with the team at Virgin Money Giving to make the Brighton Marathon Weekend an even stronger fundraising vehicle is an exciting development. We share the same values and we both want to use our expertise to help everyone raise as much money and awareness as possible for great causes".

Virgin Money Giving will become the official fundraising partner on 9 April, immediately after the 2017 race and when entries for the 2018 Brighton Marathon go on general sale.


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About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising website from 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.
  • More than 12,500 charities have registered with Virgin Money Giving and over £500 million has been raised for charity through the service since its launch in 2009, resulting in an estimated £16 million more raised for charity because of its not-for-profit model.
  • 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 and link their page to social networking sites. Virgin Money Giving provides fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice on how to raise more for charity. In addition to supporting individual fundraisers, Virgin Money Giving also supports Appeals, Corporate and In Memory fundraising.
  • Virgin Money Giving is the official fundraising partner of events that include the Virgin Money London Marathon, Swim Serpentine, Kiltwalk, Prudential Ride London and the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

About Brighton Marathon Weekend

  • The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK's favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country's most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year.
  • Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support, the course winds through the city streets, finishing up on the spectacular Brighton seafront
  • The marathon is just one part of the Brighton Marathon Weekend, an event that also encompasses The Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races, the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon Exhibition.
  • The Brighton Marathon Weekend was founded by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and by former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor. The event is organised by the Grounded Events Company ltd. The first running of the race took place on 18th April 2010.
  • The 2017 event will start on Sunday 9th April at 9.15am in Preston Park, Brighton.
  • Entries for the 2018 Brighton Marathon go on general sale 9th April at 2pm

For further information on The Brighton Marathon Weekend:

Fran Naylor
Tel: 01273 201260