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Virgin Money staff get on their bike for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan

15 June 2013

  • Charity bike ride to be held at the Virgin Money Store in Chester
  • Staff cycling 842 miles, starting on 17th June 2013
  • Part of nationwide ‘5 Million Pennies’ campaign

Staff at the Virgin Money Store in Chester are holding a sponsored cycle to raise funds and awareness for the company’s charity of the year, Anthony Nolan, who work to save the lives of people with blood cancer.

Between Monday 17 June and Friday 28 June Store staff will be cycling the equivalent of 842 miles on static bikes, the distance from the Chester Virgin Money Store to its sister Lounges in Edinburgh, Norwich and Manchester.

The ‘5 Million Pennies’ fundraising campaign 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 using Over £5 million more has reached charities since Virgin Money Giving launched compared to its main competitor and over £150million has been raised since the online fundraising service was launched in October 2009.

Ben Morris, Store Manager at Virgin Money in Chester said: “We are delighted to be doing this bike ride to raise funds for Anthony Nolan. We look forward to welcoming our customers, their friends and family and it should be a fun way to raise funds for an excellent cause. Anthony Nolan does fantastic work, using their register to match people willing to donate bone marrow with those in desperate need of a transplant. It costs £100 to add each new donor and so we hope to raise as much money as possible.”

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

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia. For many, a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant is their only chance of life. In order to make a transplant, a donor must be found with a matching tissue type - but unlike blood groups, there are millions of different kinds. 1,600 people in the UK and 37,000 worldwide are currently waiting for that potentially lifesaving match.

The blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, is also the official charity of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

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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 to support Virgin’s sponsorship of the London Marathon. 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 plus VAT for charities, and a two per cent 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 to 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.