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Virgin Money store colleagues take on 220 mile charity challenge for Cancer Research UK

7 June 2013

  • Charity events to be held at Virgin Money Derby Store on 11 & 12 June

Staff at the Virgin Money Store in Derby will be taking on a two day cycling and rowing challenge as well as holding beauty days throughout June to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The Virgin Money Store team of 4 people will be jumping on a static exercise bike to cycle 200 miles – the equivalent of cycling from Derby to Dover - and then rowing the distance of the English Channel, approximately 20 miles. The exercise bike and rowing machine have been loaned by the nearby Virgin Active gym.

Throughout June, customers will also be able to take advantage of a qualified beautician in the Store. On offer will be a selection of beauty treatments including facials, manicures and makeovers in return for donations to Cancer Research UK.

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.

Wayne Athey, Store Manager at Virgin Money in Derby said: “We are excited, if a little nervous about taking on the cycling and rowing challenge. 220 miles is a long way. We are also looking forward to welcoming our customers, their friends and families into our store throughout June for the beauty therapy event. Both days will be a fun way to raise funds for an excellent cause. Cancer Research UK does fantastic work and we hope to raise as much as possible.”,

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

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.

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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