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Virgin Money store in sponsored cycle for veterans' charity Erskine

13 June 2013

  • Virgin Money Glasgow Store staff cycling 95 miles for charity between 13 and 15 June 2013

Staff at the Virgin Money Store in Glasgow will be cycling 95 miles in-store, the equivalent of the West Highland Way, starting on the 13 June, to raise money for Erskine, the war veteran’s charity.

The ‘5 Million Pennies’ fundraiser is part of a nationwide initiative from Virgin Money to raise even more money through Virgin Money Giving. All 75 Virgin Money Stores will be holding events to raise funds for local charities. The store that raises the most money for their chosen charity will receive an additional bonus donation of £1,000 from Virgin Money to add to the funds raised.

Audrey Kennedy, Store Manager at Virgin Money in Glasgow said: “We are delighted to be hosting a charity bike ride to raise funds for Erskine. We look forward to welcoming our customers, their friends and family to support us in our cycling challenge. 95 miles is the equivalent of the West Highland Way, which Erskine is walking this week. It should be a fun and healthy way to raise funds for an excellent cause. Erskine does fantastic work in supporting war veterans, providing important care and support and we hope to raise as much as possible.”

Erskine was founded in 1916 with the aim of caring for Service men and women who had been injured in active service. The devastation of the First World War highlighted the fact that there were insufficient hospital facilities to care for those who were wounded in battle. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Scotland, the first Erskine Hospital, then The Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers was opened in October 1916. Of the many thousands of British veterans who were disabled in battle, one in five was treated at Erskine. Today Erskine remains committed to looking after Scotland's ex-Service and serving men and women.

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

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  • 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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