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Since Virgin Money launched Virgin Money Giving in 2009, over 70,000 people have used the not-for-profit fundraising website to raise money for charity.

Already, more than £75 million has been raised for good causes – and because Virgin Money Giving is run not-for-profit, an extra £2.5 million has been passed to charity compared to other fundraising websites.*

Here, a couple of Virgin Money Giving’s fundraising teams share the personal challenges they have taken on to raise money for those in need.

*Compared to JustGiving and based on the Gift Aid reclaim rate and payment types used on Virgin Money Giving.

Children run for Japan relief

8 and 12-year-old brothers Tai and Joh covered hundreds of miles

During August, brothers Tai (aged 12) and Joh Kirby (eight) achieved the enormous feat of running 265 miles to help raise money for the British Red Cross. They were inspired to run for the charity after seeing the work it had done in providing relief for families affected by March’s Tohuko earthquake in Japan.

Half Japanese and with family living in Japan, Tai and Joh shared the challenge of running the distance between Tokyo and the largest city in the Tohuko region of Sendai – which was completely destroyed following the earthquake.

The brothers ran around their London neighbourhood over several days in order to cover their mileage and raised over £1,200.

Tai recalls how his first thought was ‘this is crazy, I can’t do this!’ but enjoyed the challenge him and his brother undertook.

If you would like to sponsor Tai and Joh Kirby, you can do so via their fundraising page.

Tai and Joh running

RAAM Roses Ride to Win

Four cyclists have achieved their goal of cycling 3,000 miles in the Race Across America (RAAM). In doing so, the team – known as the RAAM Roses – have set the world’s fastest completion time for the race and raised over £23,000 for Ideas Tap and The Joe Glover Children’s Charity.

The adventure, which started in California and finished in Maryland, is considered to be one of the most challenging sporting events in the world. With a distance of 3,000 miles, the race is 30% longer than the Tour de France.

Top riders often finish in just under 10 days, cycling over 300 miles per day and sleeping for only a few hours per night. The RAAM Roses set a new world record for the four-person mixed title with their finishing time of just six days and three hours.

Cycling from California to Maryland

Alex Woods, Anna Burrows, Ollie Rastall and Tim Kingswell had committed themselves to an intense training programme over seven months in order to prepare for the race.

The Joe Glover Trust is a Hampshire-based children’s cancer charity that provides practical financial assistance to children with cancer and their families at a time of great emotional and financial hardship.

IdeasTap, meanwhile, is a UK-wide creative network and funding body for emerging arts talent. They aim to bring people together, offering cash funding opportunities and a platform to showcase new and innovative work.

If you would like to sponsor the RAAM Roses, go to their fundraising page.

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