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We think banking should be about more than just interest rates and statements.

We want to use our expertise to do some good in the world – through helping charities, communities and the environment.

Virgin Money Foundation

We’re delighted to have launched the Virgin Money Foundation to help people change their communities for the better. With support from the Foundation, your local vision and drive can transform lives and re-energise your area.

More about the Virgin Money Foundation

We know there are many enterprising people out there doing great things to transform the places they live in and love. We've been inspired by some of the work already underway in communities, making a long lasting difference to people's lives.

The Virgin Money Foundation will work together with the vision and drive of local people to help transform lives and re-energise communities.

Launched in 2015 and with a national ambition, the Foundation’s initial focus is on the North East of England. The first funding programme is the North East Fund. As the Foundation grows it will be rolling out across the UK.

For more information, visit the Virgin Money Foundation website 

Virgin Money London Marathon

We’re proud sponsors of the Virgin Money London Marathon – the world’s biggest single day annual fundraising event – with over £300 million raised by runners for good causes in the last 6 years.

More about the Virgin Money London Marathon

It’s an honour to be linked to such an iconic event, but we didn’t want to just paint the city red. We like to sponsor events we can bring real value to somehow. So we did a lot of research around the Marathon and all that’s linked to it – including the communities of runners, fundraisers and charities that make it so special.

Since the first race in 1981, runners have raised an astonishing £770million* for good causes. In fact, the Marathon is the largest annual one day fund raising event in the world. A lot of money is raised through online donation sites, who naturally charge for the service they provide.

We thought we could put our expertise with money and our financial systems to good use, and come up with an alternative that’s 100% not-for-profit. So millions more £s would go where they’re needed most. Our online donation site Virgin Money Giving was born.

For more information, visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website 

*Figures correct post 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Cyclone – Festival of Cycling

Our sponsorship of the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge helps the UK’s biggest weekend cycling event take place each year – catering for all ages and abilities.

More about the Cyclone

Set up in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes and get fit, the Cyclone Festival of Cycling has something for everyone and is now recognised as one of the biggest events of its type.

Virgin Money sponsors the ‘Cyclone Challenge’ event which sees the largest number of riders come together over the weekend participating in four rides ranging from 34 - 106 miles with many of them taking on the challenge and fundraising for some fantastic charities.

For more information and to find out how to enter visit the Cyclone website link opens in a new window 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Street Events and Fireworks Concert

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Through our sponsorship of Fringe on the Royal Mile and Mound, we’re helping to make the Festival accessible to all.

More about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place in Scotland’s capital every August. Virgin Money is proud to sponsor two street events that are among the most exciting parts of the Festival – the Virgin Money Fringe on the Royal Mile and the Virgin Money Fringe on the Mound.

At Virgin Money we aim to make ‘everyone better off’, which makes these events the perfect partner for us as they’re open and accessible to everyone. Across 4 weeks of entertainment in 2015, Edinburgh saw:

  • 50,459 performances
  • 3,314 shows across 299 venues

We’re also proud to sponsor of the The Virgin Money Fireworks concert which brought the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival to a stunning close as the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks. More than 400,000 fireworks were launched during the concert in a display synchronised perfectly to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

Charity of the Year and Virgin Unite

We’re proud to be supporting NSPCC as our Charity of the Year, as well as working with Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group.

More about NSPCC and Unite


We’re delighted to announce that NSPCC is our new Charity of the Year for 2015-2016.

Once again, we're bringing together our two major fundraising activities – the Virgin Money London Marathon and our Charity of the Year to support NSPCC in their aim to keep children safe.

About NSPCC - ChildLine

ChildLine is a free 24/7, confidential helpline for children and young people. Whenever children need them and whatever their worry, ChildLine is there to help – on the phone and online. Children talk about things like family problems, bullying, self-harm and depression. Problems that they often feel they can’t talk to anyone else about. Some are going through the toughest times of their lives. In 2014 ChildLine held an average of 25,000 counselling sessions a week with children.

To find out more visit link opens in a new window 

The impact of our support

Because trained volunteers are so busy, they can’t speak to every child who tries to get in touch. And each call they are unable to answer could be from a child in a life-threatening situation. They want to change this. They want to speak to every child who contacts them. With our help, it’s possible.

If you would like to make a donation to support NSPCC's work please visit link opens in a new window 

Virgin Unite

We’re also focused on not just what we can raise in monetary terms, but how the many skills of Virgin staff can be put to good use.Virgin Unite is the ‘not-for-profit’ entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. Virgin Unite works with great partners around the world to develop new approaches to tough social and environmental issues.

To find out more visit link opens in a new window 

Helping the community

As well as supporting Virgin Unite, every member of staff is given a free day to allow them to get involved with work in the community. Through this, our people work with local and national projects and many take part in a wide range of fundraising - running marathons, swimathons, dragon boat racing, mountain climbing, cake baking and much more.

For more information email: email opens in a new window

Or write to:

Culture & Community Team
Virgin Money
Discovery House
Whiting Road

We also launched Make £5 Grow and are proud to support the Fiver Challenge – initiatives in schools designed to help inspire the entrepreneurs and business minds of the future. Find out more about how we’re helping people make the right choices.