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"I won a place in the Chicago Marathon through my credit card"
"I won a place in the Chicago Marathon through my credit card"

Virgin London Marathon Credit Card customer Dave Whitehead talks about the benefits of having a Virgin London Marathon Credit Card

What first attracted you to the Virgin London Marathon Credit Card?

I had already run four London Marathons, so the marathon aspect appealed to me, but mostly it was the fact that it offers at least 0.8% cashback for charity (Editor’s note: you can increase your charity donation to 1% with Gift Aid, if you’re eligible).

Through using my card for everyday spending for the last few years, and teaming it up with donations from friends and family, I‘ve raised about £5,000 for the charity Bliss, the special baby care charity.

An extra benefit of the card is that for every penny I spend on it I get Marathon Miles. Every three months Virgin Money enter Marathon Miles earners into a draw to win running-related prizes – last year I was lucky enough to win a place in the Chicago Marathon. As part of the prize my wife and I were able to enjoy a four-night break in the city.

What prompted you to choose to support the charity Bliss using your Virgin London Marathon Credit Card?

Bliss is a special charity to my wife Angela and I because our daughter Alisha was born 11 weeks prematurely weighing 1lb 4oz. Alisha was in the Blackpool Victoria Hospital special care baby unit from the day she was born until we lost her aged 33 days.

We were so impressed with the care and attention she received while in the unit that we decided to raise funds for vital equipment.

Would you recommend the Virgin London Marathon Credit Card to friends?

Absolutely. The application was simple and quick, the card is easy to use – I use it for everyd