Virgin Money Giving official launch

On Wednesday 14th October Virgin Money Giving had its official launch.

The morning began on Potters Field in London under the view of Tower Bridge. We’d set up a stage and borrowed a London Routemaster Bus to help set the scene. Following Virgin’s sponsorship of the London Marathon it seemed only right to mark the occasion by getting together and having a go at the iconic 80’s ‘Running man’ dance.

It was great that people from many different charities could join us, and we all had a lot of fun dancing around to Beardyman who provided the beat box backing track.

Sir Richard Branson joined in too, arriving with the dancers, dressed in a lion costume.

A huge thank you to Cancer Research UK, Macmillian, Save the rhino, Save the Children, Clic Sargent,Oxfam, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Care and the guys at Virgin Active and Virgin Money for being there.

Take a look at the Virgin Money Giving flickr stream for more pictures, and to see the videos visit the ‘Run with Richard YouTube channel‘.

If you’d like a chance to ‘Run with Richard’ in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon head over to his fundraising page at where there are details on how you can enter the competition.

And if running the marathon seems a little daunting why not have a go at creating a video of yourself, friends or work colleagues doing the running man dance. There’s a video showing you how to do it on the ‘Run with Richard’ YouTube channel and some great examples of people having a go. For every video uploaded Virgin Money will donate £5 to Sir Richard Branson’s marathon fundraising page.