Looking back at an inspiring year of Giving

2016 has certainly been a busy year and for many, very much an emotional rollercoaster. It’s the time of year we all reflect on what’s been and gone, but more importantly what difference we can all make to the New Year ahead.

So, in the spirit of sharing the love, here’s some great examples of how people have collectively come together to support charities and causes that have made a tangible difference in 2016. And for all of the below, there’s still an opportunity to support the cause.

Can you do one last thing in 2016 and Support a charity or fundraising cause?

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1. The Cosmic gift appeal

The charity Cosmic ran an appeal to replace stolen gifts meant for critically ill children, which raised more than £30,000 in one day.

2. Because 1 marathon just isn’t enough

401 Marathons

The amazing Ben Smith completed 401 marathons in 401 days, smashing his £250k target and winning a sports personality of the year award.

3. Brave Bradley

The incredibly brave Bradley Lowery received 200,000 Christmas cards and presents after a public appeal, and they are almost at their target of £700k for his life-saving treatment.

4. Save the Children v Ebola

The inspiring work of Save the Children, and their continuing support of communities to build up their strength and resources has helped to overcome the devastation they’ve experienced from Ebola.

5. Tommy’s misCOURAGE

Tommy’s Book of misCOURAGE, not only provided a place of support for millions of women to share brave stories of miscarriage has but helped to raise thousands to fund vital research.

6. Giant Panda’s drop from endangered list

The awesome news that the Giant Panda is no longer an endangered species is thanks in part to the work of the WWF. But there’s always more that can be done.

WWF Fundraisers

7. Super Human Paralympic Success

Who can forget the amazing achievement of the British Paralympic team, who beat their medals total in Rio 2016. You can support our athletes through the British Paralympic Association.

With all of the amazing achievements above, we’re definitely calling 2016 a year of inspiration. But there’s still time to make a difference before the end of the year. If there’s a cause that’s close to your heart, what’s stopping you making a donation?

You can find your charity on Virgin Money Giving, and easily make a donation to them. What are you waiting for?

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