Virgin Money Giving, Key Travel and Virgin Atlantic team up to offer fundraiser discount

Howard Lake | 27 June 2011 | News

Virgin Money Giving, the not-for-profit fundraising website (, has announced a partnership with Virgin Atlantic and charity travel specialists Key Travel to offer special discount fares to fundraisers taking part in fundraising challenges overseas.
Fundraisers taking part in events such as the New York or Chicago Marathons or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be able to get exclusive fares on their air travel for themselves and up to three other people.
Virgin Atlantic is offering the exclusive fares through its partner Key Travel. To obtain these special fares, fundraisers must fill in a Key Travel enquiry form at: Key Travel will then contact fundraisers with a quote on Virgin Atlantic flights, offering the best fare to suit their plans.
Ticket holders are also able to change or cancel their flights. They are given an allowance of two pieces of free baggage plus an item of sports equipment at no extra charge.
Each return ticket is valid for 12 months, so participants and their supporters can enjoy an extended stay after their fundraising event, or relax after their challenge. The fundraiser can also make up to two bookings in each 12 month period.
Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving, says: “Overseas fundraising events have gained in popularity over the past decade and we are really pleased to be able to help those setting out to raise money for charity by taking on these extraordinary challenges.
“By offering such great discounts we hope that more people will be tempted to fundraise, and look at new and exciting ways to do so. There has been a real growth in overseas events, with a seven per cent increase in finisher numbers in US marathons alone, and more and more people are keen to challenge themselves and raise money for good causes.”
Steve Summers, Chief Executive Officer at Key Travel, says: “We couldn’t be more delighted to be involved in such a positive scheme with Virgin Atlantic Airlines and Virgin Money Giving.
“For 30 years Key Travel has committed itself to supporting charities, bringing their dedication and hard work to life through tailor made travel services. This exciting partnership enables us not only to extend the service we are able to offer to charities and their employees, but now also the fundraising public.
“We are delighted to be able to support fundraisers get the most out of their challenges and to the ultimate benefit of their chosen charities.”
To be eligible fundraisers must be a UK resident, aged 18 or over, and taking part in a fundraising event overseas.
Key Travel will donate £5 to the fundraisers’ Virgin Money Giving page once tickets are booked and the final payment made.
For every £10 donated on Virgin Money Giving £12.15 makes its way to the charity, assuming Gift Aid donors are UK taxpayers.

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