£2 pays for a headscarf set, helping to boost the confidence of a woman who has lost her hair as a result of her breast cancer treatment.
£52 pays for a personal appointment with our HeadStrong service to help women cope with the distress of hair loss from cancer treatment.
£132 pays to connect someone going through breast cancer with a trained volunteer who has had a similar experience to them and can provide one-to-one support and reassurance.
What we do
When: Sunday 26 April 2015 (To be confirmed)
The iconic Virgin London Marathon is a truly amazing event and offers everything you could want from a race – a high quality course, enthusiastic charity runners and an inspiring and interesting route. Family, friends, television crews and, of course, Breast Cancer Care gather to cheer on our amazing marathon runners... will you be one of them in 2015?
How to join in
We encourage everyone wanting to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 to apply in the public ballot. It will open shortly after midnight on Tuesday 22 April and will close when 125,000 applications have been received.
Last year the ballot closed before 11:30am so do enter early! Places are not guaranteed in the ballot and the results will be announced in early October. If you’re one of the lucky ones to successfully gain a place in the ballot, we’d love you to join our team. You’d receive the same first-class support and all the benefits our charity place runners receive but we wouldn’t ask for a minimum sponsorship amount, just as much as you can raise.
Our Gold Bond Charity Places
Increase your chances of being on the start line for this fantastic event by applying for a charity placeto join Team Breast Cancer Care. If successful, our entry fee is £50 and minimum sponsorship £1,750. We provide lots of top tips and support to help you raise this (and more!) as well as helping you prepare with training plans and advice. We receive many more applications than we have places so please do include as much information on your application form as possible for us to take into consideration when allocating our places.
Gold bond charity place runners
Own place runners
| Jay running the marathon
How we will support you
Reaching your fundraising target can be a challenge, but don’t worry as we have some useful tips to help you plan and coordinate your fundraising.
Check out our seasonal fundraising ideas to ensure that your fundraising is fresh and on trend.
For our 2013 runners, all sponsorship should be collected and returned to Breast Cancer Care by Monday 22 July 2013. (Date for 2014 TBC).
Remember, it’s your network of friends, family, colleagues and contacts who will support you with your training and fundraising. Keep them updated every step of the way with your Facebook profile, blog or Twitter account.
Tell them how your training is going (with pictures for added impact) and let them know how you’re getting on with your fundraising target. You can even upload pictures on the day to show everyone your progress along the route! If you follow Breast Cancer Care on Facebook and Twitter, we’ll keep you up to date with the goings-on here, and keep you on track with support and tips.
Download your very own fundraising planner to follow to ensure that your fundraising activities run as smoothly as possible.
Use this downloadable poster to promote your fundraising events.
Now you can raise sponsorship without all the hassle. No more dealing with cash and cheques, no more chasing friends after the event. Simply create a free, online fundraising page, personalise it with a photo and message, and email it to your friends, family and work colleagues. They can donate quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card. Online donations from UK taxpayers are worth almost a third more to us with Gift Aid, which can be claimed on online donations. Follow the instructions to set up your unique JustGiving page or Virgin Money Giving page.
Once you’ve created your page, email the link to friends, family, colleagues and classmates. You can even add the JustGiving application or Virgin Money Giving page to your Facebook page to make it even easier for your friends to donate.
Please note: Money will only be attributed to the person who set up the online fundraising or Virgin Money Giving page, so please do not set up joint pages as we are unable to share the money between several people.
How do I pay in my sponsorship?
There are few ways in which your sponsorship money will reach us:
If you have decided to create a Justgiving fundraising page, then you do not need to do anything as all your sponsorship money will automatically be sent directly to our bank account. Please note that it can take up to four weeks to show up on your fundraising record at Breast Cancer Care.
Please send all cheques to the address below:
Breast Cancer Care Events
Don’t forget to write your name, Breast Cancer Care number and event name on the back of your cheques.
You can also pay money in directly on the Breast Cancer Care website. If you use our online paying in function then please remember to send us your sponsorship forms so that we can claim Gift Aid.
Enclosed in your welcome pack, which you will receive when you register for your event, will be your pay-in forms. You can send them to us along with your sponsorship money and sponsorship forms. Please do not send cash in the post.
Once you join Team Breast Cancer Care we will provide you with further fundraising tips and ideas!
How do I sign up?
What is the minimum fundraising total I have to raise?
Will I receive a vest to wear on the day?
When will my welcome pack arrive?
What happens on the day?
Can I collect sponsorship online?
How do I pay in my sponsorship?
How do I withdraw from the event?
All other questions
Please visit our 'About' section for information how to sign up.
If you have your own place in the race then there is no minimum sponsorship target – we just ask that you try and raise as much as you can.
If you have one of our Gold Bond guaranteed places then we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £1,750 in sponsorship.
Yes. We will send you a state of the art running vest to you in the post about a month before race day. Please remember to specify which vest size you would like when confirming your place.
We will send out your welcome pack in the post within two weeks of you signing up to join our team. While you wait for the pack to arrive, please click on the Fundraising tab (above) for some great hints and tips to get you started.
Please visit the Race day tab for all the details about what to expect on race day.
Yes. We recommend you sign up to Virgin Money Giving and follow their easy step-by-step guide to create your own online fundraising page. All money raised through your page will be automatically sent through to us and allocated to your record.
The easiest way to pay in your money online. Please note that if you choose to pay your money online via our website we will only be able to claim for Gift Aid if you send us the relevant sponsorship forms. You can also send cheques in the post to:
Breast Cancer Care Events
London SE1 0ZB
Don’t forget to write your name, Breast Cancer Care number and Event name on the back of your cheques.
If you have a guaranteed charity place - to withdraw from the event, please notify us by calling 0845 092 0804 before 17 April.
If you have an your own place - follow the instructions on the London Marathon website on how to withdraw from the event. You must complete the necessary withdraw form.