Giffgaff puts bloggers through paces for charity


Low-cost phone carrier giffgaff had journalists and bloggers running rings around Shoreditch Park for cash late last month, but the real winners were charities, with over £1750 donated to good causes.

The Money Fit Challenge saw 30 participants, including our very own deputy ed Jo Davy, take on four laps of the East London park, including an inflatable obstacle course, to go in the running to ride a bucking bronco to win cash prizes to donate to their charity of choice.

Parkinson’s UK came away the big winner, as the recipient of a £1,000 donation from first-placed Ross McWhirter. Coming in second was fitness blogger and trainer Katie Tucker (pictured above) who donated her £500 to Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, while third-placed Rachel Shannon selected Christian relief charity Tearfund as the recipient for her £250.

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giffgaff Money Fit Challenge winners (L-R) Katie, Ross and Rachel.

Katie, who claimed the fastest time on the course with 20:36 and regularly blogs her running and fitness challenges around the UK said: “I loved the event from start to finish.”

“From being welcomed by the giffgaff money team with big smiles, taking part in the fun but challenging obstacle course, and having a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people, while raising money for charity. I’m so glad I came along and had such a great time.”

Nicola Vidal, head of commerce at giffgaff money, who also ran in the event, said: “it was great to have so many people come together and put themselves through their paces for a good cause.”

“We had some fantastic times from our fun run and even had a few first-time runners who may have caught the fitness bug thanks to our event. We’re thrilled to give people an opportunity to help make a difference with a charity donation, and it was wonderful to see people on board for a little physical fitness as well!”