Counting down to the London Olympics

The team here at Give as you Live HQ are very excited about the start of the London 2012 Olympics. Events began on Wednesday with the ladies football; there was men’s football yesterday, and today archery at Lord’s cricket ground, followed by the official opening ceremony.

London 2012 invited everyone to join Big Ben in ‘ringing in’ the games at 8:12 this morning – did you ring a bell and take part? Even if it was your alarm clock… that still counts!

The ceremony ‘Isles of Wonder’ will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically-tuned bell. There will then be a procession, several performances, speeches and much more. The big finale is the entrance of the Olympic flame, signalling the start of the games.

Give as you live with the games

The ceremony is showing this evening at 9pm on BBC1, with the build-up showing before hand from 7pm.

Are you off to any Olympic events over the next few weeks? Remember if you haven’t sorted out your travel and accommodation yet, you can book it online via Give as you Live and raise funds for your favourite charity at the same time.

We’ve got loads of train booking websites on board: South West Trains, Virgin Trains and Trainline are just a few of them. (And Virgin Trains are currently offering discounts on group bookings.)

Booking a hotel for the Olympics

If you’re stuck for a room, book your hotel online with, or, all of which have offers runnning. There are also lots of other to choose from, listed on our website here.

Not sure what charity to choose? Get into the Olympic spirit and choose Special Olympics Great Britain. Just go to and click ‘Discover Give as you Live’ to sign up today.

For further information about being a spectator, click here. The London 2012 website tells you all you need to know about travel, venues, accessibility, tickets and much more.