It's been a while since I was involved in the Golden Bond scheme so forgive me if this doesn't answer your problem, but could you look at other cancer charities as an alternative/back-up, e.g. Macmillan?
Incidentally I was lucky enough to get in via the ballot first time (2007) and ended up raising money for Cancer Research anyway, which is just as well because they rejected my original GB application, even though I pledged to raise £3,000. As it was I raised well over £3,000 - if it's a charity which means something to you and people see what you're doing to raise funds (i.e. running a bloody marathon) you might be surprised how much you can raise.
I too pledged to raise £5000 for Cancer Research and still might if I get in throught the ballot. I have always run for their charity as it's one that's very close to me. I think that it would be hard to raise as much running for smaller charities that many people haven't heard of as they wouldn't be so generous in their sponsorship (my thoughts anyway). I'm just going to keep trying until my guaranteed entry comes about in 2012 (as long as Virgin haven't lost Flora's old system!!).
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