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Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows registered charities to claim the basic rate tax back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on every pound donated.

This means that for every £1 you donate, we can claim back 25p, making your donation worth £1.25 at no extra cost to you.

Am I eligible?

If you are a UK taxpayer, then yes. Even if you’re not employed, you’re still eligible for Gift Aid if you are paying tax on things like a personal pension, stocks and shares, savings accounts, rental income or investment dividends.

However, you must ensure that what you pay in income and capital gains tax at least equals the amount that we will claim against your donations in that tax year.

Visit the HMRC website for a complete guide on Gift Aid eligibility.

What do I need to do?

You only need to make a Gift Aid declaration to us once. It is then valid for all gifts in the future, and for any gifts you have made to us in the four years prior to you signing.

The easiest way is to sign the Gift Aid declaration on our online donation form.  You can also make an oral declaration by calling us on +44 (0)161 275 2619.

If your circumstances change (like your address or your name) or you want to cancel your declaration, you can contact us at any time. 

Gift Aid and higher-rate taxpayers

If you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between the lower rate tax (which we claim) and the higher rate of tax (that you have paid). This means it costs you less for your gift to have more impact. Check our Gift Aid calculator above to see how this works.

You can claim this tax relief in your self-assessment tax return.