Thursday 8th October 2020 marks Gift Aid Awareness Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of Gift Aid to the work charities do worldwide and for us, to St Ann’s.
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows a charity to reclaim tax on donations, which increases the value of your donations by 25% without you having to spend a penny more.
If you are a UK taxpayer or are paying tax on personal or occupational pension, gains on the sale of stocks and shares, bank and building society savings accounts, rental income or overseas and UK investment dividends then you will qualify for Gift Aid and all you need to do is fill in a form and then we can claim the tax back on a donation of any size, whether that is £1 or £100.
You can even add Gift Aid to items that you donate to our charity shops when you sign-up for a Gift Aid Donor Card. On average a bag of donated goods is worth £20 and with Gift Aid that takes the total to £25. This total – with the additional £5 added from Gift Aid at no extra cost to you – could pay for a complementary therapy session for a patient or carer at the hospice.
Claire Murphy, Head of Finance at St Ann’s, said:
Gift Aid is a really simple and effective way to support St Ann’s. Not only does it boost donations, it doesn’t cost the donor a penny extra. Those extra funds really do make a difference and help us reach our daily target of £20,000, which we need to raise to keep our hospice doors open for our local community. Claire Murphy, Head of Finance
Did you know?
- A donation of £10 with Gift Aid is £12.50, which could pay for TVs and WIFI for our inpatients to enjoy during their stay.
- A donation of £25 with Gift Aid is £31.25, which could pay for a bereavement session for a loved one with our specialist team.
- A donation of £40 with Gift Aid is £50.00, which could pay for a treatment session for a patient with our Lymphoedema, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitation Teams.
- A donation of £70 with Gift Aid is £87.50, which could allow us to run our ambulance for a day.
- A donation of £100 with Gift Aid is £125, which could provide a two-hour specialist rehabilitation session to aid patients with personal activities of daily living.
Gift Aid is a really simple yet effective way to boost your donations that enable our teams to continue to deliver specialist care to our patients and their loved ones when they need it most. Can you help by signing up to Gift Aid and making a donation today? Click here to make a donation.