What is Gift Aid?

When you make a donation to a charity, that charity is able to claim back the tax that you have paid on the donation. Charities don’t pay tax on most types of income, which is why the tax paid on financial gifts to charity can be claimed back.

This mechanism is called Gift Aid and amounts to an extra 25p for every £1 that you give.

How does it work?

If you give £10 to a charity and you are a basic rate taxpayer (20%), you will have paid £2.50 in tax on the gross donation (to take home £10, you will have earned £12.50 before tax). Charities are able to reclaim this £2.50 back from HMRC.

How do I sign up?

If you’re a UK taxpayer, then you can sign up to Gift Aid.

It is easy to sign up to – you just need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration form (available in all hospice shops). This is a statement from the customer to the charity confirming that they want to donate through Gift Aid and receive tax back on their donation for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Money raised through Gift Aid goes directly to helping your local hospice support and care for more people when life comes full circle. Your support helps us provide expert care and support to people when life comes full circle – people like Stanley.

Stanley attends our Day Hospice, where nurses help him manage his pain and medication, and he relaxes with complementary therapies like hand massages and Reiki. Stanley wanted to share the difference your support makes to people like him:

“St Catherine’s Hospice gives me something to look forward to. I forget about my illness, just for a while. Here, I can talk to people who truly care, and share my feelings with people who understand what I’m going through. St Catherine’s is a place to be protected and looked after.”

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