St Richard’s Hospice is calling for more supporters who donate clothes, books and household items to sign up for Gift Aid.
Donors are being asked to register for Gift Aid at any of the hospice’s 18 stores, enabling the charity to raise an extra 25p in the pound on any donation. Those signing up for the scheme will receive a free St Richard’s donation bag while stocks last.
St Richard’s Hospice is able to offer care to patients and their loved ones thanks to the generous support of the community. High street shops are a charity’s face within the community and offer an easy way for people to get involved with the organisation by donating their unwanted items, and purchasing second-hand goods no longer required by others.
Money raised by the sale of donated items can be boosted by Gift Aid, a government scheme which enables charities to raise extra money on the donation. Anyone that pays income tax can sign a Gift Aid declaration form, giving permission for the charity to reclaim some of the tax they have paid.
Dan Corns, Commercial Director at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We are very grateful to everyone who donates clothes, books and household items. By selling these items in our shops, we raised £114,386 extra through Gift Aid last year to help us care for patients at the end of their lives and support their families. But we know that our supporters’ donations could raise more money if they are signed up to the Gift Aid scheme. Registering donations to the hospice for Gift Aid is simple and only takes a few minutes so we hope that lots of people will pop into one of our shops and find out more.”