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Gift Aid explained

Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme administered by the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which allows us to claim 25p for every £1 that you donate. So, for example, if you donate £20 we can claim an extra £5, making your gift worth £25.

You simply need to have paid or will pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax that is at least equal to the tax that Children's Hospice South West and other charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs you donate to will reclaim on your donations in a tax year.

If you already donate to us and want to check that you are gift aiding your donations then please call us on 01271 325 270 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm).

Gift Aid on your donated items at our charity shops

You can opt in to a separate Gift Aid scheme when you donate items to our charity shops too. This lets us collect 25% more whenever we sell something that you donated. For more information on donating items to your local shop, visit our Donate to our shops page.

Gift Aid your donation

Signing up to Gift Aid means that for every £1 Children's Hospice South West raises from the sale of your goods, we can claim a further 25p from HM Revenue and Customs.

More information

The Gift Aid guidelines require a Gift Aid Declaration Form to be completed. Gift Aid Declaration forms should include the following:

  • The name of our charity (which our form includes).
  • The full name and home address of the person making the donation, including their postcode. Donations cannot be made jointly.
  • A statement that the individual pays an amount of income and/or capital gains tax that is at least equivalent to the tax that Children's Hospice South West will claim from HM Revenue and Customs (this is already on our standard form) and that the person wants his or her donations to be treated as Gift Aid donations. It gives us the data we need to be able to claim Gift Aid on a donation.

If you donate online, ticking the Gift Aid box is the same as completing a Gift Aid Declaration Form.

Read our Gift Aid FAQs