Salvation comes to those who gift aid to help charity

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A charity shop in Wellingborough has played a key part in enabling customers raise a little extra to help the homeless by using Gift Aid.

In May, Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd’s (SATCoL) charity shops in Wellingborough other in the south east (excluding London),raised an extra £4,838 of funds from sales in their shops thanks to customers agreeing to Gift Aid their donations.

However, up to a further £12,351 could have been claimed if all donations had been gift aided.

Across the area, just 28% of donations were gift aided in May.

Area manager for SATCoL, Julie Wardley, said: “If more people knew how easy it was to join the scheme, this figure could be much higher.

“That’s why the Wellingborough and Northampton stores are joining Salvation Army shops across the UK to launch a campaign in store to encourage donors to ‘Say YES to Gift Aid’.

“We’re grateful for all the donations we receive, however it really does make a big difference when our customers agree to let us claim Gift Aid on their donations,”

Julie added: “As long as you are a UK tax payer, all you need to do is complete a short declaration form at the shop.

“We then register you on our system so that each time you come back with donations they’re automatically gift aided so it couldn’t be simpler.”

Gift Aid means that charities can claim 25% or an extra 25 pence from the Government for every pound they make which can be added to total.