Stephen Lee, head of the Fundraising Support Unit at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, said: "There are still too many people unaware of the new GiftAid
The self-employed, pensioners and those without a company scheme can make tax-efficient donations to charity from their gross salary using the government's GiftAid
And if you're a UK taxpayer please GiftAid
donations, as Oxfam will receive an extra 25% from the Government."
Payments made by the "pledger" go directly into the Charities Trust Account, which adds GiftAid
where applicable and distributes the funds - less transaction charges - to the selected charity.
The IED is now able to claim GiftAid
on membership subscriptions.
More than pounds 1,800 was collected, bringing the total to cover pounds 2,400 with GiftAid
, going to Birmingham Children's Hospital Red Balloon Appeal.
"It's a hobby," says Michelle, whose stunningly vibrant painting of the Red Arrows illuminates the Giftaid
shop window in the White Rose shopping centre in Rhyl.