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Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a donation to a registered charity, gift aid can be claimed by the charity.  Effectively, the Government give the basic rate tax that the donor has paid on the amount they have pledged, to the charity.

Even a smile is an act of charityFrom the year 2000 onwards there is no minimum or maximum donation value for applying gift aid.

The amount of gift aid pledged by taxpayers and not claimed by charities runs in to several million pounds.

If the donor is a 40% taxpayer, the charity will receive the basic rate tax, currently 20% and the donor can claim the remaining 20% via their Self-Assessment Tax Return.  They can therefore afford to donate more!


  1. The donor completes a Gift Aid declaration (see below) with their name, address and the date.
  2. The charity fills in a claim form and send it to HMRC.
  3. HMRC makes a payment direct to the charity for the amount of basic rate tax claimed.

Example Declaration

“I wish the enclosed donation for £xx and any future donations I make to this charity to be treated as a Gift Aid donation.  I am a UK taxpayer”


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I don’t usually publicise charity events on my blog, but EACH is such an amazing local organisation, and my fellow Business Club Cambridge member, Denise is making such a great effort to integrate in to the business community, I couldn’t resist trying to help.

The Charity

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices support families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. We provide care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in hospital or at one of our hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

They are a registered charity (no. 1069284) and this year need to raise £4 million in donations to deliver our services. This amounts to £11,000 a day, every day of the year.


The Event

EACH is holding the Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Sprowston Manor on 3rd October at Sprowston Manor, Norfolk with a Special Celebrity Guest and a host of Celebrities from Norwich City and Ipswich Town.  The 2010 Celebrity Golf Day, will be the best yet with Peter Purves, Bryan Gunn, Mike Milligan and Simon Milton already confirmed to attend.

The day will start at 10.30am with a welcome in Café Zest with bacon rolls and coffee to kick start the morning. A Celebrity photo shoot will follow and you will be escorted to your hole for a shot gun start at 12.30.

After an afternoon of fantastic stableford golf you and your team can look forward to an evenings entertainment with a Black Tie Dinner in the Norfolk Suite where you will be joined by your celebrity team mate. The evening will include the Giant Tombola, ‘Heads and Tails’ and Auctions with some fantastic prizes.

Sponsorship Packages available

There are several options available to match any business and any budget, please enquire.


Team plus Celebrity and Additional Evening Tickets – £499
Includes 1 team (3 in a team) who will be joined by a local celebrity and an additional 3 dinner spaces in the evening.

Basic team – £300  Includes 1 team of four for the golf and evening Gala dinner.

Extra dinner tickets – £35  Purchase additional evening tickets for extra evening guests.

Evening Tables (of 10) – £300 per table  Don’t play golf? You are still more than welcome to join us in the evening to entertain staff or clients or just for a fantastic night.

To reserve your place at this years Celebrity Golf Tournament and Black Tie Dinner

Please contact Karen Chesney on 01223 205192 (

A message from the Fundraising Manager at EACH

Last year we were able to help 464 local families, by delivering 75,000 hours of care and support. We are a registered charity and this year need to raise £4million in donations to continue to deliver our services.

Therefore, your support for events like this is greatly appreciated, if you can’t join us on the day but would still like to support the event then why not consider donating a prize for our auction or tombola, in return we will promote your company in the evening programme.

Even if you know people that don’t play golf but might like to come to the black-tie dinner in the evening we have tables of up to 10 (12 at a squash!) available. It is a 3 course dinner, Norfolk based band Captain Scarlett will be playing after the auctions and presentations, a close-up magician will be entertaining at the tables and the whole evening is hosted by comedian Russ Williams all for only £35 each (£300 for a table of 10). Wine is available to buy separately – I can provide a wine list for pre-ordering!

Marriott Sprowston Manor have also given our guests a reduced room rate for the evening which includes bed and full English breakfast for either £89 single room or £99 a double room. Guests will have full use of the Spa facilities as well.

Please do come and join us – it’s usually a fabulous day and night out!

Kind regards, Denise



The information provided in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences, it does not constitute advice and I do not accept responsibility for any actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this post.