Fundraising News: Charities to benefit from an alternative wedding list service

A new alternative wedding list service allows guests to donate gifts to charity instead of buying unwanted presents for couples who already have everything.

Major charities including Help the Aged, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sight Savers International and Save the Children have signed up to the service, which works in exactly the same way as a normal wedding list.

Wedding guests log on to the Alternative Wedding List website, thealternativeweddinglist.co.uk, to buy gifts worth £25-plus.

Gifts include £27 for a Sight Savers cataract operation on a Bangladeshi child, or £50 for Save the Children to buy a set of clothes for a child in Serbia.

All of the donations made go to the charities, while Gift Aid claimed from the Inland Revenue is used to fund the non-profit operation and to boost the donations to charity.

"The Alternative Wedding List is the first service of its kind," said the site's founder Andy Hickey.

The site will be launched at the Charityfair next week, to be held in Islington on 27-29 April.

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