Almost half the UK population gave money to charity cash collectors on the street between November and January, according to new figures from research organisation nfpSynergy.
The figure, taken from the organisation's latest Charity Awareness Monitor report, is based on a survey of 1,000 adults between 23 January and 3 February.
Forty-six per cent of respondents said they had donated to street cash collectors during the previous three months. Forty-five per cent said they had donated items to charity shops during this time, and 41 per cent said they had bought items from charity shops.
More than a quarter of respondents said they had given between £20 and £49.99 to charity during the three months.
The proportion of respondents who planned to increase their charitable giving over the next 12 months was four percentage points higher than in the previous survey in September.
The proportion of people who claimed to have donated to charity in the three-month survey period was 74 per cent, a figure the report says has not changed much compared with previous surveys, despite donations in response to the earthquake in Haiti.