Britons donated more than £43m to charities using the PayPal platform over the Christmas period, the company’s chief executive has announced.
Writing in a blog on the PayPal website, Dan Schulman revealed that UK donors had given $59m (£43m) between 27 November and 31 December. The donations contributed to more than $1.1bn (£810m) given to charitable organisations by the payment platform’s users across 181 countries over the holiday season, a 19 per cent increase on 2016.
Donors in the UK were the second-most generous behind donors in the US, who donated $934m (£685m).
PayPal said mobile donations had increased from 14 per cent of the whole in 2016 to 21 per cent in 2017. In the UK, 43 per cent of donations through PayPal were made by mobile devices.
The period covered includes #GivingTuesday – 28 November – when donations spiked. That day saw the second-highest level of donations during the Christmas period, bettered only by New Year’s Eve, when users contributed more than $91m (£66m) to charities.
Schulman said that although 2017 had been a "challenging" year across the globe, there were reasons to be optimistic.
"This is the first time we’ve ever crossed the $1bn threshold for holiday giving," he wrote. "Building on our record-breaking #GivingTuesday results, this truly shows the giving power, compassion, and global reach of the PayPal community.
"I am deeply motivated by the parts -– by the people all around the world giving $10, $5, maybe even less in some instances, simply because they wanted to help. Because they see what is happening and say 'we can do better’."