Charitable donations in the UK have almost doubled over the past 18 months to an estimated £6.2bn, new research from BACS Payment Schemes - the company behind direct debit - shows.
However, much of the increase can be attributed to the tsunami appeal. Some 62 per cent of donors cited international aid and humanitarian causes as the recipients of their donations.
The study also showed that 84 per cent of adults in Britain gave to charity in the past 12 months. Women were more generous, giving £173 on average, compared with £142 from men. It also showed that people from the East Midlands gave the most to charity while those from the North West gave the least.