Global donations to charity through PayPal grow to £6bn

And the latest figures show that £800m was donated this way around the world during the holiday season, defined as lasting from 27 November to 1 January

Global donations made to charity through the payments provider PayPal grew by 11 per cent to about £6bn last year, new figures show.

PayPal said that over the "holiday season", which it defined as between 27 November and 1 January, eight million PayPal users in 181 countries donated a record amount of more than £800m to 282,053 charities.

A website listing how much has been donated to charity through PayPal shows that about £38.4m had been donated in the UK over the holiday season.

This puts the UK third on the list of countries that gave the most, about £1.7m behind Canada in second place but a long way behind the US, where about £652m was donated over the holiday period.

But the amount donated in the UK came from 1.1 million donors, compared with slightly more than 400,000 in Canada. More than 5.2 million donations were made in the US.

PayPal was unable to provide any comparative figures for the UK relating to 2015.

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