Tearfund donations up by 10 per cent last year

The charity's latest accounts show donations from individuals went up from £28.5m to £31.9m in the year to 31 March

Tearfund reported a 10 per cent increase in the value of donations from individuals last year, its latest accounts show.

The Christian international development charity’s accounts for the year to 31 March 2018, published on the Companies House website last week, show donations from individuals rose from £28.5m to £31.9m.

The increase in donations could be attributed to the charity’s appeals for the east Africa food crisis and its work with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, a statement from the charity said.

Once legacies and donations from churches, trusts, companies and schools were added to the amount donated by the public, Tearfund received £46.4m in donations, according to the accounts, compared with £41.8m the previous year.

The accounts show that total income at the charity went up slightly from £72.8m to £74.9m.

Total spending at the charity also rose from £70.9m to £71.8m, according to the latest accounts.

Jane Pleace, global fundraising director at Tearfund, said: "Tearfund is working in some of the poorest and most challenging countries in the world, and the increase in our income is a credit to our supporters who want to see an end to extreme poverty.

"Due to the donations of individuals, particularly in response to humanitarian appeals such as the east Africa food crisis and the Myanmar refugee crisis in Bangladesh, individual giving increased in 2018 by nearly 10 per cent to £31.9m.

"Individual support is vital to enable Tearfund to continue to make a real difference to communities around the world, helping them to overcome the worst effects of poverty and disaster."

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