Three charities in shop Gift Aid push

Three charities will follow Sue Ryder Care's example by running campaigns to encourage shop donors to use Gift Aid.

The charity's Sign on the Line campaign aims to raise £400,000 in Gift Aid on shop donations between now and November, taking its annual Gift Aid receipt from shops to £1m (Third Sector Online, 3 September).

The British Heart Foundation and animal charity PDSA will run similar campaigns this month, and Help the Aged will do so in January. The British Heart Foundation said if a fifth of shop donors signed the forms it would raise £1m in a year.

To claim on shop sales, donors sign a declaration confirming they would like their items to be eligible for the rebate. The charity has to keep records of sales.

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