Tsunami appeals 'will not affect generosity of older people'

Graham Willgoss

Donations to the tsunami appeal will not limit older people's generosity toward other charities, a survey by Age Concern Research Services has found.

Nine out of 10 people over the age of 50 said that their contributions to relief funds for the Asian disaster would not affect what they give to other aid organisations this year.

ACRS research manager Diana Figgett said: "The over-50s are committed to doing whatever they can to help others, supporting causes close to home and on the other side of the world. We hope these findings give comfort to all charities that donations from this age group will remain at their usual level."

Three out of four of the 500-strong survey panel had already given to the tsunami appeal. Average donations ranged between £20 and £25. Those aged over 85 were the most generous, donating an average of £50 each.

Three out of five said they donated money or time to charity regularly.

More over-60s volunteer for charity work - 30 per cent are involved in fundraising activities, compared with 15 per cent of those aged 50-59, who are more likely to claim they do not have any time for charity work.

Figgett added: "The challenge for the future appears to be how to harness the charity of a younger generation."

ACRS launched the panel last month and aims to recruit 10,000 people to it, so that it is as representative as possible of the UK's over-50 population.

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