You can help to blow Gift Aid windfall hospice’s way

St Barnabas staff and volunteers celebrate the start of the new initiative.
St Barnabas staff and volunteers celebrate the start of the new initiative.

LINCOLNSHIRE’S St Barnabas Hospice is planning new initiatives to improve patient care – thanks to the taxman.

The hospice is eyeing a potential £80,000 windfall from HM Revenue and Customs this year – but only with help from the local community.

That is because from the beginning of this month, every item donated for sale through the charity’s network of 23 shops across the county has the potential to earn Gift Aid.

This means that for every £1 raised from a sale, St Barnabas can claim back an extra 25 pence from the taxman. And it will not cost donors a penny as all UK taxpayers have to do is register their sale items for Gift Aid by completing a simple form.

“We are determined to make every pound go as far as possible in helping patients and their carers,” said Phil Brandon, who manages the charity’s shops.

“We have always encouraged people to sign up to Gift Aid when making a cash donation, so it seemed a natural step for us to extend this opportunity to those who give to our shops.

“Shops are at the forefront of our fund-raising activities, generating a profit of around £400,000 each year to be ploughed into St Barnabas’ activities.

“It doesn’t matter what is being donated – books, clothing, furniture or ornaments. But it will make a real difference to the work we do and help us to expand and improve our services.”

Mr Brandon said the charity has set itself a take-up target of 20 per cent in its inaugural year – this could generate between £70,000 and £80,000 cashback from the taxman.

The charity has nine shops in Lincoln and two in Skegness, as well as stores in Mablethorpe, Alford, Louth, Horncastle, Boston, Spalding, Bourne, Grantham, Spilsby, Gainsborough, Sleaford, and Ruskington.