A charity is calling on more help from shoppers to raise money.
During May, Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd’s charity shops in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay helped raise an extra £3,423 after customers agreed to Gift Aid their donations.
But the shops could have raised a further £10,568 if all donations had been gift aided.
Area manager for SATCoL, Anthony Cummins, believes that if more people knew how easy it was to join the scheme, this figure could be much higher.
The three stories have joined Salvation Army shops across the UK to launch a campaign in store to encourage donors to ‘Say YES to Gift Aid’.
Anthony said: “We’re grateful for all the donations we receive, however it really does make a big difference when our customers agree to let us claim Gift Aid on their donations.
“As long as you are a UK tax payer, all you need to do is complete a short declaration form at the shop.
“We then register you on our system so that each time you come back with donations they’re automatically gift aided. It couldn’t be simpler!”
Gift Aid means that charities can claim an extra 25p from the Government for every pound they make. The average bag of donations to a Salvation Army shop is worth around £20, so with Gift Aid it becomes worth £25.
The Salvation Army provides homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking, a Family Tracing Service and much more.
For more information about Salvation Army Trading Company shops, visit www.salvationarmytrading.org