Gift Aid

Don’t forget about Gift Aid!

Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme administered by the Inland Revenue which allows us to claim 25p for every £1 that you donate. So, for example, if you donate £20 we can claim an extra £5, making your gift worth £25.

You simply need to have paid or will pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax that is at least equal to the tax that Hospiscare and other Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs you donate to will reclaim on your donations in a tax year.


How to Gift Aid your donations?

Download a Gift Aid Declaration form

Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations until you notify us that you no longer pay tax.


Find out more about Gift Aid from HMRC

If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 45%) this works out as 31p for every £1 you donate.


What we need to claim Gift Aid

  • Your full name and home address
  • A donation made from a personal bank or building society account
  • The donation must be your own money and not the proceeds of a collection.
  • For you to be paying income tax or capital gains tax which at least equals the amount Hospiscare and other charities and community amateur sports clubs will claim in the appropriate tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next).  This is currently 25p for every £1 you give.
  • Once you have become a Gift Aid donor, please let us know if you stop paying tax or if you change your name/address so that we can update our records.


Why are some donations not eligible for Gift Aid?

Donations from non-UK taxpayers are not eligible for Gift Aid.

HMRC regulations also mean that we can’t reclaim Gift Aid on a donation if the donor told us that:

  • the donation was on behalf of someone else or a group of people
  • the donation was on behalf of a company
  • the donation was made in return for goods, rights or services.


If you are taking part in an event you can boost the value of your fundraising by up to 25% if your sponsors are eligible to add Gift Aid to their donations. However, there are some simple rules which need to be followed:

  • First and foremost your sponsors must be UK taxpayers and must have paid sufficient tax to cover the Gift Aid claimed on all charitable donations made in the tax year
  • Sponsorship must be recorded on an official Hospiscare Form, which will include your name and address and the most recent Gift Aid declaration – please do not be tempted to design your own form or continuation sheets – if you need more forms please ask.
  • Sponsors must be giving their own money and not donating on behalf of others
  • They must provide their full name and home address (Business addresses are not eligible)
  • They must complete the form in their own handwriting (Printed forms or those filled out in the same handwriting are not valid for Gift Aid purposes)
  • Every year hundreds of pounds are lost by forms being filled out incorrectly so please do check what your sponsors are putting on the form!


You should take reasonable steps to ensure that those sponsoring you are aware of the restrictions on Gift Aid by following the guidance below.

We cannot claim Gift Aid on a donation that you or a close family member make towards your event sponsorship if you are taking part in an event where Hospiscare is contributing to your entry costs, as this counts as a Gift Aid benefit. A close family member is defined as your spouse or civil partner, your parents, your children and grandchildren and your siblings, as well as their spouses or civil partners.

In these circumstances, if you set up an online giving page you should tick the box that asks ‘is your charity contributing to the cost of your fundraising?’ to ensure that Gift Aid eligibility criteria are correctly set up for your event.

If you are unsure please contact us or, for further information on Gift Aid, you can go to the HMRC website at


This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

For further information on how to give Gift Aid when donating to our shops please click here.