CHARITY shops are joining Salvation Army stores across the UK to launch a campaign encouraging donors to back Gift Aid.
In May, the Salvation Army’s charity shops in Portsmouth played a part in raising an extra £4,008 of funds from shops on the south coast thanks to customers agreeing to Gift Aid donations.
But a further £11,238 could have been claimed if all donations had been gift aided.
Gift Aid means that charities can claim an extra 25 pence 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 £25.
Area manager for Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd Sally Walters 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.
‘Across all our shops the potential contribution from Gift Aid adds up to millions each year.’