Holly Branson stresses vital need for donations

Make a Difference

The Independent has launched a new ‘Make a Difference’ campaign, and is encouraging it’s readers to support charities.

We’re really pleased to be involved with the campaign which our Patron Holly Branson introduces:

During a really difficult financial time, you could forgive the lack of enthusiasm for launching a campaign to encourage people to donate to charity. But actually, it’s a more important time than ever to support charities while things are so uncertain for everyone. Good causes can transform communities and improve people’s lives in so many ways – more than anything, they offer people hope. 

“The British public have given £9.3bn (CAF) between 2011/12 in charitable donations. 2012 has seen a 20% drop and the public have given £1.7bn less to charity than they did in 2011.*”

You can read Holly’s foreword in full and find out more of the campaign pick up a copy of today’s independent, or you can download the supplement here.

And did you know Virgin Money Giving is bucking the trend with a 26% growth in on-line donations in 2012!

*According to the Charities Aid Foundation

3 Responses to “Holly Branson stresses vital need for donations”


  1. 1 becci2013 December 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Small donations still make a big difference to charities. If 20 people donate a fiver that’s £100 collected, which people are less likely to ‘miss’ compared to just 4 people donating £25. £5 is the price of a nice selection of Christmas cards… so why not donate a fiver to your favourite charity and send Christmas messages via email and social networking websites?

  2. 2 Fred January 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Happy New Year Holly

  3. 3 Freda Davies, National Cycle Museum January 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hello ,
    Lots of people dont realise which organisations are charities- they assume some like the National Cycle Museum is government funded when it is not. The Museum is needing to raise funds. Can you help?

    Freda -job share curator


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