Sue Ryder supports a temporary increase in the level of Gift Aid

Sue Ryder has joined with other charities in calling on the government to introduce a temporary increase in the level of Gift Aid on donations to help fund its palliative, bereavement and neurological support.

A customer signing up to Gift Aid

Martin Wildsmith (Director of Retail & Ecommerce) and Caroline Graham (Director of Fundraising) said:

"Before the Coronavirus struck, statutory funding only covered approximately one third of the costs involved in running our end of life care services. We bridged that gap with fundraising efforts and the income from our 450 shops nationwide.

"However, with fundraising events cancelled for the rest of this year and no clear indication on how long it will take for the shops to return to normal trading, we anticipate a funding gap of up to £2 million per month from July onwards.

"An increase in Gift Aid would help close our funding shortfall so we can provide more care to more people."