How to donate
We now accept credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal.
If you choose to donate with Gift Aid, after completing the payment process you will be asked to print out and fill in a Gift Aid form, which should be sent to the address on the form.
To donate using a card, click on a Donate button. If you pay UK tax, by donating with Gift Aid the UK Government adds a further 25% to your donation, at no cost to you
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Tip: To use a Credit or Debit Card rather than PayPal, look for the 'Continue' link as shown here:
If you prefer, donations can still be made through Localgiving.com, which accepts single donations and regular direct debits on our behalf. Look out for regular opportunities for matchfunding, such as Grow Your Tenner, on Localgiving.com.
And, of course, we welcome cheques, made out to Wey & Arun Canal Trust and sent to: The Treasurer, Wey & Arun Canal Trust, Bridge End, Somerswey, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8EQ
If you are a UK tax payer please remember to Gift Aid your donation, which will add 25% to the amount. See below for advice on doing this.
‘Buy’ a donation with holiday booking and other purchases
If you are planning a holiday - in this country or abroad, winter, spring, summer or autumn - take the opportunity to book your stay and travel arrangements using companies which donate to good causes via the easyfundraising website.
Buying holidays and travel can raise money for the canal restoration at no cost to you, with nearly 300 companies ready and willing to give the Canal Trust a percentage of the cost when you book.
They include Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, The Trainline, Mark Warner Holidays, Hilton Hotels, First Choice, Hertz, Ski France, Travelodge, Sovereign Luxury Travel, On The Beach, Direct Ferries, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Secret Deals, Real Family Holidays, Disneyland Paris, Boutique Camping, Cornish Cottage Holidays, Panoramic Villas and many more.
More than 2,700 top retailers are also registered to donate when you buy their goods and services through easyfundraising.org.uk – from AA Insurance to Zavvi via John Lewis and M&S.
Make your purchases via the website and a cash reward will be sent to the Canal Trust, with the potential of thousands of pounds being received each year.
Simply register at easyfundraising.org.uk, search for what you want to buy and follow the instructions.
Leaving a legacy to the Canal Trust
The Trust has benefited tremendously from money left to it in wills by generous members and supporters. It's not only the rich and famous who leave money to charity, as legacies of all sizes are the foundation for many UK good causes. If you have already made a will and would like to add the Trust as a beneficiary, a simple codicil (amendment) can be added = the Trust has a form you can use, (sample here). If you need a solicitor to help with this you can find one through lawsociety.org.uk. There is free advice for making a will at moneysavingexpert.com - search for "wills".
Advice and guidance on legacies for charities is available at rememberacharity.org.uk. Registered in England No. 1094232. Registered Charity No. CC265331
Make sure you make the most of Gift Aid
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust benefits significantly from the Government’s Gift Aid scheme adding 25% to donations and subscriptions from UK tax payers. This allows charities to reclaim income tax on gifts – turning £10 into £12.50 at the basic rate. Higher-rate tax payers can attract additional benefits. You do not necessarily have to be working to have your donation topped up, as tax deducted at source from savings interest, tax on state and other pensions, tax on investment or rental income (including tax credits on UK dividends) and Capital Gains Tax also qualify.
If you are a member who is covered by Gift Aid but have not yet registered, please download a declaration form (click here). Print it out, fill in your details and send it to the Membership Secretary at the Trust’s Loxwood office. The Trust can also receive Gift Aid on items donated to be sold on its behalf, on eBay or at auction for example. We will claim on the amount WACT receives for the item. A special agreement form is required for this (click here to download). All future donations of goods will be covered once you have returned it to the Trust. We will contact you after the sale to inform you how much your donation was sold for and confirm that you are happy with the money going to the Trust. More information on Gift Aid, including how it affects higher-rate tax payers, is available at hmrc.gov.uk.