Charitable Donations on the occasion of Eid

Eid ul Adha is associated with the charitable act of feeding the needy. Muslims donating to charities that arrange for the Qurbani in areas of hunger may do so using Postal Orders. This year the Post Office Ltd is working in conjunction with The Giving Campaign to promote the use of Gift Aid on charitable donations.

A new range of Postal Orders, including a Gift Postal Order range, launched by the Post Office could release up to an additional £5.6million for UK charities. The new Postal Orders incorporate a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid allows registered charities to claim an extra 28% from the Inland Revenue over the face value of each Postal Order. For example, a £10 postal order is worth £12.80 to a charity.

Charity donations by Postal Order total an estimated £20million a year and in developing this initiative, Post Office Ltd worked closely with The Giving Campaign – the independent body established to increase the amount of money given to UK charities - and the Inland Revenue to clarify and simplify the process for charities to claim the 28% tax relief.

David Mills, Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd, said, “Postal Orders are already a well-established channel for charitable giving, and are recognised as an easy and safe way for people to send money to their charity of choice.

“With our new range of Postal Orders, we offer UK charities an opportunity to maximise donations – and, along with The Giving Campaign, we encourage charities to alert their donors to the convenience and financial benefits of completing the Gift Aid declaration when giving with a Postal Order “.

Postal Orders are an economical and convenient way to send money without the need for a bank account. Postal Orders are also an ideal payment method for mail order or Internet shopping and provide a safe means to gift money to friends and family.

Notes to Editors:
About The Giving Campaign The Giving Campaign is an independent, national campaign supported by the Voluntary Sector and the Government. It has been established to increase the amount of money given to UK charities; and, in the long term, to encourage a culture of giving where it is thought natural for everyone able to do so to give money and time to improve the quality of life for others.

About Gift Aid
Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, the charity you are supporting will receive an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue. This means that a £10 Gift Aid donation, is worth £12.80 to the charity - imagine what a difference that could make to the charity you support.

About Post Office/Postal Orders
The Post Office® and the Post Office symbol are registered trademarks of Post Office Ltd in the UK and other countries.

Gift Postal Orders can be bought in denominations of £5, £10 and £20. Standard Postal Orders can be bought in denominations of 50p, £1- £10, £15 and £20.

Only UK tax-payers can make a Gift Aid declaration. Only UK registered charities can benefit from Gift Aid.

British Postal Orders can be cashed in 47 countries worldwide and many countries also sell British Postal Orders.

Postal Orders are exclusive to the Post Office® - the first Postal Order was issued on 1st January 1881, in ten denominations from one shilling to 20 shillings, on hand made paper.

In 1914 Postal Orders were made legal tender during World War I to stop people hoarding gold and silver coins and to save paper and labour. This Act was repeated again in 1939 at the start of World War II.

The Post Office sells over £300m worth of Postal Orders per annum.

The launch of the special Gift Postal Order is the latest innovation in the "rebirth" of Postal Orders, building on the recent commemorative Postal Order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation - the first commemorative Postal Order since George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935.

To find out where your nearest Post Office branch is call 08457 22 33 44.