Throughout last year, I steadily sorted through cupboards sifting out things we didn't use or need any more. I took lots of things to different charity shops for them to sell on and you may remember me mentioning that the lady who was working in the R.S.P.C.A. charity shop had asked me if I wanted to Gift Aid the particular donation which I took there.
It rather took me by surprise, I always tick the Gift Aid box when giving a monetary donation but I didn't realise you could do it when taking in unwanted items for them to sell. It's the only time a charity shop has ever asked if I want to Gift Aid my donation. Apparently, they can claim Gift Aid on the amount that the items sell for.
In December, I received a letter from the R.S.P.C.A. letting me know that my donated items raised £20.91 for the charity and that by claiming the extra Gift Aid, they'll raise a further 25%.
This letter about Gift Aid has to be sent as a requirement of the HMRC but I think it's great to find out how much the donation has raised.
I'm quite sad that I've never been asked if I'd like to Gift Aid my donations by any other charity shop, I've donated so many unwanted things to lots of different charity shops this year, they surely must be missing out on a lot of revenue by not claiming Gift Aid.
The sort out continues here, I've got another pile of things to take to a charity shop and I'm inclined to use the R.S.P.C.A. as I know they'll make the donation go further by claiming Gift Aid on the amount it raises. I wonder if anyone else has come across other charity shops which use this scheme.