The Gift Aid Scheme
The Gift Aid scheme is a brilliant way of increasing and maximising the kind donations made to the school. By signing up, it allows the school to claim back the tax that would have been paid on your donation, increasing its value by the current rate of income tax. It has been confirmed by the Diocese that we can claim gift aid on all donations, including sponsored events, own clothes day etc.
In practical terms, this means that for every £1 that is gifted we can claim an extra 25p from the government; for every £100 this becomes £125. It will not cost you any extra but will make a massive difference in boosting much needed funds to the school, which ultimately benefit all the children.
Please find attached (at the bottom of the page) a Gift Aid declaration for any parent who would like to sign up to the scheme. Only parents who pay tax can complete a form and it should be the primary contact on your child's ParentPay account as it will go against their online donations to the school.
The Giving Machine
An easy was to donate to the school for free as you shop online.
It's really simple; you go to your favourite shops online via www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and a percentage of your shopping bill is converted into a cash donation for the school at no extra cost to you. With over 2,000 stores participating, including all your favourite retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Next, Argos, Tesco, John Lewis, Sainsburys and Ocado to name a few, you really can make a difference and help the school raise funds without it costing you an extra penny.
To start, please go to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and follow these steps:
- Click join as a giver. It will ask you to search for a cause. Type in Our Lady Catholic Primary School, Hitchin in the search button and then select from the list of results.
- Click join and support and then enter your details.
- You are now signed up.
Make sure you never miss a donation and download the Shop&Give application. https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/shop-and-give/. It takes just a few minutes to install on your web browser or mobile and means that every time you click onto a retailer that supports this scheme you will get a prompt asking you to donate to our school and by clicking yes, you really do make a difference to our funds.
If you would like to donate to the school fund regularly, whether that is monthly, quarterly or yearly, please complete the Bankers Order below and return to the school office.
The money raised will be spent directly on the learning environment which will benefit all the children.