Other ways you can help
eBay for Charity
We have our own eBay for Charity page so if you are thinking of using the auction site eBay for selling any items, you can help us raise funds. Pick GAIN as your favourite charity – you can make this selection on the ‘My favourite Charities’ page in your eBay Donation Account:
List an item on eBay, choose a percentage of the sale price you wish to donate (you can donate 10% to 100% but there is a £1 minimum donation per listing). If the item sells, you will be paid and the item posted to the buyer. MissionFish collects the donation from you, claims Gift Aid on your behalf, and passes the money on to the support group (less a small deduction to cover their costs).
Don’t forget Gift Aid!
Gift Aid is one of the easiest ways to make your donation tax effective. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we will receive an extra 25p from the Government. Simply tick the Gift Aid box when you first list an item for us, provided you pay more in UK income or capital gains tax equal to the amount of tax we reclaim on your gift. MissionFish will collect the Gift Aid from the Government and pass it on to us.
Static collection boxes can be an effective and efficient form of fundraising and can help also raise awareness of the charity and conditions. We can even claim Gift Aid on the contents of all collection boxes up to £5000 under the Small Donations scheme, increasing the total by 25%!
Did you know that, as a country, we have £345 million in loose change in our homes, down the back of our sofas and in our cars? Have a dig, and see what you can unearth! You can either request a small collection box for your own use, or a larger plastic collection pot to put on a counter top in a shop, pub, workplace, etc.
If you leave a collection box in a public place, please check and empty it every few months and bank the money collected. Then transfer the funds to us (CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account name GAIN, account number 00024633, reference = box number XXXX) or send us a cheque made payable to GAIN. A collection box can be requested using our Collection Box order form.
Further advice and guidance on managing collection boxes can be found on the Institute of Fundraising website: www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk (The Management of Static Collection Points, Code of Fundraising Practice).
Recycling mobile phones and inkjet cartridges
Please send your mobile phones (remember to remove SIM card) and empty inkjet cartridges (Samsung, HP, Lexmark, Canon and Dell) to our head office address for recycling and help us raise funds.
Recycle your postage stamps
Can you help with our stamp collecting appeal?
Any amount, large or small, stamps should be unsorted and trimmed from envelopes, ideally leaving a margin of 4-8mm.
Stamps can be sent directly to our buyer at:
GAIN Stamp Appeal, Fords Farm, HORSEY, Norfolk, NR29 4EP
Recycle your empty crisp packets
Help raise money and awareness for people affected by Guillain-Barre syndrome & CIDP by collecting empty crisp packets. All brands are accepted (not just Walkers) plus crisp multipack outer packaging. Crisp packets should be empty, flat and unfolded.
TerraCycle UK have several free recycling schemes to allow people to recycle materials that would otherwise go to landfill or for incineration. This scheme, in partnership with Walkers Crisps allows people to not only recycle their crisp packets, but to raise money for charity at the same time!
Did you know that when you shop online, you can raise money for GAIN at no extra cost to you? Costs are covered by the retailers listed on platforms such as EasyFundraising, Give as you Live, etc, so consumers can register or download an app for free, and raise a donation every time they shop online at no extra cost to them. We are registered with several platforms, so take your pick and Happy shopping!
Christmas cards and merchandise
We have a great selection of Christmas cards and a wide range of merchandise, from T-shirts to tortoise-themed jewellery so please support us by buying from our shop
How some of this money could help
£10 could help us pay for the printing and distribution of gain4all
£20 could help us pay for an information pack to be sent to a patient
£30 could help us provide information packs to a hospital
£50 could help us support a family visit their loved one as they recover
£100 could help us fund research into these illnesses