Five Ways you can donate

ways to donate

How you can make a difference

You can help Hazel’s Footprints Trust by making a donation or more regular contributions towards our overall fundraising target.

Gift Aid donations allow the Trust to reclaim income tax – so far we have received £30,000 just from Gift Aid donations! – and this increases the value of your support.

We want people to feel involved, both with the fundraising and in knowing where their hard won cash is going. You can keep regularly up to date with our latest Footprinter and Third Aim grants on this website, wherever they are in the world.

Ways to Donate


  • Fundraising

You could run a marathon, walk across country, cycle to South Africa or drive to Mongolia. Failing that there are many other wonderful ways that people have fundraised for the Trust. We have received generous donations for open gardens, for theatre nights, charity football and rounders matches and even sponsored haircuts.

If you have got a fundraising idea then we’d love to hear from you and we’ll do our very best to drum up support and awareness on this website and within our wider network. Every piece of fundraising helps – so far we have raised over £460,000 from our fundraising events. You could help us to reach a magical £500,000!

  • One-off donation

Just want to make a simple donation? Perhaps you’ve saved your Christmas card money or you want to re-direct a present in our direction? It’s simple to do.

You can either send a cheque to us at HFT HQ in Scotland (see here for our postal address), you can get in touch with us by email to find out our bank details for a direct transfer or you could log on to Virgin Money and do everything digitally. We’ve been lucky to receive some magnificently kind donations over the past nine years and if you do donate you can feel confident that all of your money is going towards the support of Hazel’s Footprints Trust’s three aims.

  • Monthly donation

We’re always thrilled when people decide to donate a set monthly amount to the Trust. Manageable donations like this are incredibly useful for safeguarding the future health of the Trust and they help us to plan ahead with our footprinter and third aim grants. Even a small monthly donation can add up as the years pass and we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have fostered a loyal network of regular contributors.

Monthly donations can also swell to a higher value with the addition of gift aid (see the next point)

  • Gift aid

If you are donating and you are a British tax payer, then your donation may well be eligible for Gift Aid. Here’s some of our note on Gift Aid:

  1. You must pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that the charity reclaims on your declarations in the tax year.
  2. You can cancel this declaration at any time by notifying the charity
  3. If in the future your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax on your income and capital gains equal to the tax that the charity reclaims, you can cancel your declaration.
  4. If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your self-assessment return.
  5. If you are uncertain whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, ask the charity. Or ask your local tax office for leaflet LR 65.
  6. Please notify the charity if you change your name or address.
  7. If you decide to give investments to the charity, then no capital gains tax will be payable and the full value of the investments may be treated as a gift aid donation. For further advice please contact the charity.
  • Leaving a gift to the Hazel’s Footprints Trust in your will

Another wonderful way of donating is leaving a gift to the Trust in your will. If you decide to do this, then the value of your estate on which tax will be payable will be reduced. Gifts made prior to death will also not be included in your estate for the purposes of calculating inheritance tax.

You can leave a fixed sum to Hazel’s Footprints Trust, a percentage of your total estate or the residue of the estate after paying out specific legacies to other beneficiaries. Whichever way you choose you will reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate.

A further relief has recently been introduced whereby if you leave a specific percentage of your estate to charity then the overall  tax rate on your remaining estate will also be reduced. If you wish help on any of these matters then please contact the charity.

If you would like any more information about this, feel free to get in contact.

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