Give to The Friends online

A NEW service – powered by BT – is making it easier to give online donations to The Friends of Kinneil and other charities across the UK.

Just go online and fill out your details. All the money pledged, apart from any charges made by banks for using debit/credit cards, goes directly to the not-for-profit bodies.

You can give to The Friends of Kinneil, a registered Scottish charity, by clicking this link.

You have to register to use the site, but it’s simple and easy to use.

MyDonate ambassador Ben Fogle said: “MyDonate allows everyone to donate money to their chosen cause, safe in the knowledge that 100 per cent of it is going to the right place. It is a genuine turning point for charities and means we can all raise more money for the charities closest to our hearts.”

The MyDonate website ( www.bt.com/mydonate ) provides online support for charities and donors setting up their events pages, fundraising tips, as well as links to social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to help promote their fundraising events.

BT has launched MyDonate as part of its ongoing commitment to making a positive difference to society. BT’s support for charities spans more than 30 years, with its online donation platforms processing more than £160 million for high profile charity telethons over the last nine years alone, including the BBC’s Children in Need and DEC’s Pakistan appeal over the last nine years alone. The platform is also supporting the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.

Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, said: “We’ve launched MyDonate as we want to ensure that 100 per cent of people’s fantastic fundraising efforts, and donations, go to the charity of their choice. BT already has a proud history of helping communities with charitable events, such as the recent Comic Relief telethon, and we’re delighted we can now take this knowledge and technological expertise to help charities become more effective in the vital work they do.”

BT is committed to investing a minimum of one per cent of its pre-tax profits in community and environmental programmes every year, which amounted to money, time and in-kind contributions of over £26 million in 2010. BT will run the MyDonate completely for free, with all money going to charity, and forms a key part of the company’s charitable programme.

A spokesperson for The Friends of Kinneil said: “We’d like to thank BT for giving us a MyDonate page to raise money. Hopefully it make it easier for people to give money to charity – and help support our work to promote and improve Kinneil Estate and the nearby Foreshore.”

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