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7th July 2021

We are now entering our 20th year, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the users of our service for their support. At the same time we’d like to update everyone who uses our service about some important changes we have made and are making to the way the service operates.

  1. Automation – over the last two years we have been investing in automating more of our processes. This now means that we can deal with much larger numbers of orders and voucher redemptions. It also means that our e-vouchers and printable vouchers are issued immediately, 365 days a year, rather than having to wait to be processed manually.
  2. Expiry dates – Charity Vouchers are now valid for 12 months instead of 24 months. However, if you have a voucher that has expired, please get in contact us. We will usually be able to reset the expiry date for you although, regrettably, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so in every case.
  3. Getting greener – Charity Vouchers are already a much greener alternative to conventional gifts because our e-vouchers and printable vouchers consume virtually no resources at all. Even our printed cards/vouchers are far less damaging for the planet than most of the physical gifts that that might have been bought in their place. One company which began giving Charity Vouchers to its employees had previously been giving them plastic games compendiums… and we think we know where a lot of those will have ended up! Even so, we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact: In the office we have greatly reduced the amount of paper used for administration. We have replaced the cellophane sleeves, used to protect our greetings cards, with a biodegradable/compostable alternative. We increasingly print our cards and vouchers on paper and card with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) C007915 certification. We are also using up our final stocks of the plastic corner pockets we have always used to hold the vouchers in our cards. These will be replaced with much more environmentally friendly ‘glue-dots’.
  4. Price increases – We last increased our voucher and postage charges six years ago and we have reluctantly decided that we can’t put off doing so any longer – even a not-for-profit company like ours must make ends meet. So, from today the processing fee for our e-vouchers and printable vouchers will rise from £1.00 to £1.20, the printing and processing fee for our cards and vouchers will rise from £1.50 to £1.95, and our flat rate postage fee will rise from £1.00 to £1.15. These increases will enable us to maintain our commitment to give 100% of the value of every voucher redeemed to the charities chosen. Similarly, we will be able to continue to offer donors the choice of all the registered charities in the UK rather than restricting it to a much smaller selection. And the changes will allow us to continue to offer Freephone facilities, and our Freepost service for vouchers issued by post, in order to make it as quick and easy as possible for people to donate their vouchers.

It is always really helpful for us to receive feedback (even the occasional bad bits) so if you have any comments or suggestions at all about our service, please let us know.

The Charity Vouchers team
7th July 2021

Charity Awareness Days and events in July
17th June 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in July

1st – 31st July : SAMARITANS – Talk to Us / #WeListen Month

3rd July : A child of mine – National Bereaved Parents Awareness Day

4th July – Thank You Day

11th July : Rethink – National Schizophrenia Awareness Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Thank You Day – Sunday July 4th
24th May 2021

After a hard 18 months, we’ve all got someone to say thank you to. Whether it’s the neighbours for checking we were okay or the delivery drivers who kept food on the shelves. Maybe it’s the volunteers who helped get the vaccine out, or the kids for learning from home. That is why the organisers of Thank You Day want us to get together to say thanks to them all.

So, Sunday 4th July has been designated as Thank You Day, and we’re joining alongside some amazing organisations including the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service, the Scouts and many, many more to help say ‘thank you’ to all those millions of people across the UK who so deserve it. To help celebrate, we’ve created this great new card design, which you’ll find under our ‘Thank You‘ occasions page. A Charity Voucher is a perfect way to show your thanks!

Thank You Day 2021

So, join in the celebrations, and find out more about how you can take part and spread the word about Thank You Day.
You’ll find all the information you need at the special Thank You Day website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in June
19th May 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in June

1st – 30th June : SANDS – SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) Awareness Month

1st – 7th June : NCVO – Volunteers Week

14th – 18th June : Marmalade Trust – Loneliness Awareness Week

15th – 20th June : MENCAP – Learning Disability Week

17th June : Global Action Plan – Clean Air Day 2021

19th – 25th June : Youth Sport Trust – National School Sport Week

And one event to look out for coming up in July

4th July – Thank You Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in May
21st April 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in May

1st – 31st May : Stroke Association – Stroke Awareness Month

3rd – 9th May : Maternal Mental Health Alliance- Maternal Mental Health Week

4th – 9th May : UK Council on Deafness – Deaf Awareness Week

9th May : National Schizophrenia Fellowship – National Schizophrenia Day

17th – 23rd May : Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia Action Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Double your donation! Latest UK Government ‘Aid Match’ Appeals
26th March 2021

UK Aid Match brings charities, British people and the UK government together to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

It means that donations using Charity Vouchers made to any of these appeals will be doubled by money put in by the UK government during the period of the appeal!

The British Asian Trust has launched its ‘If I Can, She Can’ appeal to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on people in the poorest parts of South Asia. (Appeal runs to 31st December)

Traidcraft Exchange’s latest appeal – ‘The Regenerators’ – launched today, helping people across South Asia and Africa set up climate-smart businesses to help improve their incomes and regenerate the land they rely on. (Appeal runs to 7th June)

ActionAid’s ‘She Is The Answer’ appeal aims to put women front and centre of climate change adaptation in Cambodia. (Appeal runs to 4th June)

CBM has launched and appeal to tackle blindness crisis in Zimbabwe. The ‘Light up Lives’ appeal is aiming to raise enough funds to help over 40,000 people in Zimbabwe access treatment for eye-health problems. (Appeal runs to 20th May)

Trócaire, the overseas development charity, has launched the Trócaire Lenten Appeal 2021 to highlight the challenges faced by people in South Sudan who have fled their homes because of years of conflict. (Appeal runs to 16th May)

SCIAF’s ‘Wee Box appeal’ focuses on supporting pupils with disabilities in South Sudan
(Appeal runs to 11th May)

The Leprosy Mission has launched ‘The Unconditional Appeal’ to improve access to treatment for those with leprosy in Mozambique. (Appeal runs to 24th April)

To see the most up to date list of appeals go to UK Aid Match news.

To donate your Charity Voucher to any of these appeals go to the Voucher Redemption page of this site, then go to Donate Vouchers Online. Enter your voucher number and value. Then go to ‘Choose Charity from list’ and select ‘Other (specify) and type the name of the appeal you would like to support into the box.

Charity Awareness Days and events in April
18th March 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in April

1st-30th April : Bowel Cancer UK – Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

19th-25th April : MS Trust/MS Society – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in March
24th February 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in March

1st-7th March : Beat – Eating Disorders Awareness Week

4th March : Student Minds & University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN) – University Mental Health Day

8th March : United Nations – International Women’s Day

1st-31st March : Ovarian Cancer Action – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

1st-31st March : Cancer Research UK – Walk All Over Cancer Month

1st-31st March : Endometriosis UK – Endometriosis Awareness Month

1st-31st March : Brain Tumour Research – Brain Tumour Awareness Month

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the ChangeStar ‘Charity Calendar’ at and at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Christmas Top 10
24th November 2020

We’ve just had a quick look at the top ten charities our donors supported last Christmas*. Here’s the list…

1 Cancer Research UK
2 Alzheimer’s Research UK
3 Crisis
4 Salvation Army
5 Alzheimer’s Society
6 NSPCC/Childline
7 British Heart Foundation
8 Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) UK
9 Motor Neurone Disease Association

* Based on the number of vouchers each charity was given.  Who will be in the top ten for 2020?!

New website goes live!
19th November 2020

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new website. We’ve made quite a few changes which we think you’ll like. These include:

Automatic order processing for e-vouchers and printable vouchers. We can now process these orders instantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Updated design: The site uses some of the latest software available. This means that whatever device you’re on – PC, laptop, tablet or phone – the site will still display well. Just as importantly, it also brings the site right up to date with the latest security fixes and features.

Longer expiry: We’re very pleased to announce – coinciding with the launch of the new site – that the standard vouchers will now be valid for two years instead of one year.

Tell us what you think! Please let us know how you find the new site. (Click here to contact us). We’re always keen to hear your feedback, whether you’re a new visitor or someone who’s been using our service for years.