The Meath simply would not be able to offer the wonderful opportunities it does if it wasn’t for the kindness and generosity of the many people who choose to support us each year. While our basic running costs come from fees paid from statutory sources, we rely on charitable income to enable us to maintain and develop the best possible facilities we can for our clients. We fundraise, too, for ‘extras’ that make life that little bit more comfortable – for example, the beautiful garden furniture that allows everyone to enjoy sitting out in the sunshine (of course, we can’t always guarantee the sun!)

If you would like to help us in some way, shape or form, then we would be delighted to hear from you. There are lots of ways to get involved. Our volunteers become part of the team and all say they have a lot of fun during the time they spend with us. On the other hand, you may prefer to undertake some fundraising yourself, and if you’re not keen on marathon running or sky diving, then you might like to throw a tea or dinner party, or have a cake sale for the Meath. Alternatively, you may like to attend one of our events. Every penny to us is important and helps us to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

Take a look at the number of ways you can help:

Regular Giving

Giving a regular amount each month means that your charitable giving becomes organised and affordable because you can see what you are spending in relation to your income. For us, it has the same effect – we are able to plan for and organise improvements to services because we know how much money is anticipated. It’s definitely a win-win situation and very easy to set up.

Simply download our Regular Giving form and complete and send it back to us and we will do the rest.

A one-off gift

We are always extremely grateful to receive donations towards our ‘general fund’, which directs the money to where it will provide most benefit for our clients at that particular time – we may be doing something in particular, such as building new services or refurbishing some of our accommodation, or we could be buying new equipment. Our general fund assists with all of these things.

You may have something in mind that you would like to sponsor – we are able to ring-fence donations for a purpose so that you know exactly where your money will be spent. It’s always best to talk to our Fundraising Manager should you be considering this option – we would hate to think of you spending out on an item that could not be considered, perhaps for health and safety reasons, or that could not be maintained due to high maintenance costs.

If you would like to make a donation, we are able to accept payment online.

MAJOR DONORS

During the history of the Meath, there have been major benefactors who have given extremely generous donations to the Charity. They have helped the organisation to flourish and to be able to continue to maintain and develop services of the highest quality to support many people, past, present and future, with complex epilepsy plus associated disabilities.

We shall always be very grateful to them all. Some have even had buildings or services named after them, but even if they did not want any publicity, they know who they are and we will always be indebted to them for their generosity.

Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving, or Give As You Earn, enables you to support the Meath directly from your pay or pension. Each regular donation is made after your National Insurance contributions have been calculated but before your Income Tax payment is deducted. Because you only pay tax on what’s left, you get tax relief on your donation immediately.

For example, if you pay basic rate tax and use Payroll Giving

If you pay tax at the basic rate of 20 per cent and donate £10 monthly through Payroll Giving, you would save £2 tax (20 per cent of £10), so the actual cost of the donation to you would be £8.

If you pay higher rate tax and use Payroll Giving

If you pay tax at the higher rate of 40 per cent and donate £10 through Payroll Giving, you would save £4 (40 per cent of £10), so the actual cost of the donation to you would be £6.

You can use this method of donating to a charity

  • If you are an employee and you get paid weekly or monthly through PAYE
  • If you get a company and/or personal pension and your provider deducts tax through PAYE

In addition, your employer or pension provider would need to operate a Payroll Giving Scheme. If they don’t, they could be willing to start one since there may be many more of your colleagues also wanting to give in this way. They can learn more about Payroll Giving at hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/giving/payroll-giving.htm.

You aren’t obliged to tell us either, so if you want to give anonymously, then it is absolutely fine to do so, but let us thank you personally now… we are very grateful for every penny we receive, which we can assure you helps makes a world of difference in some very special people’s lives.

In Memorium Giving

When a family member passes away, it is now very common to find that relatives ask people to consider making a donation to a favourite charity instead of sending flowers, leaving the family to provide the floral tributes. In Memoriam giving is a wonderful way to celebrate someone’s life and lets everyone who wants to pay tribute to do something practical to honour the deceased by benefitting a cause that was close to their heart.

If you wish to consider making the Meath Epilepsy Charity a beneficiary in any In Memorium collection that you arrange, we can help by providing you with announcement cards to be completed by each donor, information leaflets explaining how their gifts will be used, and pew envelopes for the day. The Meath will then process all payments and advise you on the total given and the donors who made the tribute possible.

You may also like to consider a regular giving payment to honour the deceased each year on a special date, such as a birthday or anniversary.

For more information or to request In Memorium materials, please contact Fundraising on 01483 415095. Your call will be dealt with in the utmost confidence.

Leaving a Legacy

We would be extremely grateful if you could consider a legacy to the Meath Epilepsy Charity in your Will. Leaving a legacy to a charity once family and friends have been considered is an extremely generous thing to do, but it does form a long-lasting and very positive tribute to your memory. Legacies have proven to be the mainstay for many charities over the years – some would not exist now if it wasn’t for the support provided in this way from the many people keen to make a last donation to a favourite cause.

The Meath is no different . . . if you would consider leaving a legacy to our Charity when drafting your Will, your generosity will help us to continue to care for and support very many vulnerable people long in the future.

We recommend you contact a solicitor when writing your Will, but we do supply a booklet to help you think through the process. Alternatively, visit www.totallyfreewills.co.uk for an on-line solution.

You can download our Will Booklet, by clicking here.

You can download a worksheet, which will help you plan your will, here.

Gift Aid

We are always grateful for every donation we receive and we are very keen to ensure that we make every penny count. That includes making sure we apply Gift Aid on every donation that we can.

Gift Aid works by making your donation tax efficient, so it means more to us at no further cost to you; which is good!

As a UK taxpayer, your donation could mean an extra 25p for every £1 you give. We claim the basic rate of tax you have paid on any donation you make. If you are a higher rate tax payer, you can claim additional tax benefits on donations, but you have to make the claim on your self-assessment form and either keep or pass that additional sum on to us as your chosen charity. It’s a simple process whereby you indicate how much you have donated when filling out your form.

For full details on Gift Aid and how it works for everyone, please click here.

We try to ensure that everyone who is eligible completes a Gift Aid form when they make a donation, but if you have given a donation to the Meath and have slipped the net and not yet completed a form, then do please download it here, complete and return it to us at Fundraising, Meath Epilepsy Trust, Westbrook Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2QH. And “thank you”, for both your donation and the means to make it worth just that little bit more!

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And “thank you”; we really value your kindness.