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A few pennies make a big difference

We are thrilled to be offering our customers the opportunity to make a micro-donation through Pennies’ ‘digital charity box’ at checkouts in our stores. These micro-donations will support a range of causes close to our hearts.

 

In our Cotswold Outdoor, Runners Need and Snow+Rock stores in England and Wales, we’re supporting Mountain Rescue England & Wales. In our stores in Scotland, we are supporting Scottish Mountain Rescue. In our stores in Northern Ireland, we’re supporting National Trust’s Woodlands Appeal. Read on to find out more about each of these charities and the wonderful work they are doing.

 

In our stores in England and Wales 90% of your donation will go to Mountain Rescue England and Wales (registered charity no. 1178090) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). In our stores in Scotland 90% of your donation will go to Scottish Mountain Rescue (registered charity no. SC045003) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). In our stores in Northern Ireland 90% of your donation will go to National Trust (registered charity no. 205846) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). All donations made with Pennies in our stores are non-refundable.

Mountain Rescue England and Wales

We believe that everyone is happier outside, but there’s no escaping the fact that many of our favourite outdoor activities carry inherent risks. That’s why in our stores in England and Wales we’ve chosen to support the work of Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW), whose 49 mountain rescue teams rely on donations from the public.

 

MREW provide vital services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rescuing and tending to the lost, stuck, sick and injured in the hills, mountains and moorlands. But they also provide help and support beyond the mountains, searching for missing children and vulnerable adults, aiding kayakers and swimmers in rivers, helping devastated homeowners during urban floods and saving a surprising number of dogs, cows, sheep and other animals from inaccessible places.

Like many charitable organisations, they're facing challenging times, so every penny you give really does make a difference. 

 

£759 of donations could buy a new casualty bag. These robust sleeping bags help keep patients warm whilst allowing the team to continue casualty care during an evacuation. 

 

£800 of donations could fund the service of a stretcher. Stretchers are vital for supporting and protecting patients during their evacuation from hills and mountains, when being winched into a helicopter or when being lowered off a cliff. 

 

£1000 of donations could cover a vacuum mattress which is used to immobilise, support and protect patients with spinal injuries when being transported to safety. 

 

Find out more about MREW.

 

In our stores in England and Wales 90% of your donation will go to Mountain Rescue England and Wales (registered charity no. 1178090) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). All donations made with Pennies in our stores are non-refundable.

Scottish Mountain Rescue

Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) is a community of 25 member Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) made up of 850 highly trained volunteers who respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They carry out a specialist search and rescue service in the mountains and remote communities in Scotland to keep people safe and help people, if and when they get into difficulty. These dedicated people give up their time, their beds, abandon their work, and are often called away from their families to assist total strangers in their hour of need.

 

MRTs’ purpose is Volunteering to Save Lives, Any Hour, Any Day, Any Weather. SMR exists to ensure that the individual teams have the best possible environment to be able to safely and efficiently conduct rescues.

 

The remote nature of the Scottish mountains, the terrain and the prevailing weather mean that many search and rescue operations in Scotland simply cannot be carried out without large numbers of volunteers who are able to go out on foot and who can be mobilised quickly. It often is simply not possible to search for people by helicopter in Scotland, because low clouds often prevent the helicopters from flying.

 

As ever-increasing numbers of people enjoy Scotland’s mountains and wild places, SMR are seeing increasing numbers of call-outs. In order to be ready to respond and ensure that they continue to provide the best possible rescue service, SMR need our support to continue to grow. Three in five rescues are funded by donations from the public.

 

Find out more about SMR.

 

In our stores in Scotland 90% of your donation will go to Scottish Mountain Rescue (registered charity no. SC045003) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). All donations made with Pennies in our stores are non-refundable.

National Trust Woodlands Appeal

There’s wonder under the gold-flecked canopies of our woodlands. As well as providing a sanctuary for wildlife, trees clean our air and bring balance to our fragile landscape. Your donation will help grow the woodlands of tomorrow.

 

Trees are our natural armour in the battle against climate change, cleaning air and turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. But tree cover worldwide is falling at an alarming rate, causing woodland wildlife to lose their precious homes.

 

We want to do more to protect our woodlands and the animals that live there. That's why we’re asking you to support the National Trust, who have pledged to plant 20 million trees across the nation by 2030.

Photo credit: National Trust Holnicote Estate, ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Did you know that the National Trust look after 12 million trees across all the places in their care? Just a single tree can remove 1 tonne of carbon from our air over 40 years.

 

So, how might your micro-donation be used? Here are some of the ways your donation could be spent:

 

  • £5 worth of donations could plant and protect one sapling to help grow the woodlands of tomorrow
  • £25 worth of donations could help restore footpaths and create trails in National Trust woodlands, so they can be enjoyed by everyone forever
  • £500 worth of donations could plant and protect 100 trees, creating beautiful green spaces for people and wildlife to thrive
  • £5,000 worth of donations could help look after 62.5 acres of woodland and the wildlife that live in them for a whole year

 

Find out more about the National Trust Woodlands Appeal.

 

In our stores in Northern Ireland 90% of your donation will go to National Trust (registered charity no. 205846) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). All donations made with Pennies in our stores are non-refundable.

What is Pennies?

Pennies is an award-winning fintech charity with an important mission: to protect and grow micro-donations, ensuring people have digital ways to keep donating the small sums of money that are so vital to charities.

 

As a trusted leader in digital micro-donations, Pennies has created a movement that encourages giving, offers businesses a powerful way to demonstrate social purpose, helps charities make a greater impact, and gives the public a way to donate without cash, as part of their daily lives.

 

In an increasingly cashless society, Pennies’ ‘digital charity box’ gives customers paying by card or digital wallet a convenient way to add a small donation to their purchase, when shopping with participating retailers.  Whether in-store, online or in-app, it’s a simple, affordable, data-free way to donate, with 100% of funds raised going to charity.

 

Millions of people are now using the digital charity box. To date, Pennies has enabled more than 100 million micro-donations, raising millions of pounds in much-needed additional income for charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland.  Together, payment providers, retailers and their customers are helping hundreds of charities make a meaningful difference to the causes and communities they serve.   

 

Because micro-donations matter, now more than ever.

 

For more information about Pennies please visit:
www.pennies.org.uk
https://twitter.com/pennies_orguk
https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-pennies-foundation/
https://www.facebook.com/Penniesorguk/
https://www.instagram.com/pennies_orguk/

 

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