Photo credit: National Trust Nymans, ©National Trust Images/Laurence Perry




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 cause close to our hearts: protecting our planet.


In our Cotswold Outdoor, Runners Need and Snow+Rock stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we’re supporting the National Trust Woodlands Appeal. In our Scottish stores, we are supporting the National Trust for Scotland’s Footpath Fund. Read on to find out more about each of these charities and the wonderful work they are doing to conserve our beautiful UK landscapes for years to come.


Every penny you give goes to charity. In our stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 90% of your donation will go to the National Trust (registered charity no. 205846) and 10% to Pennies (registered charity no. 1122489). In our stores in Scotland, 90% of your donation will go to The National Trust for Scotland (registered charity no. SC 007410) 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.


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 on the National Trust’s website.



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



National Trust for Scotland Footpath Fund

Footpaths play a vital part in allowing us to enjoy Scotland’s outdoor environment in a sustainable way. Your donation will help to protect Scotland’s iconic landscapes and natural habitats.


Without clear pathways, walkers find different routes and start to erode the surrounding area. This damage destroys the delicate upland ecosystems, leaving plants and vegetation vulnerable to the harsh Scottish weather and our habitats and wildlife exposed.


Over the spring and summer of 2020, the National Trust for Scotland’s footpath team should have been out repairing and maintaining the footpaths the Trust looks after. This essential behind-the-scenes work is critical in protecting Scotland’s iconic landscapes and habitats.

The pandemic halted their activity, leaving them months behind their schedule of crucial maintenance, at a time when the footpaths have been busier than ever. National Trust for Scotland need to get back out to repair, build and maintain Scotland’s network of footpaths to ensure the landscapes and habitats aren’t at risk of lasting or irreparable damage.


Every micro-donation adds up and every penny counts. Here are some of the ways your donation could be spent:


  • £10 worth of donations could help buy spades, mattocks or other hand tools
  • £25 worth of donations could help stabilise the edge of a collapsing path
  • £48 worth of donations could help care for 1.2m of footpath, clear out vital ditching or restore a section of trampled ground


Find out more about the Footpath Fund on the National Trust for Scotland’s website.



Footpath Fund



About The National Trust For Scotland 

The National Trust for Scotland is the charity that celebrates and protects Scotland’s heritage. It relies on the support of its members and donors to carry out its important work of caring for the natural and built heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy.


From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wildernesses, the National Trust for Scotland exists to protect the national and natural treasures we all love.  



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. In its first 10 years, 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.


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