After the Liverpool Wavertree Labour Party jumble sale in December, I took my unsold books to the Oxfam shop on Allerton Road. They took my details and said they were going to put a sticker inside each book so that they could let me know in due course which they had sold and how much money they had made on the donation.
I confess I had forgotten all about it, but this email arrived tonight.
It shows how much they have made on the books up until the financial year end and how much they were able to add through gift aid.
I am so pleased, I haven't come across a scheme like this before but it really does make you feel good and it will definitely encourage me to take more stuff in future.
I thought you might be interested in what they had to say in case it motivates you to take some unwanted items to them instead!
The email begins here:
The life-changing difference you make
Thank you for being part of Tag Your Bag, the Gift Aid scheme in our shops that means your donations are worth 25% more.
Here’s what you’ve raised since you joined the scheme:
Gift Aid: £15.52
We hope you're still happy to donate this money to Oxfam, as we can use it to make a big difference. But if you've changed your mind, find out what to do next and let us know within 21 days.
The total amount your goods have raised in the financial year 2011-2012 is £62.06, plus £15.52 in Gift Aid. In the same year our emergency and development work reached a staggering 15 million people in 55 countries, thanks to amazing supporters like you.
Thanks for supporting your local shop.
With best wishes,
Head of Retail
How your money helps*
This money could help improve health care in Malawi by giving 1 healthcare professional a bicycle. More mobility helps more patients.
"Guardians used to carry patients on their backs or in wheelbarrows. Some were dying because they were reaching the hospital too late."
– Effie Kapalamula is a trained healthcare volunteer in the Chiradzulu District.
More about the Tag Your Bag scheme.
*This is only an example of what this money could achieve. The cost of programme work is subject to regional variation and for indicative purposes only.