Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has participated in #givingtuesday, an annual event to celebrate the hard work and achievements of charities.
The UK is one of the most charitable countries in the world. As well as having the second largest international aid budget of any nation, Brits donate £10bn from their own pockets each year. Last year, when #givingtuesday broke a Guinness World Record for the most online donations in 24 hours, the UK was the second largest contributor in the world.
Over 2,000 charities and businesses have signed up as partners in the campaign among them:
· Radley and Dogs Trust UK launched a dog walking backpack and matching coin purse, with 15% of each sale going directly to Dogs Trust.
· Facebook is matching donations on its platform up to £200,000.
· RBS is matching staff payroll giving donations.
· And over 2,000 others including Cancer Research UK, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and more.
Ashleigh Milson, #givingtuesday project lead at the Charities Aid Foundation said:
“#givingtuesday is a day all about giving back, and we’re delighted to have Adam Afriyie MP on board. The UK is one of the most generous countries in the world, and we at CAF are proud to run this campaign here – it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the great things that people and businesses are doing for charity.”
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the event:
“Giving can be as rewarding for the giver as the recipient and I am very happy to support this annual day of recognition to celebrate the hard work of charities
“Windsor has some incredibly hard working and effective charities, such as Sebastian’s Action Trust, of whom I’m proud to be a patron, Windsor Street Angels and Men’s Matters, Alexander Devine and so many more. Charities can often be more effective than government agencies at meeting certain needs and solving specific challenges
“Charitable giving brings people, businesses and government together in common endeavour.”
Note to editors
1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
5. To find out more about Giving Tuesday please click here.