Wales is the most generous nation in the UK, with 80% of people saying they had donated money to charity in the previous year, according to a new study. New figures published today by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) revealed that Northern Ireland is the second most charitable region with 75% of people donating money in the previous year, followed by 65% of people in Scotland.
England came last, with a mere 62% of the population said they had donated to charity in the previous 12 months.
A great chance to donate
The data is published ahead of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on December 1, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
People in countries across the world will be marking the day by making donations, volunteering their time or simply spreading the word about a good cause.
The campaign, led by CAF, is being held in the UK for the second time.
It is supported by a wide range of celebrities and sports stars, including musician and broadcaster Cerys Matthews, Olympic gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft, Downton Abbey’s Joanna Froggatt, former Dr Who David Tennant, and TV presenter Dan Snow.
Cerys Matthews said: “Wales is a generous nation and it’s wonderful to see that this is recognised in the research. By donating money to causes you care about, it’s a step towards helping to make a difference in the world.
“The #GivingTuesday campaign is an opportunity for everyone to come together and contribute to the invaluable work done by charities. On 1 December I’ll be supporting Shelter Cymru which helps homeless people in Wales.”
A third of UK getting involved
Previous research by CAF suggests that one in three people in the UK plan to make a charitable donation on #GivingTuesday.
Kim Roberts, the UK #GivingTuesday Campaign Manager said: “People across the UK are incredibly generous and supportive to causes they care about – whether they are local community initiatives or national charities.
“There is an enormous number of charities and businesses making plans for #GivingTuesday and the day is set to be bigger and better this year. We are calling on everyone, everywhere to seize whatever opportunity they can to get involved.”