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There’s now two easy ways for you to help raise funds for St Margaret Mary's RC Church, (Plymstock)!

Shop Online and Raise Funds 

easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Argos, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 2000 others. Just use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we'll receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!


It’s completely FREE to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' exclusive to easyfundraising.


If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you need to do is visit and when you register, select St Margaret Mary's RC Church, (Plymstock) as the organisation you wish to support.

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When you search the Web with easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you’ll raise funds for us with every search you make! Just like easyfundraising it’s completely free to use and if you make just 10 searches a day, you could raise £20 a year - or more - for us, just by switching to easysearch.


Gift Aid

This the scheme used by charities and Donors to reclaim tax on charitable giving. It means that if you are a tax payer, the Church can reclaim tax on all your donations, increasing income by a sizeable amount on top of what you give. It can cover all giving, whether by weekly or monthly offertory, irregular donations, or single one-off donations. Your tax is repaid to charities at the basic rate equivalent, but as long as you have paid enough tax, whatever the rate, then your giving is eligible.

How Gift Aid works

The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by UK taxpayers. The Church takes your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the Church. For donations between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2011 the Church will also get a separate government supplement of 3p on every pound you give. It applies to income tax or capital gains tax, at whatever rate you pay, as long as you have paid sufficient tax for a reclaim to be made. If you pay tax at the higher rate you will receive additional relief.

What does it cost me?

It costs you absolutely nothing! You are giving to the Church anyway, this simply asks the Government to redirect to the Church some of the tax you have paid to them. If you pay the tax at the higher rate better still, because you will receive additional tax relief, which you will need to claim via your tax code. Seek advice from the Inland Revenue.

What should I do now for the Church to benefit from my tax

Contact Bob Smith, the Parish Gift Aid Organiser for a Diocesan Gift Aid Form or for any further information. Once you have made a ‘Gift Aid declaration’ to the Church, in writing, the Church can then reclaim the tax you have paid. There has to be a record of what you give, so we ask you either to use envelopes for cash, give by cheque, or give by bankers order. The declaration will cover everything you give.

What happens if I stop paying enough tax?

Simply ask the Parish Gift Aid Organiser to cancel your declaration. If you don’t, then you could be sent a bill by the Inland Revenue for any tax claimed by the Church that you have not paid. If in future you start paying sufficient tax again, you can make a new declaration.

If you require any additional information, please click on the e-mail link below and send a message to the Gift Aid Organiser.


St Margaret Mary's Roman Catholic Parish Church, Quarry Park Road, Plymstock, Devon PL9 7BB