Big-hearted residents top £1m to charity

WOKING is the most giving place in Surrey, according to latest statistics from the world’s largest social platform for donations. JustGiving listed the authority in the top 10 most generous in the UK.

The website for contributing to charity online compiled their list based on the number of givers and the amount donated in relation to an area’s population. In the last 12 months, there were found to be 27,646 generous people in Woking – out of a population of 99,567 – who raised a massive £921,165. Taking into account other fundraising portholes as well as coin collections and events, the total well exceeds the £1 million mark.

NO SURPRISE - Jonathan Lord MP knows that Woking's people are among the most generous

NO SURPRISE – Jonathan Lord MP knows that Woking’s people are among the most generous

It comes as no surprise to Jonathan Lord MP, who told the News & Mail: “Woking people are extremely generous and it doesn’t surprise me at all that the area came in the top slot for giving. Most of our local charities – especially Woking Hospice – totally rely on contributions, so I hope everyone keeps up this level of generosity for many years to come.”

The data reflects the donations made through the JustGiving site only; it does not take into account other contributions such as people putting cash into collections, payments via direct debits and standing orders, or other online services. The JustGiving site is widely used by people undertaking sponsored events to raise money for good causes.

They have, however, been criticised for charging charities a fee. Unlike rivals such as Virgin Giving, JustGiving take a small cut from every pound donated. They say they reinvest these charges to improve their online service.

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