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Donating to Shaw Trust

Shaw Trust is a national charity working to create brighter futures for the people and communities we serve.
We believe everyone should have the chance to achieve their potential. That’s why every day our staff and volunteers work in communities to transform the lives of people often excluded by society.
Your donations will help disabled people into work, people with mental ill-health to improve their health and wellbeing, children in deprived areas or with special educational needs as they leave school, or offenders coming out of prison who want to turn their lives around.
Donations allow us to invest in community projects, such as our social enterprises across the UK, and to provide additional resources to academy schools in Shaw Education Trust.


Helping Shaw Education Trust

We recently opened an interactive playground at Walton Hall Academy, for students with special educational needs. Equipment in the old playground was unfit for a wide range of ages and didn’t achieve the high health and safety standards our students deserve.

With funds raised by Shaw Trust supporters, the new playground was greeted with enthusiasm by the students. Academy Principle Pauline Carmichael said:
“Seeing the faces and hearing shrills of delight was so moving! Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve our goal.”
The new playground gives students the opportunity to socialise and develop invaluable interpersonal skills through play. Using playground equipment helps to improve balance, gross motor skills and mobility, leading to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Engagement in learning is greater after physical activity too.

Ways to donate

There are several ways you can donate to Shaw Trust:

A one-off gift

You can visit our Virgin Money Giving page (opens in new tab or window) to make a one-off donation by credit card.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to:

Shaw Trust Fundraising
Third Floor
10 Victoria Street

Please don’t forget to tell us what inspired you to donate!

A regular gift

You can donate on a regular basis via Direct Debit. Visit our Virgin Money Giving page (opens in new tab or window).

Something adventurous

We love hearing from supporters who are inspired to fundraise for Shaw Trust. Our flagship fundraising event is the Virgin London Marathon, where a team of superhero runners raise money for Shaw Trust – please email (opens in new window) if you would like more information about joining the team.

London Marathon Team

If you’re running the London marathon for us, download fundraising materials and pack from our Marathon Fundraising page.

Also if you feel inspired to raise funds for Shaw Trust in another way, by holding a fundraising event in your local area, or by taking part in a sponsored event, contact (opens in new window), and we will help you with ideas, support and inspiring materials for your event.

Make a gift in-memory of a loved one

We know that thousands of people in ordinary communities in the UK are positively impacted by Shaw Trust’s work each year. Celebrate the life of your loved-one by leaving a donation in their memory. If you are planning to collect donations in-memory of a loved-one, we would love to hear from you: (opens in new window).


Remember Shaw Trust in your Will

You can support our work by leaving a gift in your will. Contact us directly if you would like more information.

How to remember Shaw Trust in your Will

You can support our work by leaving a gift in your will. The two main types of charitable legacies are pecuniary – where you specify a sum of money to be donated – and residuary, which allows you to donate a percentage of the net value of your estate after you have provided for family and friends. We recommend using a solicitor to make or amend your will. They will be able to advise on wording, and ensure your wishes are met. Please contact us directly if you would like advice or information. If you have already included a gift to Shaw Trust in your Will, we are extremely grateful. Please let us know, so we can keep you updated about our work.

You can donate unwanted items to our charity shops

We always need more donations for our network of community-based charity shops, so we can raise more funds. In particular, we welcome donations of:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Music
  • Books
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
Read more about our retail work in the retail section.

Supporter promise

Our supporters are very important to us. In return for your support, we pledge:

To use your donation in our work to support those excluded by society.

Never to stop you in the street or at home to ask for money.

To keep your data safe, always complying with the Data Protection Act, and never selling or sharing your personal data.


Have you seen the other ways you can support our work?

Visit Get Involved for more information.


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