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These forms and guides will help you open, manage and donate to a Relief Chest.

If you would like to contact a member of the Relief Chest team, please email reliefchest@mcf.org.uk or call 020 3146 3352 .

Open a Relief Chest

These documents provide information and general guidance about opening and using a Relief Chest to manage charitable giving.

Donations and Guidance

Sponsorship and Gift Aid

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax relief for charities in the UK to increase donations – at no extra cost to the donor. When a charity receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, the organisation is entitled to claim an extra 25% paid on that donation.

In effect it adds 25p for every £1 donated to a charity.

Visit the HMRC website for the rules of Gift Aid >>

Find out more about Gift Aid using these useful resources created by the Charity Finance Group:

Request forms by post

You can request any of the Relief Chest forms or documents listed on this page by emailing reliefchest@mcf.org.uk and providing the information as laid out in the email.  Alternatively, you can make your request by telephoning 020 3146 3333.

These will be delivered to you free of charge.

Please note: Vouchers for making payments from a Relief Chest to a charity can only be requested by the Relief Chest representative.

Our Impact

Ami, Enquiries Officer

I don’t know why I felt compelled to work in the charity sector – in all honesty, when I was starting my A Levels, I wanted to be a doctor! I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I…

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Paul, Fundraising Support Officer

I’m from south London, born and raised in Croydon. I worked initially in the travel industry before joining my family’s construction business, which I ran for 20 years.   I joined freemasonry in 1994 and soon became involved with masonic charity. I realised that the charity sector was where I wanted to work, but because…

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Roy, Lincolnshire

When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost of…

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Ted and Sally

After a premature birth, Ted developed cerebral palsy which means that he can’t walk or stand unaided. Sally’s father is a freemason and got in touch with us to see if we could support the family in any way. Ted now has an ‘Upsee mobility harness’ that we part funded and allows him to walk…

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