Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform

first_img  956 total views,  2 views today Just over 2,000 charities raised a total of £2 million through Donr’s text giving platform between March and July.Donr saw a 653% year-on-year increase in funds raised for this time period due to charities organising emergency appeals, virtual events and using text giving as an alternative to cash donations. It now has over 3,000 charities now registered on the platform.The pandemic has seen many charities using text to give for emergency appeals, including Chester Zoo, which launched the ‘Save Our Zoo’ appeal to offset a funding gap caused by forced closure during lockdown.Fundraising Manager, Julie Platt said:“Donors are looking for simple ways that they can quickly and safely donate to their favourite causes. Text to donate is still a really popular way to give, so it’s great to be signed up and using it.”Several charities, including Keech Hospice Care used text giving during a series of quizzes streamed online, while National Theatre and Barn Theatre have used text giving to ask for donations during broadcasts of performances, raising funds from supporters unable to visit the theatre in person. Other charities, such as Tottenham Foodbank, have used text giving as an alternative to donations of cash or physical items.A Tottenham Foodbank spokesperson explained: Advertisement Melanie May | 13 October 2020 | News Tagged with: mobile sms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “People want to donate food to us, but they often can’t because – they can’t make it during our opening times, they are self-isolating, they are avoiding public places during lockdown or they simply cannot find anything on the supermarket shelves. Texting is the most immediate thing they can do to help.”A total of 250,469 charity supporters made donations through Donr’s platform between March and July.The platform allows charities to receive one-off or regular donations at a cost of 5% plus VAT. Due to the pandemic however, it has made two features free for the rest of 2020: the option to send an additional text message to request donors complete a Gift Aid declaration, and to send a conversion message to encourage a one-off donation to be turned into a regular gift. Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform  957 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Four arrested as gardai seize 360 thousand euro worth of Cannabis in Ballybofey

first_img Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Four arrested as gardai seize 360 thousand euro worth of Cannabis in Ballybofey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Previous articleGardai reviewing court decision to strike out Donegal drink drive caseNext article614 new buildings constructed in Donegal in 2013 News Highland center_img News Gardai have seized a large quantity of cannabis plants and made four arrests as part of an ongoing investigation targeting cannabis cultivation in Co. Donegal.Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €360,000 (pending analysis) were discovered, along with other items made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis, during a search at a premises on Navenny St., Ballybofey on Tuesday evening.The search was conducted by members of the Letterkenny Drugs Unit.A male, aged in his 30s, and three females (two in their 20s and one 60s) were arrested. They are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Letterkenny Garda Station.Enquiries are ongoing and updates will follow. Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – January 21, 2014 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+last_img read more

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Trade war with China to cost American coal producers

first_imgTrade war with China to cost American coal producers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:At least four cargoes of U.S. coal worth $30 million are headed to China as Beijing prepares to hit imports with hefty 25-percent tariffs, threatening a niche supply of the fuel even as China’s appetite for foreign coal shows no sign of abating.The vessels, carrying a combined 335,000 tonnes of coal, are the only confirmed cargoes in transit from the United States to China, and are scheduled to land in time to avoid the new duties.On Wednesday night, the Ministry of Commerce published its final list of U.S. items worth $16 billion in imports that will incur an additional 25-percent tariff, including coal.The penalties will come into effect on Aug. 23 after Washington plans to start collecting duties on Chinese products of the same value. Coal was also in the draft list issued in June.The new duties are likely to curb exports from the United States, which ramped up shipments in 2017 as its beleaguered coal mining sector has undergone a resurgence under U.S. President Donald Trump.The United States shipped 3.2 million tonnes of coal to China last year, up from less than 700 tonnes in 2016, making it China’s seventh largest supplier, although well behind top supplier Australia with nearly 80 million tonnes.But it takes six weeks for a cargo to travel from the United States – compared with several weeks for Indonesia and Australia – costs more to ship and U.S. coal is of a lower quality than Australian coal.That means replacing U.S. shipments with coal from other places may not be difficult, sources said.“In all aspects, U.S. coal does not have any advantages,” said Zhang Min, coal analyst at China Sublime Information Group.“According to our calculation, after the 25-percent tariff, U.S. coal will cost at least $30 per tonne more, which basically rules it out of the Chinese market.”More: U.S. coal cargoes heading for China as Beijing takes aim with new tariffslast_img read more

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Jamaica Return to their Winning Ways While T&T’s Struggle Continues in…

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England, CMC – Jamaica finally returned to their winning ways with a convincing victory over Scotland but Trinidad and Tobago remained winless in the second round with defeat to powerhouses England at the Netball World Cup match on Wednesday.Playing at the M&S Bank Arena, Jamaica actually found themselves trailing 13-14 at the end of the first quarter but staged an excellent recovery to pull off a 67-36 win, halting a two-game losing streak.There was no such good fortune for the Trinidadians as they suffered yet another defeat with a 46-72 thrashing at the hands of the hosts.They were never in contention throughout the contest and are now have only a single win for their efforts in the tournament.All eyes were on the Sunshine Girls, however, especially after successive defeats to South Africa last Sunday and England the following day.And they were slow out of the blocks even though star goal-shooter Jhaniele Fowler scored 13 from 14 in the first quarter, as opposite number Emma Barrie shot nine from 10 and goal-attack Lynsey Gallagher, a perfect five-from-five.However, the world number two side picked up the pace in the second quarter and had carved out a 32-21 half-time lead, after out-scoring the Thistles 19-7.In the third quarter, Jamaica stamped their authority to once again dominate 18-5 and storm to a 50-26 lead, shutting Scotland out of the contest.Fowler scored 45 from 48 attempts and was supported by Romelda Aiken with 13 from 16 attempts.For Scotland, Barrie finished with 19 from 22 while Gallagher netted 11 from as many attempts.T&T, meanwhile, never really got their feet in the encounter, and were behind 12-20 at the end of the opening stanza and down 16 at the half-time break, 23-39.There was no coming back for the Trinidadians as England out-scored them 17-10 and 16-13 in the remaining quarters to clinch their spot in the semi-finals.Kalifa McCollin shot 26 from 29 attempts to lead the Caribbean side’s scoring while Samantha Wallace chipped in with 20 from 22.For the hosts, Joanne Harten netted 36 from 40 attempts, with Helen Housby scoring 21 from 24 and Rachel Dunn, 15 from 19.On Thursday, Barbados will be in action against Northern Ireland while T&T take on Scotland and Jamaica clash with Uganda.last_img read more

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