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Our dedicated Grants and Philanthropy team works with supporters who make a significant donation to our work, including individuals, trusts, foundations and statutory bodies. Your generous support enables Age UK to create a world in which older people flourish - free from poverty, discrimination and disadvantage.

Your generous donations allow us to help people like 84-year-old Frank, who was living alone in winter with no food or heating, and unable to get out. Age UK provided Frank with food, and heaters and warm clothing until his heating could be fixed, helping him to get through a really tough time.

Contact us

To find out more about Age UK's work, to explore the ways you can support us, and to discuss how you would like your donation to improve the lives of older people, call our team on 020 303 31395 or email

The difference you could make

Age UK's work to improve later life covers a very wide range of areas, including information and advice, projects to boost older people's health and wellbeing, scientific research, practical support at home, and befriending services.

Our dedicated team are here to listen to what you want your donation to achieve. Many donors choose to focus their gift on one project, sometimes spread over a number of years; other support is given to us to use where we think it will help the most.

Every penny of your donation will be spent on front-line charitable activity, ensuring that older people receive the maximum benefit.

The following two examples are just some of the many areas of our work your donation could support:

Help older people access more financial support

Age UK offers information and advice sessions for people aged 60 and over and those who support them. These sessions aim to maximise an older person's independence by providing free information and advice, advocacy, casework, and practical assistance. Without these sessions, the older person concerned might soon require more intensive community care services.

  • Each session will, on average, identify over £500 in benefits and grants of which the older person in question was not aware.
  • Every £1 donated to this work is turned into £10 in the pockets of older people.
  • By making a donation of £30,000 to the Information and Advice services run by our local Age UK partners, you will cover the cost of 600 older people receiving one-to-one information and advice.

Help tackle dementia and cognitive decline

As the size of our older population increases, dementia and cognitive decline is one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century, with massive personal and economic costs.

Age UK funds the University of Edinburgh's The Disconnected Mind project - a major 8-year research programme to discover how and why our thinking skills change with age and what we can do to minimize these changes. Timothy Salthouse, Brown-Foreman Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, commented: 'It is my strong belief the Disconnected Mind will be viewed as one of the most important scientific projects on ageing in the twenty-first century'.

  • A donation of £10,000 to The Disconnected Mind project will make a substantial contribution to increasing our understanding of cognitive decline, working towards new treatments and preventative therapies for dementia.

Other benefits to supporting our work

We want to work with you to create a better world for older people. Alongside the knowledge that your generous donation is making a real difference to the lives of older people, by supporting our work you will also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Communication tailored to your personal preferences
  • The possibility of private visits to see the work you fund and the impact your support makes
  • Invitations to regular events at which you can meet our programme experts
  • Recognition of your gift in our annual report
  • Support from a dedicated member of staff to answer your questions and keep you informed about key developments on the projects that you're interested in

Maximise your donation through tax effective giving

You are probably aware of the Gift Aid scheme. However, Gift Aid only applies to the basic rate of tax (20%). If you're a higher rate income tax payer (40% or 50%), you can reclaim the difference between the basic rate of tax and the highest rate of tax you have paid after making a charitable donation, increasing the value of the donation even further. For example, a donation of £10,000 from you could potentially be worth as much as £15,625 to Age UK.

Age UK also welcomes the donation of shares.

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Dr Naim Dangoor OBE

Dr Naim Dangoor

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE and The Exilarch's Foundation

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