If you shop online then some sites will make a contribution to charity for each sale, at no extra cost to the buyer. (One suspects the cost to the seller is offset by greater volume of sales.)

Participating sites include Amazon, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Argos and Ebay. Currently here are over 3000 retailers in the scheme.

To get started you must first register at the EasyFundRaising website. They will collect the seller’s contributions and forward them to the Abbey, together with any gift aid information.

Every time you buy something online you tell the participating seller to make a donation to your charity. This is done in one of two ways:

  1. Through the EasyFundraising website or
  2. By adding the ‘Donation Reminder’ plugin/extension to your browser.

With method 1. you first visit the EasyFundraising website, use it to search for the shop or item you need, and then click through and shop as normal. They take care of the rest.

With method 2. you go straight to the e-commerce site. Shop as normal, but use the donation-reminder button before checking out.

As of May 2016 the Alton Abbey and the Friends of Alton Abbey charities each have 10 supporters and have each raised between £300 and £400. An average of £35 per person, at no cost to themselves. So it is worthwhile participating.