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How we raise our funds

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It’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters that Age UK can be here for so many older people when they need us most.

In 2019/20, our wonderful supporters helped raise over £67 million. 

Our income and expenditure in 2019/20

Age UK income and expenditure flow chart

Gifts in wills provide support and friendship, now and for the future

We simply could not continue to help older people today or research and campaign to make later life better for future generations without the generosity of those leaving a gift in their will to Age UK.

In 2019/20, income from legacies totalled over £24.9 million.

How to leave a gift in your will

My uncle was a gentle and generous man who enjoyed life and died just 3 weeks short of his 101st birthday. I know he would be very happy that his money is being spent on such a good cause helping others, perhaps less fortunate elderly people to get the most out of their final years.

A valued Age UK supporter

Donations help us reach more older people

The work of Age UK would simply not be possible without the generosity of the public. Each year thousands of supporters make one off or regular donations to support older people. This year, income from donations and gifts was £13.5 million. Donations and gifts remain our second biggest source of income after legacies and is an area which we hope to grow over the coming years.

Our lottery and raffle players helped fund vital work

Age UK’s society lottery (including our raffle) income in the year totalled £11.5 million. It’s a significant and reliable source of funding for the charity and is one of the largest charity lotteries in the UK. The lotteries and raffles programme supports 3 specific areas of Age UK’s work under three Society Lottery licences: information and advice; education and research; and local programmes.

Partnerships are at the heart of our fundraising

In 2019/20, we received £17.8 million in support from corporate partnerships, trusts and public sector grant-giving bodies. With this funding we have been able to support ground-breaking research into cognitive ageing, deliver programmes that tackle loneliness, promote health and wellbeing, and provide information and advice to older people most in need. As well as providing funding, our corporate partners’ employees have given thousands of hours of volunteering, donated hundreds of bags of stock to our shops, and shared their skills and expertise to help us be here for every older person who needs us. We thank every one of them.

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“The hardest thing is not having someone to talk to when you’re on your own. When I rang Age UK, it was just as if I’d hit the jackpot. It’s given me a new meaning.” 


Our fundraising values

We have developed fundraising values that put older people at the very heart of what we do. Our supporters can be reassured that our fundraising will always be of the highest standard.  

Future fundraising

As the UK’s older population grows so too does the need for our work – and we plan to invest in our ability to fundraise so that we can continue to provide support to those in need and be a voice of older people.

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Annual report

For more information about our work, read or download Age UK’s Report of Trustees and Annual Accounts for 2019/20.

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Last updated: May 05 2021

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