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How we raise our funds

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 2018/19, we raised £44.9 million (net) from fundraising.

Our income and expenditure in 2018/19

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 2018/19, income from legacies totalled over £29 million.

How to leave a gift in your will

Donations help us reach more older people

The generous donations from the public enable us to run vital services that help older people and their loved ones every day. In 2018/19 our supporters donated over £9 million to support our work.

Mum was 96 years old when she passed. She had seen the loneliness old age brought. We hope that Age UK can do more work to ease the social isolation for our older generation. Mum would have been pleased to know that her legacy will be put to good use. 

A valued Age UK supporter

Our fundraising events wouldn't succeed without passion and support

In December 2018, our annual Christmas concert, Love Christmas, welcomed over 2,000 guests to St Paul's cathedral and was supported by celebrities including Len Goodman, Penny Smith and Laura Wright. 

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The time and energy our corporate partners' staff give to our cause is inspirational

We were delighted when staff at investment bank Credit Suisse voted for Age UK as their UK Charity of the Year for 2018. They took older people to their hearts and organised parties, afternoon teas and computer training for older people. Staff signed up as befrienders for our Call in Time telephone friendship service, and through their amazing fundraising efforts raised over £600,000. Thank you!

Grants help us provide vital services to older people

This year our net income from grants, partnerships and trusts was £9.4 million. Grants from organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund, Sport England, The Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Aged Veterans Fund (funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds) and City Bridge Trust helped fund programmes delivered by the Age UK network, supporting tens of thousands of the most vulnerable older people from veterans to the most isolated and lonely and those affected by scams and fraud.

“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 trading activities

Age UK Trading CIC, and its subsidiary Age UK Enterprises, offer financial services and products that support independent living under the Age Co brand, runs over 400 charity shops, and operates a social lottery and raffle. It gives all its profits to Age UK to fund our charitable work.

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 2018/19.

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Last updated: Jan 28 2020

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