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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 2017/18, we raised £50.5 million (net) from fundraising.

Our income and expenditure in 2017/18

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 2017/18, 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 2017/18 over 53,000 people supported Age UK with a regular donation, raising over £4.5 million for our work.

A lot of the time, it can be hard to know where to go to get help for problems affecting older people. That's what makes Age UK such a wonderful charity. They can offer help in a
wide range of areas and it's very, very good.
I'm pleased to be part of it by leaving a
gift in my will. 

Mr G | Brighton

Our fundraising events wouldn't succeed without passion and support

In 2017/18, 80 year old Tom Harrison completed the Virgin London Marathon for Age UK. He was one of 80 Age UK runners who raised a combined total of £162,000.

Find your perfect fundraising event

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

In 2017/18, Santander staff raised £555,273 for Age UK, taking our fundraising partnership total to £1.1 million. Prudential staff across the globe gave over 350 volunteering hours. Thank you!

Grants help us provide vital services to older people

In 2017/18 we received just under £11 million in grants from generous organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund, Department of Health and Social Care, The Exilarch’s Foundation, First Utility, E.ON, the Aged Veterans Fund and the Morrisons Foundation.

“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 2017/18.

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Last updated: Dec 16 2019

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