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Unconditional Appeal FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Unconditional Appeal and UK Aid Match.

When will my donation be doubled?

The UK government is doubling public donations made to the Unconditional Appeal between 24 January and 24 April 2021.

When should I hold an Unconditional Appeal event with my church or community group?

Every year, churches and groups choose to hold a Leprosy Sunday event. This year, you can hold your events after 24 January. You may wish to hold it on 31 January, which is when World Leprosy Day is celebrated around the world. Your donations will be doubled by the UK government until 24 April, so while you can hold a Leprosy Sunday after that date, money raised after 24 April will not be eligible to be doubled.

Will my existing regular gift be doubled?

No, existing gifts will not be doubled. However, if you are an existing regular donor and you increase your regular gift (made by standing order or direct debit) in response to the Unconditional Appeal, the amount your regular gift is increased by will be matched for up to three months. For example if you already give £10 per month and you increase your gift to £20 per month during the appeal, the difference will be matched: £10 x three months = £30.

No more than three payments will be matched and if the increased regular gift is set up towards the end of the appeal, the third payment may fall outside the two-month 'grace period' detailed below. This means that only the first two payments may be eligible for doubling.

If I set up a new regular gift, how long will it be doubled for?

If you are a new regular donor, giving by standing order or direct debit, who signs up between 24 January and 24 April 2021, up to the first three months of your regular donations will be matched.

As above, no more than three payments will be matched and if the new regular gift is set up towards the end of the appeal, the third payment may fall outside the two-month 'grace period' and may not be doubled.

Are there any specific Gifts for Life that will be doubled by the UK government?

Yes, many of our Gifts for Life relating to medical care and training will be doubled until 24 April. You can purchase a Gift for Life here.

Will Gift Aid be doubled?

No, Gift Aid is not included in UK Aid Match.

I'm planning a sponsored event. Can the money I raise be doubled?

Yes. After 24 April, there is a two-month 'grace period' to allow fundraisers to collect any outstanding donations and send them to us, as long as those donations were pledged to the Unconditional Appeal between 24 January and 24 April. Our Virtual Collection Box is the ideal way to collect money from your sponsors or run an online fundraising event as an individual or with your church or group. It's simple to set up your personal fundraising page and share with people you know.

If you have any other questions about the Unconditional Appeal and UK Aid Match, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing post@tlmew.org.uk or telephoning 01733 370505.