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Shop and Donate

Help CHESS at no cost to yourself. You can now donate money to CHESS just by using a Simply Fundraising Prepaid MasterCard® when you do your shopping.

Shop and Donate

Help CHESS at no cost to yourself. You can now donate money to CHESS just by using a Simply Fundraising Prepaid MasterCard® when you do your shopping.

These MasterCards are provided by Simply Fundraising, which was started by two Essex-based businessmen. Once you have registered with Simply Fundraising, they will issue you with a card that you can then top-up with funds through their secure online facility. The amount you put on your card is up to you. There is an initial registration fee of £10 but this will be refunded to you (or donated to us if you prefer) once your purchases have generated donations of £30 or more.

The card acts like an electronic version of cash. You can use it at any outlet that accepts MasterCard and you can also use it online. If you use it to buy from one of the retailers participating in Simply Fundraising's scheme, the retailer will make a donation to CHESS on your behalf out of the money you have spent with them.

The amount of the donation currently ranges from 2% to 3¼%, depending on the store. Many household names have agreed to take part, including ASDA, Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Pizza Express, Sainsbury, Waterstones and many others. There is a full list on Simply Fundraising's website.

If you use the Simply Fundraising Prepaid MasterCard® to do your normal household shopping at one of the participating outlets, a donation will be made to CHESS every time. When the total donations reach £30 you will qualify for a refund of your £10 registration fee. You also earn points on the card, giving you additional personal benefits.

You cannot run into debt on the card, as you can only use it to buy goods and services up to the amount you have put on it.


Gift Aid

Since the money raised is a donation from you personally, the normal Gift Aid rules apply. If you are a UK taxpayer, and tell Simply Fundraising that you want your donations to be under the Gift Aid scheme, CHESS will be able to reclaim the tax on your donation.


Further information

You can obtain further information from Simply Fundraising's own website. 


How do I get a card?

To apply for a Simply Fundraising Prepaid MasterCard® and indicate that you want your donations paid to CHESS, click on the "Simply Fundraising website - CHESS page" link below. That will take you to the CHESS page on Simply Fundraising's website. Click on the "Register to support CHESS" button on that page and complete the online form.

Thank you for supporting CHESS!

Click here to access the CHESS page on the Simply Fundraising website

Simply Fundraising Website - CHESS page

Simply Fundraising website - Homepage