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Fiona Calls on Slough Charities & Businesses to Back a Global Day of Giving

After a very successful first year in the UK, #GivingTuesday is back and Fiona Mactaggart MP is encouraging people in Slough to come together and give their time, money or voice to local charity on one global day of giving.

Fiona Mactaggart MP attended the #GivingTuesday parliamentary reception on Tuesday 10th November 2015 to encourage charities and businesses in Slough to sign up as partners of this international day of giving.

In 2015, #GivingTuesday will take place on Tuesday 1st December. Last year was the first year that #GivingTuesday took place in the UK, which is consistently ranked as one of the most generous nations in the world – research by the Charities Aid Foundation concludes that the UK is the sixth most generous country in the world.

Over 800 charities and businesses signed up as partners of the campaign, including household names such as BT, Facebook, Argos, NSPCC and Cancer Research UK. The campaign also secured the backing of celebrities including Helen Mirren, David Tennant, Tom Daley and Lily Cole. This year, Olympic gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft, Downton Abbey’s Joanna Froggatt, former Dr Who David Tennant, and presenter Dan Snow are all backing the campaign.

Fiona Mactaggart MP for Slough said: “#GivingTuesday is an exciting opportunity for charities and businesses in Slough. Contributing to good causes not only helps those in need but also helps create a more civilised society.

“It doesn’t have to be money; you can donate your time by volunteering or donate your voice by letting people know about the work your favourite charity does.” 

Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Charities Aid Foundation: “After a very successful first year of #GivingTuesday, it’s fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for the #GivingTuesday movement from so many amazing organisations – including some of the top businesses and charities in the country.

“#GivingTuesday is an opportunity to give something back, we hope that with the support of politicians, businesses and charities, we can get the whole nation thinking about charity at the start of the festive season.

“We want to encourage businesses, charities and individuals to take up #GivingTuesday really run with it – and make the second year of the campaign even more successful than the first.”