Bedford: the UK’s most generous town

Aug 22, 2014

Of the 79,150 people with a ‘Bedford postcode’, more than half (41,631) gave a total of £1,145,967 to charity appeals on the site in the year to May 2014.

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson (pictured) said: “It’s fantastic to hear that Bedford has come out on top as the most generous town in the country, but it’s no surprise.

“I know how generously people give not only their hard-earned money but also their time and energy both to national and to the many excellent local charities.”

Bedford tops the national rankings based on the number of givers and the amount donated in relation to populations.

Cambridge and Reading were denied top spot by Bedford with Brentwood, Woking, Aberdeen, Cheltenham, High Wycombe, Watford and Bristol making up the top 10 ranked towns.

Mr Hodgson said: “Charities and individual fundraisers do incredible things in aid of charitable causes locally, and they are clearly very well supported by the generous, warm-hearted people of Bedford Borough.”

The data only reflects donations made via JustGiving, the UK’s largest charity fundraising website which is widely used for people undertaking sponsored events to raise money for good causes.

It does not take into account other charity donations made by people such as putting cash in collections, making payments via direct debits and standing orders, or through other online services. 

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