Local MP Caroline Dinenage is supporting Local Charites Day on Friday 16 December.

This year, the Office for Civil Society provided £250,000 in match funding to boost Localgiving's 'Grow Your Tenner' and will support the #GiveMe5 campaign which will run on Local Charities Day. This brings the total match funding available for local charities participating in the campaigns to £350,000.

Grow Your Tenner matched one time donations from the public by up to £10 and monthly direct debits by up to £10 for the first three months. #GiveMe5 will give people another opportunity to get involved and support charities in their area by matching 1,000 £5 donations made on Local Charities Day.

Caroline said:

"Local charities are so important to our community and they touch the lives of so many people. The work they do is incredible and Local Charites Day is a great way to put these fantastic organisations in the spotlight and help them to raise a bit of money!"

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

"On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities. We have already done a huge amount of work for small and local charities, reducing regulation and introducing a Bill to parliament which will make Gift Aid even more flexible and generous.

There is more to do, and Local Charities Day and campaigns like Grow Your Tenner give us a chance to ensure that these responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations get the recognition they deserve, helping us build a Britain that works for everyone. I would encourage as many people as possible to donate to a local cause through the 'Grow Your Tenner' campaign, helping us build a compassionate Britain that works for everyone."

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