BEDFORD REVEALED AS THE UK’S MOST GENEROUS
It’s what we might have suspected, but
official figures reveal Bedford is the UK’s most generous town.
This is according to data gathered by donation
site JustGiving which compiled its list based on the number of
givers and the amount donated in relation to populations. Of those
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.
Cambridge and Reading were denied top spot by
Bedford with Brentwood, Woking, Aberdeen (the only non-English
representative), Cheltenham, High Wycombe, Watford and Bristol
making up the top 10 ranked towns. This was determined by
calculating how much a town had donated via the site – adjusted to
account for the number of donors relative to the population
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
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.
“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
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.