JustGiving has spoken out about ‘misinformation’ being spread about whether they are taking a huge slice of Captain Tom Moore’s incredible £30m fundraiser.
The war veteran captivated hearts across the world with his 100 laps of his garden challenge, pledging any money raised to go to the NHS.
Tom, who turned 100 yesterday and was promoted to honorary colonel for the occasion – spoke of his joy at the “fabulous figure” raised.
But rumours have been circulating that the fundraising site is keeping £2 million commission of Tom’s total on a series of Facebook posts that have been liked and shared thousands of times.
The coronavirus outbreak has left many people across Greater Manchester struggling for access to food, basics and other support. Many of them are self-isolating, often in fragile health and alone.
Public services have been working hard to find and help them, but we know they are over-stretched and working round the clock.
So the Manchester Evening News and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity have launched Covaid-19 – a fundraiser aimed at supporting those who most need help, from elderly people with no support network to homeless families living in hotels.
The money will be distributed via the mayor of Greater Manchester’s charity.
You can donate by visiting our JustGiving page here.
JustGiving say they abolished platform fees and moved to a voluntary contributions model in March 2019.
They said: “Our team was very proud to host his campaign on JustGiving and we were inspired to make the biggest donation in our history, of £100,000, to NHS Charities Together – in Captain Tom’s name.
“We’re aware that some people are not familiar with how JustGiving’s fee structure works and there has been some misinformation circulating online about our fees.”
A spokesperson for the company told the Manchester Evening News that 97 percent of all funds raised by Captain Tom will go directly to NHS Charities Together.
The other three per cent breaks down into site and staff costs as well as a “small processing fee” of 1.9% + 20p is applied to donations which covers card payment charges.
The company also pledged a donation of £100,000 to Tom’s campaign.
The spokesperson said: “97 percent of all funds raised by Captain Tom will go directly to NHS Charities Together, as with any other charity fundraiser on JustGiving.
“The whole country has been inspired by Captain Tom’s campaign and our team has worked around the clock to support him and the hundreds of thousands of people donating through JustGiving.
“To mark Captain Tom reaching the £10million milestone on Thursday, we made a £100,000 donation to support his campaign.
“Anyone using our platform has the choice to make a voluntary donation to support JustGiving if they choose to. Those donations go towards maintaining the technology that keeps our site running and secure 24/7 but people can of course donate nothing at all if they wish.
“A small processing fee of 1.9% + 20p is applied to donations which covers card payment charges, which are set by external card providers, and the costs of processing millions of donations. This is in line with industry standards.”
Visit Tom’s fundraiser here.