Gift Aid

Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer, please don’t forget to add Gift Aid to your donation which can add 25% more to NASS at no cost to you.

Sign up to Gift Aid

Last year we generated £12,500 from Gift Aid. This could support 2,150 people with axial SpA to receive support and guidance via the NASS Helpline.

Gift Aid

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government initiative that allows donations given to charity to be tax-effective. As soon as you give your permission, by completing our Gift Aid declaration form, we can claim the tax back on your donation.

You qualify for Gift Aid if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a UK taxpayer
  • You pay enough tax*

*You pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains tax at a rate at least equal to the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all all your donations in that tax year, otherwise it is your responsibility to pay the difference.

Sign up to Gift Aid today

Whenever you donate to us, online or over the phone, you’ll be asked if you want to add Gift Aid to your donation.

Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten to add Gift Aid – you can sign up today by filling in this form and returning it by post: 2023 Gift Aid Declaration form updated

Or you can call us on 020 8741 1515.


Does my donation qualify for Gift Aid?

Gift Aid can be claimed on both individual and sponsorship donations provided they are gifts.

Certain donations are not eligible for Gift Aid. If your donations fall into any of the following categories, Gift Aid should not be claimed:

You have been charged an entry fee e.g. a ticket for performance or a sports event
You have bought something
You have entered a competition e.g. a raffle or sweepstake
Your donation is on behalf of someone else or a group of people e.g. collection from work colleagues

Do I qualify for Gift Aid?

You qualify for Gift Aid if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a UK taxpayer
  • You pay enough tax
    I pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains tax at a rate at least equal to the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year, otherwise it is my responsibility to pay the difference.

What if I pay tax at the higher rate?

Are you a higher rate taxpayer? Unlock the full potential of your generosity! Opting for Gift Aid isn’t just about magnifying your impact—it’s a savvy financial decision. By ticking the box, you can reclaim extra percentages, reduce your tax liability, and support people affected by axial SpA. Learn more.

If you pay tax at a rate of 40% or above, you can claim the difference between the higher and basic rate on the total value of your donation. If you want to receive the additional tax relief you must:

  • Include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment Tax Return
  • Ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code

Do I have to make a declaration with every donation?

No. To make it easy for both you and NASS, the declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we’ll continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you’re eligible.

If you’ve changed your name, moved house or no longer qualify for Gift Aid due to a change in tax circumstance, please let us know by calling us on 020 8741 1515 or by emailing

The impact of your support

  • £10 can enable our Helpline team to respond to a call or email and provide guidance and advice to anyone affected by axial SpA.
  • £25 could help provide a pack of NASS guidebooks for a local axial SpA clinic.
  • £50 could help our team provide 1:1 welfare and benefits support for someone living with axial SpA.
  • £100 could help by contributing towards the cost of one of our weekly My AS My Life sessions to help people living with axial SpA manage their symptoms between hospital appointments.
  • £250 could help us run an online session to help up to 20 people learn how to manage symptoms of axial SpA, such as extreme pain, severe exhaustion and poor sleep.

We urgently need your support

Your support for NASS and people with axial SpA is more critical than ever:

  • As the NHS recovers from the pandemic, 67% of people with axial SpA are being left to cope with debilitating pain, exhaustion and fatigue alone.
  • The current economic climate has meant that we have seen a reduction in fundraising income.
  • With a cost-of-living crisis, more people than ever need support to claim life-changing disability benefits they are entitled to.

Axial SpA works silently. We don’t.

Axial SpA is an inflammatory condition of the spine and joints.  Inflammation where muscles attach to the bones, causes extreme pain. It’s an invisible and often misdiagnosed condition. Often leaving people feeling powerless, in increasing pain and extreme exhaustion. If left untreated, it can permanently fuse bones together.

NASS is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with axial SpA. NASS doesn’t receive any statutory funding. We rely on your kindness and generosity, and other people like you, to help us transform the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with axial SpA and help more people live well with the condition sooner.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about signing up to Gift Aid to support NASS, please email or call 020 8741 1515 and press option 2.

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Other ways to fundraise

  • 220k

    Adults in the UK

    1 in 200 of the adult population in the UK have axial SpA (AS). That's twice as many as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

  • 24

    Average age

    Axial SpA (AS) is a condition that affects young people. Symptoms start late teens to early twenties, with the average age of onset being 24.

  • 8.5

    Years to diagnosis

    The current average delay to diagnosis from when symptoms start is 8.5 years, by which irreversible damage to the spine may have occurred.

  • 59%

    Mental health

    59% of people with axial SpA (AS) report experiencing mental health problems compared to 25% of those with musculoskeletal conditions overall.