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We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:



Used by

Expiry period


Stores the number of visits of a user, the time of their first visit, the previous visit and the current visit. It does not contain any personal information and is used on for analytical purposes.

Google Analytics

2 years


This performance cookie stores where a user came from (e.g. search engine, search keyword, link).

Google Analytics

6 months

_ga and _gid

Used to distinguish between website users and Google Analytics

Google Analytics

2 years and 24 hours respectively

_ga_UA-XXXXXXXX-X (where the Xs are replaced by the Google Analytics ID number)

Used to moderate calls to the Google Analytics service

Google Analytics

2 years


Set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only identifies a user if they have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them consent. Checks how long you stay on a site. It does not contain any personal information and is used for analytical purposes.


14 months


Stores whether the user has accepted the cookie message or not.


365 days


Stores whether the user has hidden or shown the contacts filter search



Used for authenticating a user’s session after logging in. Closes when you exit the browser.


Length of browsing session


Tells our infrastructure which server to handle the request.


Length of browsing session


A binary flag which stored whether a user is logged in or not.


Length of browsing session

Ai_session and ai_user

Tracks users as they navigate the website predominately for infrastructure performance insights.


1 day


Keeps track of a donor’s preference to show their name during a Direct Debit.


Length of browsing session

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

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