FAQs

Frequently asked questions..

Why is cardiovascular disease so prevalent in the UK?
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We have become a lazy country, prone to eating more than we need to survive. Recent research has uncovered that only 67 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women aged 16 and over met the new recommendations for aerobic activity, while our average daily intake of calories is considerably more than most of us need to survive. Obesity and diabetes are major precursors of cardiovascular disease with 64% of adults are either overweight or obese. The UK now leads Europe in the speed in which we’ve been putting on weight. 

When will I receive a tax receipt for my donations?
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A tax receipt will be sent after the end of the financial year for all regular donations. One-off donations will be receipted as soon as they are received. If you have provided an email address, your receipt will be sent by email, otherwise by mail. By providing us with your email address, you can help us keep our administrative costs down and leave more funds available for scientific research.

Are donations to the Heart Research Institute (UK) tax deductible?
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If you pay Income Tax at 40% or 45% you can claim back the difference between the tax you’ve paid on the donation and what the charity got back (see Gift Aid below) when you fill in your Self Assessment tax return. If you don’t fill in a Self-Assessment tax return, you can contact HM Revenue and Customs to tell them about your charity donations. If you get higher Personal Allowances or a Married Couple’s Allowance, donations you make through Gift Aid may mean your tax-free allowances increase if:
          • you get a higher tax-free Personal Allowance because you were born before 6 April 1948
          • you claim Married Couple’s Allowance

Can I 'Gift Aid' my donation?
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You can increase the value of your charity donations by choosing to donate through Gift Aid if you’re a UK taxpayer.
How does Gift Aid work?
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As a taxpayer, you’ll already have paid tax on any money you donate to charity. When you donate, the charity will ask you whether you want donate through Gift Aid - if you do, they’ll be able to claim back the tax you originally paid at the basic income tax rate of 20%.

For example, if you earn £125 and £25 tax is deducted from this at the basic income tax rate of 20%, you are left with £100. If you the donate the £100 to charity through Gift Aid, HRI UK can claim an extra £25 (the tax you paid at basic rate) from the government to make your total donation £125.

What is a legacy?
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A legacy is a gift made to The Heart Research Institute from your Estate, through a mention in your Will. Gifts in the form of a legacy to The Heart Research Institute help accelerate the vital research projects we undertake and support new methods of detecting, preventing and treating heart disease. It is your legacy for helping future generations to enjoy a longer and more fulfilling life.

Many people, particularly those who have supported organisations during their lifetime, choose to leave legacies of varying forms and sizes to one or a number of organisations. Leaving a legacy in your will is a way of ensuring that after you have remembered your own loved ones, you can continue to support the causes that are special to you, even after you have gone. Arranging a legacy is quite straightforward. It can be included when you first make your Will or be added to your existing Will as a codicil. Find out more information here

What is The Heart Research Institute’s Charity Registration Number and address?
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The Heart Research Institute (UK) Charity Registration No is 1116918.

Address:

Heart Research Institute (UK)
Bankside 300, Peachman Way
Broadland Business Park
Norwich NR7 OLB

Why are donations from the general public so vital?
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While we receive some funding from the state and federal governments, more than 80% of our income comes from the general public. We have a number of fundraising programs and it is thanks to loyal supporters at various levels that we are able to continue our work. Regardless of the size of the financial commitment, our donors’ assistance remains vital in helping to achieve our ultimate goal of a future without heart disease.

What percentage of HRI's income comes from government grants?
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Our state-of-the art research has enabled us to win a number of very competitive research grants. As a not-for-profit organisation, we generate the majority of our funds from the general public via our fundraising campaigns. Currently we receive about 15-20% of our income from grants. 

How does the work of our researchers impact the lives of everyday people in the UK and what are HRI’s long-term goals?
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Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, responsible for 224 deaths a day in the UK alone. Better detection methods – like using ultrasound to detect atherosclerosis, a technique pioneered by the HRI’s Clinical Group – and better treatments – such as the improved stents being developed by the Translational and Immunobiology Groups – can have a huge impact on the everyday lives of those living in the UK, due to loved ones being spared from heart disease.

How does the HRI raise funds from public donations?
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Our income from public donations is mainly received from individuals who make regular monthly donations to support our work. Most people hear about our work from our door-to-door fundraisers, and we also run direct mail and telephone fundraising appeals. Some activities are run by our small in house fundraising team, others are outsourced where they can be more cost-efficiently run by doing so. In total over 80% of our income comes from the public through these activities and provides a vital independent source of income. We are incredibly grateful for such strong financial support from the UK community.

Who might call you?
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The Heart Research Institute contacts our supporters by telephone throughout the year for a number of fundraising appeals – usually either a donation, raffle ticket sale or merchandise sale. If you have any questions about a fundraising call that you’ve received please email us at support@hriuk.org
My personal information: how is my privacy protected?
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Your privacy is important to us and is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information HRI holds remains confidential and do not sell, rent or lease the personal information we hold to anyone for any purpose other than where you have consented or where we are authorised by law to do so. You can find out more by reading our Privacy Policy

How do I identify HRI fundraisers?
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Speaking with a fundraiser is one of the most common ways that potential supporters hear about our work. They are easy to identify, with HRI-branded ID badges showing their name, identification number and HRI’s contact details, and wear a t-shirt or jumper with the HRI logo clearly visible. They collect credit card or direct debit information only and never ask for cash. If you have spoken with a fundraiser and have any questions at all, or would like to provide feedback, please email support@hriuk.org

How can I donate?
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Online: Donate securely via credit card online.

Bank Transfer: You can deposit money directly into our account using the following details:

Account Name: Heart Research Institute (UK)
Bank: Clydesdale Bank  
Sort code: 826-003
Account number: 70021857

Please email support@hriuk.org to let us know the donation amount, date of deposit, and your name, phone number and address so we can ensure that you're acknowledged correctly.

Why do you use face-to-face and telephone fundraising?
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Put simply, it works. Face-to-face fundraising is a well-established initiative for the Heart Research Institute that has proven to be the most cost-effective method for us to communicate with the public and recruit valuable long-term supporters. Regular donations help us build a reliable stream of funding to maintain and expand our crucial research into heart disease. Our fundraisers have doubled the number of regular givers over the years. The value of a regular gift via direct debit or credit card cannot be overstated. The long-term security of these donations allows us to plan ahead with confidence. These campaigns also attract a diverse range of supporters, many of whom we have not been able to reach through traditional methods such as direct mail. For example, our street fundraising has led to a marked rise in the number of young supporters who are committed to long-term giving.
Can I give a regular gift to HRI?
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Regular monthly donations to The Heart Research Institute are an investment in the future of your family and other citizens. It’s a vital source of income for us and one that means we can plan and invest in long-term research goals for the future. You can sign up for a regular gift online or by signing up with an HRI fundraiser in your local area. You will receive ONE tax receipt for your total monthly donations after the end of the financial year.

How does regular giving work?
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Regular giving is an easy and flexible way to support The Heart Research Institute on an ongoing basis. Each month your chosen amount is automatically debited from your credit card or bank account. You can increase, decrease or cancel your monthly donation at any time.

Why are regular ongoing donations the most effective way to support heart research?
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All donations are gratefully accepted and make an important contribution to heart research. Regular monthly donations are vital as they help us to plan for the future by allowing scientists to devote more of their time to science and less to applying for grants and raising funds. Regular giving gives us certainty and continuity in an unpredictable funding environment and provides us with an independent source of funding. Put simply, regular donations allow great science to flourish. 

How do I cancel my regular gift with The Heart Research Institute (UK)?
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If you'd like to cancel your monthly donations, please call your bank directly, as well as call our helpline listed on your sign up form.

Is cancer now the UK's and the world’s biggest killer?
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Cardiovascular disease, which encompasses heart attack and stroke, still kills more people every year than any other condition, including cancer. The publicity you might have heard recently compared cancer to ‘heart attack’ only. Cardiovascular disease is still the UK's (and the world’s) number one killer.

Who can I contact if I have a further question?
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For further information please email support@hriuk.org