Donations & The Legacy Fund

All donations to the club are very much appreciated – thank you.

Donations and fund raisers are a very important ways to generate funds for the improvement of the club and for the benefit of its members.  The use of these funds are tightly managed by members of the Clubs Executive Committee.

The Clubs current fund raising drive is for the Legacy Fund.  The fund will be used to provide security for future rugby player generations by extending the lease of the rugby club grounds and facilities.  The current lease runs out in 2045 and we wish to extend this to 2075.  To do this, it is going to cost the club £65,000 plus VAT. The Club is asking for all members to help raise part of this money and so for this, a Legacy Fund has been launched.  If you have any fundraising ideas that can help us achieve our goals, please email Ty Harris.

Donations from members have already been received and we hope to receive more. To ensure that the club gets the most from your donations, we ask donators to, if they are able to, make a Gift Aid declaration . By doing this we will get an extra 25p for every pound donated.

Donations can be made at any time.  Most donations will be made during the yearly membership subscription process via membership forms, however if you would like to make a donation at another time, please contact Ty Harris for assistance.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a cost effective way of giving to charities such as the Club.

Our thanks to Noel Kelleway, VP & Past 1st XV Captain for his assistance in preparing these
notes. Noel, now retired, was a partner in Chartered Accountants, Rickard Keen & Co.

Gift Aid cannot be claimed in respect of annual subscriptions.


Members can make a donation to the Club via Gift Aid & deduct Basic Rate tax from the sum given. For a donation of (say) £100, tax relief of 20% can be deducted at the present time. The donor pays £80 to the Club and signs a Gift Aid Declaration stating that the amount is a gift subject to Gift Aid.

Our Club Treasurer then makes a claim to HMRC to have the tax deducted paid to the Club. This means that a donor, by making a net gift of £80 has in fact added to the Club’s resources to the tune of £100. The Club receives 25% more than the net sum given. 


Members who pay higher rate tax can not only deduct basic rate tax from their donation but are also entitled to claim higher rate tax relief through the “Other Outgoings” section of their tax return.   

Through the self assessment system, higher rate relief is then given.  A 40% tax payer would make a payment of £80 to WRFC on a £100 donation plus claim a further 20% tax relief through the self assessment system.  In this way the net cost to the member of donating £100 to the Club, is £60.

A 50% taxpayer would receive basic rate relief as described above and also a further 30% tax relief through the self assessment system.  The net cost to the donor is £50 and the Club receives £100.

Our Hon. Treasurer recovers basic tax from HMIT.

This is why approved charitable organisations (Community Amateur Sports Clubs such as Westcliff RFC) are keen to receive Gift Aid donations in addition to Annual Subs.