How to support us
It doesn’t cost much to make a huge change in someone’s life. A formula created by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics allows us to calculate the full cost of production of each prosthetic and orthotic device. This brings out an average price of £175. That might seem steep, but if you contribute to all costs of producing each device – from imported components and local supplies to labour and utilities – you won’t just get people moving, you’ll also ensure the service continues for future generations, because this pricing model is aimed at making services self-sustaining. Here’s how you can help:
• Make a one-off or regular donation
Online: You can make a one-off or regular donation by credit or debit card simply and securely through:
You can make donation on Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving with or without gift aid, but if you wish to add Gift Aid to a PayPal donation you’ll have to send us a separate Gift Aid form by post to 500 miles, Box 500, 44-46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BF. You can download a form here.
*Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and is therefore the most cost effective of these three online options
By post: To make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to “500 miles” and send it to 500 miles, Box 500, 44-46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BF. Please remember to include a Gift Aid form if you can – you can download one here.
By standing order: If you’d like to make a regular donation by standing order, you can download a form here, fill it in and return it to us – or use it to find our bank details and set it up direct with your bank in the usual way. If you wish to add Gift Aid please send us a separate Gift Aid form by post to 500 miles, Box 500, 44-46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BF. You can download a form here.
• Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can complete a declaration which allows us to claim back tax at the basic rate on every gift you make to us – in other words, we’ll receive an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Click here to download a Gift Aid form. Please send it to us at 500 miles, Box 500, 44-46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BF.
• Get involved
If you’d like to start your own fundraising activity, get in touch and we’ll provide any advice we can – and we’ll make sure that people hear about it via this website. If you would like to collect donations for your activity online, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving both offer secure and easy ways to set this up – but see the note at * above. Just go to our Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving page and follow the instructions. If you need a sponsor form for any kind of event or challenge, you can download one here.
500 miles has recently registered with easyfundraising. It is described as “feel good shopping” because every time you buy something online from a large number of well-known retailers (including Argos, John Lewis, Amazon, Ebay and M&S), you can collect free donations – and it won’t cost you a penny. You can join easyfundraising for 500 miles here. Have a look at the 3,000 retailers involved here.
One Smile is a fund within 500 miles, which is used exclusively to pay for prosthetic and orthotic devices for people in Malawi or Zambia who would not otherwise be able to afford what they need. If you would like your donation(s) or gift to be applied to the One Smile fund please tell us. You can give any amount, monthly, annually or otherwise. Find out more about One Smile here →