Donations & Fundraising

The work of GIST Cancer UK is supported by donations from its supporters.

We very much appreciate the efforts of all our supporters and fundraisers. The money you raise helps us to continue to support GIST patients and fund research into GIST cancer. The charity is run by volunteers, and receives no government funding.

If you’d like information or support for fundraising please contact us at

How to Donate:

Donate On Line via Just Giving

"BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE" - One donation, twice the impact!

We are very excited to have been selected to participate in the “Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020”, which is the UK’s largest matched funding campaign. Thank you “The Hospital Saturday Fund” for being our champion!

Our fundraising project  Supporting GIST Cancer patients through the Covid19 pandemic is aiming to make up the shortfall in our income due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We need your help to continue supporting GIST patients and their families while investing in research to improve treatments and ultimately find a cure for this devastating disease.

What happens during the Christmas Challenge?

Donations made via our project page: between 12 noon on December 1st and 8th will be matched. This means that your donation will be doubled and have twice the impact!

All you need to do is:

At 12 noon on 1st December make your donation via the button on our campaign page when the campaign goes live! 

If you make your donation on another day up to 8th December, please try and make it early in the day to ensure there are sufficient funds left to match your donation.

Please note: the donation button will appear on our campaign page when the challenge launches (any donations made before 12 noon on December 1st will not be matched).

With just a short time to go before the start, we are excited see how many famous faces are involved in this year's BIG GIVE video...





Join the 20:20 Challenge for GIST Cancer UK!

We have joined forces with 19 other less common cancer charities to create a unique & exciting 20-day challenge called the 20for20 Challenge to raise funds to make up the shortfall in our income due to the pandemic. Funds that are vital to enable us to continue with our work.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment, which could lead to as many as 35,000 additional deaths in the UK. With more than 55,000 cancer patients in England waiting for key tests, the emotional and practical support provided by rare cancer charities such as GIST Cancer UK, is needed now more than ever. As the need for our services increases, the donations that we depend upon have decreased.

The 20for20 Challenge will launch on Sunday 20th September and runs until 31st December 2020.

We’re asking you to join in and complete a challenge (big or small) each day for 20 days in this two month period to raise funds for GIST Cancer UK, and record your progress either on our ready-made 20for20 calendar or you can use our template to create your own calendar. GIST Cancer UK branded calendars are available by clicking on the pictures to the right:-       

Your challenge can be anything from:

  • jogging or cycling for 20 minutes (or 20 miles)
  • to making and sending a postcard to 20 friends or
  • baking 20 treats for family and friends

So whether you’re 4 or 94 there is something for everyone…just follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1- Head to and select GIST Cancer UK so that you can use our 20for20 Just Giving page or set up your own fundraising page.
  • Step 2- Choose your calendar- either the 20for20 calendar or the template to create your own calendar (as above).
  • Step 3- Start your challenge and ask all your friends and family to sponsor you- they can DONATE HERE or on your own Just Giving page
  • Step 4- Get social- share photos using #20for20 and nominate your friends to join you

Just 20 days to help raise funds to enable GIST Cancer UK to continue investing in research and supporting GIST patients and their families.

For more information head to

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, we’re here to help!

Send a Cheque to our Treasurer

Send a Cheque Donation

Make your cheque payable to: "GIST Cancer UK".  Alternatively if you want your donation to go particularly to the PAWS GIST area of our work, please make your cheque payable to "GCUK (PAWS-GIST)".

Please also indicate if you want us to treat your donation as GiftAid.

Cheques should be sent to:

The Treasurer, GIST Cancer UK, 5 Monks Way, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 7ER

Join our "1000 hours for GIST" project

Our "1000 hours for GIST" project is to encourage 1,000 busy people who wish to help, to sign up and donate one hour (or equivalent) of their wages each month.

Every penny raised enables us to continue to support patients, raise awareness and fund GIST cancer research. GIST Cancer UK banks with HSBC and you can help and donate by:

Setting up a standing order with your bank to donate to the GIST Cancer or PAWS-GIST Funds as follows:

Account Name:       GIST Cancer UK                     PAWS-GIST
Account number:    90078689                                20345547
Sort code:                40-41-57                                  40-41-57

Please quote either "GCUK 1000 Hours" or "PAWS-GIST 1000 hours" as a reference.

Text Giving

We have set up a Text Giving service using the fundraising platform DONATE.


To make a text donation to GIST Cancer UK please text:

  • GIST to 70970   (to donate £5)
  • GIST to 70191   (to donate £10)

To make a text donation to PAWS-GIST please text:

  • PAWS to 70970   (to donate £5)
  • PAWS to 70191   (to donate £10)

Text donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at standard network rates. For Terms & Conditions, see

Our posters promoting this service can be downloaded by clicking the images above.


If you'd like to raise funds for GIST Cancer UK, please get in touch!

Email us at and we can provide you with a fundraising pack and advice and support for your event or challenge.

We’re registered with online donation platforms including VirginMoneyGiving  and JustGiving. You can also raise money using our sponsor form that can be downloaded sponsorform.

Looking for a challenge? If you would like to take part in an organised event or have a particular challenge in mind, please get in touch. We can provide advice and help on how to register and provide support for your fundraising.

We're delighted to offer charity places for some of the UK’s great sporting events such as the London marathon and RideLondon-Surrey 100. Whether you’re looking for a place in an event, or you already have a place in an event we’d love to hear from you and welcome you to #TeamGIST!

Take part in RideLondon!

Join over 20,000 cyclists on this closed road (aka car free) event through the iconic sights of London and the surrey hills. This event is a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic road race, so you’re following the tracks of cycling greats!

We have charity places each year and would love for you to join our team!

We’ll supply you with a GIST Cancer UK cycling vest and have a loud support team to cheer you on during the day. For more information on the RideLondon visit:

To register your interest in this event or for more details on our charity places please contact:

Take part in other organised events (Marathons, Triathlons etc)

If you'd like to support GIST Cancer UK by taking part in an organised event or particular challenge, and would like advice or help to register please do let us know and we'll be happy to help you where we can! You can download a pdf version of our Sponsorship form here.

We're delighted to offer charity places for some of the UK’s great sporting events. If you already have a place in an event we’d love to hear from you and welcome you to #TeamGIST!

If an event you’re interested in isn’t listed here, or you’re looking for further inspiration, please contact and we’ll do all we can to help.

Organise Your Own Charity Event

Our amazing supporters over the last few years have organised hugely successful events such as Summer Garden Parties, quiz Nights, fish & chip suppers, coffee mornings and taken part in sponsored cycle rides, marathons and swimathons on our behalf.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event that you'd like to discuss with us - we would love to hear from you. 

Please contact us at 

Employer & Business Led Funding

You may be able to double or even triple the impact of the funds you have raised with matching donations from your employer.

Please talk to your human resources department to find out if your company will match your donations made to GIST Cancer UK.


Payroll giving enables employees to give to a charity straight from their gross salary (before tax is deducted). The scheme allows employees to give more for less as the tax that would normally be paid to the government can be gifted to the charity too. It allows employers to contribute to sustainable corporate social responsibility initiatives.



How does it work?
• The individual (who must be on PAYE) decides on the amount and the charity/charities that should receive it and informs their payroll department.
• The employer must have set up a relationship with a Payroll Giving Agency (PGA). PGAs are registered charities, regulated by HMRC, who receive the donations and transfer donations from employers to charities.
• The majority of employers who offer Payroll Giving do so alongside Pennies from Heaven as they want to make sure they offer all staff a way to donate through pay. PFH donations are less than a pound so particularly appeal to part time or lower paid workers. Traditional Payroll Giving schemes are more popular with people employed in more senior positions and those on higher salaries.
Further details are available here


you can sign up with organisations such as Charities Trust www, or Charitable Giving and select GIST Cancer UK as your charity of choice.

Pennies from Heaven (PFH) is the UK's largest micro giving scheme for employees and pensioners. Quite simply employees / pensioners sign up once and from then on every payslip is rounded down to the nearest pound with the pennies donated to charity e,g. if net pay was £850.34 then 34p would be donated.


How does it work?
• The most you can ever give is 99p every time you are paid, the taxman will add 25% at no cost to the donor or employer.
• Each employer chooses one or more charities to which all staff and pensioners donate to.
• Every month employers send PFH the donations for distribution to the nominated charities
• PFH is particularly suitable for larger employers (between 700 & 1,000 staff)
• Employers can also donate to the chosen charities on a Matched Giving Basis
• PFH allows employers to bring their team together to achieve a common goal

Click here for further information...


Pennies – the Digital Charity Box, facilitates charity donations when paying by card online or face-to-face. The company e.g. a retailer, restaurant or pub chain picks a charity and offers customers the option of rounding or topping up their bill when paying electronically.


How does it work?
• Retailers must have the potential to raise a minimum of £10k per annum, so we are looking for a business with several outlets and/or a large on-line shop.
• Pennies works in the background and there are no set-up or ongoing costs.
• The customer is presented with a one click option asking if they wish to donate on the card machine so staff don’t need to prompt.
• Many payment technology providers now offer Pennies in their products, it can also be offered in apps, as well as online and in-store.
Click here for further details

Can you help?

The Trustees at GIST Cancer UK are looking for employers who are able to support us by offering the schemes described above, so if you know a business that might be able to help, please contact

We will be very happy to talk to them and explain how the schemes work! Thank You for your support.

Ways We Can Help With Your Fundraising:

Our online fundraising tools enable you to set up personalised fundraising pages quickly and easily, using either JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving. However if it's paper sponsorship forms you prefer, you can download one easily here . We can also help by supplying printed T-shirts, running vests, balloons, collecting tins and a range of awareness raising posters & flyers. Our dedicated fundraising co-ordinator will help you with any aspects of your GIST Cancer UK or PAWS-GIST fundraising.

Click brochure images below to download our Fundraising Information Packs: 


If you would like to discuss any of your fundraising ideas with us, please do get in touch with us at:

If you wish to raise funds for our PAWS-GIST initiative please contact us at or visit for more information.

Other ways to Donate:


Do you have any items you would like to sell? You can sell items on Ebay and donate a chosen portion of the sale price (between 10 and 100%) to GIST Cancer UK. The proportion of the sale price that is donated to GIST Cancer UK is then free of sellers fees!


Don’t forget, if you’re eligible for GiftAid to select this option on your PayPal account.

Raise money for us while you shop!

You can now help us raise money for GIST Cancer UK and PAWS-GIST by shopping online too!

Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,600 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS,, eBay, Boden, and M&S.

Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for GIST Cancer UK or PAWS-GIST every time, it’s that easy!

Click on the banner images below to find out more...

     Fundraise for GIST Cancer UK

           Fundraise for PAWS-GIST

Easy Fundraising - Collect FREE funds for us every time you shop online!

Don't send me a card

Looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to paper waste from greetings cards?

Or have you missed the last post to get a card there in time?

We’re registered with  where you can send e-cards and donate the money you would have spent on a card to GIST Cancer UK!


Amazon Smile

We’re registered with Amazon Smile.

If you start your Amazon shopping at Amazon Smile,  Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to GIST Cancer UK.


Leave a Legacy Gift...

Legacies are an important source of income for GIST Cancer UK, helping to fund research into this rare cancer and ensuring our good work continues. If you are thinking of writing a Will, we are happy to help but if you already have a Will and would like to include a gift to GIST Cancer UK (sometimes called a legacy), there may not be any need to rewrite your Will. After honouring your loved ones first, the donation can be as small or large as you like - every gift makes a big difference and helps GIST Cancer UK. Thank you.

If you’d like to discuss other ways to raise funds for GIST Cancer UK please contact us at