Whichever way you choose to give to Shannon Trust, your generosity will play an important part in helping us deliver our reading programme.

With your support, we can help more people in the criminal justice system turn their lives around by learning to read. There are lots of ways to donate – it can be as simple as shopping online or sending a text.


Text donations

You can easily donate up to £20 to Shannon Trust by texting READING followed by your amount to 70085.

For example, if you text READING 20, you will donate £20.

Payroll giving

By giving through your salary each payday, you can help us continue to provide our reading programme to people in prison and in the community. Payroll Giving is an easy and tax free way to regularly give to Shannon Trust straight from your gross salary, which means your donations will be taken off before you pay tax.

Your regular donations mean we can plan ahead and support even more people to learn to read. If you would like more information on how to set up payroll giving, visit GOV.UK.

Give As You Live

You can give donations to Shannon Trust while doing your online shopping through Give As You Live. It’s a free way to raise money for charity and there are over 5,500 leading stores for you to choose from. Simply go to your chosen store via the Give As You Live website, then shop as normal. 

Sign up for free and start raising funds for Shannon Trust today.

Amazon Smile

If you’re a regular shopper on Amazon, you can sign up to use AmazonSmile which means you’ll also be raising funds for Shannon Trust while shopping as normal. It’s easy to use and can be activated through your web browser or through your Amazon Shopping app.


Generous donations enable us to be innovative in the way we provide the Shannon Trust reading programme, so we can reach even more learners and mentors. 

We know it’s a big decision to make a donation to any charity, so we appreciate any amount of money that you can give. We will make sure we keep you up to date with how your donation is making a difference.

If you have any questions about making a donation, or would like to speak to us about our work, contact fundraising@shannontrust.org.uk

Leave a gift in your Will

By leaving a gift in your Will to Shannon Trust, you will ensure that more people get the opportunity to learn to read in the future. Your donation will help people in prison recognise their full potential and encourage them to build a better life for themselves and their families.    

Before leaving a gift in your Will, we encourage you to speak to a Solicitor so that your wishes are carried out fully. If you need help understanding how to leave a gift to Shannon Trust, you can contact us at fundraising@shannontrust.org.uk.

Donate in memory

We know how important it is for you to honour the memory of the people you love when they pass away. 

Giving in memory is a wonderful way to support a cause that your loved one cared about. You can donate to Shannon Trust by:

  • organising a collection at the funeral
  • fundraising in memory by holding a celebration of life event
  • setting up a regular donation
  • making a one off donation

You can take as much time as you need to decide what’s right for you. Whenever you’re ready, get in touch at fundraising@shannontrust.org.uk and we’ll talk you through the next steps.