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The most generous places in the UK, according to GoFundMe

Manchester is the most generous location in the UK, according to GoFundMe
Manchester is the most generous location in the UK, according to GoFundMe

Manchester has retained its title as the most generous place in the UK for the second year running after more than 43,000 donations were made from the city alone.

A GoFundMe report said there has been one donation made every second on the fundraising website in 2023.

This year, many British donors hosted fundraising campaigns for those displaced by conflicts and natural disasters.

On donations made, Manchester tops the list of the top five most generous locations in the UK with 43,135, while Liverpool (36,739), Brighton (19,641), Lisburn (11,122) and Saint Albans (10,474) came in second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The UK was ranked as the third most generous country in the world per capita, with more than four million donations made this year, while Ireland topped that list for the fifth year running with some 650,000 donations from a population of around five million people.

This year, British donors provided funds to people affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, those displaced by the earthquakes in Syria, Turkey and Morocco, and to help those impacted by the various storms that battered the country.

Storm Babet generosity

One notable fundraiser was for victims of heavy flooding in Chesterfield following Storm Babet which saw vehicles submerged and houses flooded.

The fundraiser, organised by a team at Lifehouse Church in the town, raised more than £92,000, from a total of 1,600 donations.

Paul Hollingworth, 48, who has been a senior pastor at Lifehouse Church for 12 years alongside his wife Sarah, 45, said “generosity is still at the heart of the majority of the population” after people around the nation donated to the cause.

“The water came over and that was it; if you were in your home you could have a go at protecting it, if you weren’t, there was nothing you could do,” Mr Hollingworth told the PA news agency.

“We set to work, we kind of forgot about ourselves, and just got on with helping people.”

Tim Cadogan, the chief executive of GoFundMe, said the organisation has celebrated its “billion-pound milestone” of donations raised from the UK since its inception in 2017, and he estimates a quarter of a billion pounds was raised on the platform in 2023 alone – which he said were “incredible numbers”.

Mr Cadogan, who has worked at GoFundMe for three and a half years, added that the combination of the emotional support as well as the financial aid those using the platform receive is “so powerful” and “matters hugely in that sense of solidarity”.