Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions of the Charities Trust Sponsor Me
Charities Trust, a charity registered with the Charity
Commission, (registration number 327489) and a company limited by
guarantee registered in England, (company number 2142757)
(collectively "Charities Trust", "We", "Our", "Us") operates the
website www.sponsorme.co.uk and other related systems and services.
These are the Terms and Conditions which govern each use you make
of the payment services provided through that website.
These Terms and Conditions apply separately to each single
donation or event fee payment that you make. By confirming on the
Sponsor-Me website that you wish to make a donation or event fee
payment you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions for
1. General Usage
Your use of our Internet sites or any of the products or
services offered on those sites (collectively, the "Services") is
subject to these Terms and Conditions (Terms). Charities Trust
reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time without notice
to you by posting revised Terms on our website. Your use of our
website or Services constitutes your binding acceptance of these
Terms, including any modifications that we make.
Some of our Services may be subject to additional posted
conditions. Your use of those Services is subject to those
conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms by reference.
In the event of an inconsistency between these Terms and any
additionally posted conditions, the provisions of the additional
conditions shall prevail.
Charities Trust has the right, but not the obligation, to take
any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and
for any reason without giving you any prior notice
- Restrict, suspend or terminate your access to all or any part
of the Services.
- Change, suspend or discontinue all or any part of the
- Refuse, move or remove any material that you submit to our
sites for any reason.
- Refuse, move or remove any content that is available on our
- Deactivate or delete your accounts and all related information
and files in your account.
- Establish general practices and limits concerning use of our
You agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party
for taking any of these actions.
You understand and agree that our Services may include
communications such as service announcements and administrative
messages from us or our partners and that these communications are
considered part of the Services.
You will not be able to opt-out of receiving these messages.
2. About Charities Trust and the charities you may support
Any donation which you make using the website will be made to
Charities Trust itself. Charities Trust is a registered charity, so
your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid (see below for more
Although your donation will be made to Charities Trust you can
choose a charity from the list available on the website to which
you would like Charities Trust to pass on the funds raised.
Charities Trust will usually pass on your donation to the nominated
charity in accordance with your wishes, although we retain a final
discretion over whether or not to do so. If for any
reason Charities Trust is unable to pay over the funds to the
nominated charity these will be paid to an alternative
charity. Where a donation is redirected to an
alternative charity Charities Trust will make reasonable efforts to
inform the fundraiser of the change.
Your donation will be allocated to the charity or charities
nominated by the fundraiser, as soon as payment is made. Your
donation plus Gift Aid less Charities Trust's fees will be passed
to a charity and not applied to Charities Trust's own funds.
Donations are passed to charity on a monthly basis using the
BACS payment service. There may be occasions where
donations are held pending further investigations.
If you select a charity which is not already known to Charities
Trust we will contact the charity as part of our verification
process and to request bank details. It may speed up this
process if you inform the charity independently that you have set
up a fundraising page to support them. Please note that
we do not normally pay charities by cheque due to the high costs of
processing. Where we have been unable to pay a charity
by BACs we may issue a cheque but this will be subject to an
additional processing charge (currently £2.50. per cheque) which
will be deducted from the funds raised.
Once a fundraising page has been created and charities selected
you may not amend the charity selection or the percentage split of
the donations received.
Charities Trust is not responsible for any dissatisfaction you
may have about how your chosen charity uses any donation which you
make through the website.
Charities Trust will pass the name and address of fundraisers to
the charity or charities they are supporting.
3. Making donations
You can make donations by following the instructions on the
Sponsor Me website. Donations can be made by debit card or credit
card (including American Express).
Any donations made in currencies other than GBP will be
converted to GBP and you may incur additional fees levied by your
card provider for the transaction.
Once a donation is made using the website, the transaction is
final and cannot be disputed or reversed unless it was made
fraudulently. If you become aware of any fraudulent use of your
debit card or credit card you should report this to your card
operator in accordance with their reporting rules.
Not withstanding the above Charities Trust may at its absolute
discretion agree to refund a donation made in error if the funds
have not been passed to the nominated charity. Where this occurs an
administration fee of £10 will be incurred.
Donations made to sponsor a fundraising activity or event
(sponsorship) cannot be refunded if the activity or event is
cancelled. The donations will be passed to the charity or
charities nominated by the fundraiser on a monthly basis.
When you make a donation, it may be necessary for us to verify
your identity or the details which you have given to us or to
request other information. You agree that you will provide such
information or documents as we may reasonably request from time to
time to enable us to do this.
4. Gift Aid
When you make a donation using the website and confirm that you
are a UK taxpayer in accordance with the requirements of the Gift
Aid scheme from time to time, Charities Trust will reclaim Gift Aid
on your donation under the Gift Aid scheme and add this to your
donation. Further details about this will be given when you use the
website to make a donation. Please note that Charities Trust is not
a financial, tax or accounting adviser and you should not rely on
information on the website to determine the financial, tax or
accounting treatment of any donation which you make using the
website. False Gift Aid declarations may affect your personal
In order for Gift Aid to be claimed donations must be freely
made without the donor or a "connected person" receiving a benefit
in exchange for the donation.
Further information about the Gift Aid scheme can be found on
the HMRC website https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid
including details of how higher rate tax payers can reclaim
additional tax relief on their donations.
If you are fundraising for an Adventure event your attention is
drawn to the particular restrictions on Gift Aid for events of this
Charities Trust is required to pass details of fundraisers and
donors claiming Gift Aid to HMRC and in asking us to claim Gift Aid
you are giving us permission to do.
There is no charge for setting up a fundraising page or
If you do not have a Charities Trust My Giving Account a small
fee of 4% will be deducted from the sum of your donation and any
Gift Aid reclaimed, to cover our administrative costs. If you are a
Charities Trust My Giving Account customer then the amount of the
fee deducted will be in accordance with the existing terms of your
Charities Trust My Giving Account.
If your donation is not eligible for Gift Aid the fee of 4% will
be deducted from the donation alone.
6. Online Services
When registering to fundraise with Sponsor Me you will be asked
to select a password to protect your account. (Users are not
required to register unless setting up their own fundraising event
- you do not need an account to make a donation). Charities Trust
advises that you keep your password secret, and if you believe that
you password may have become lost, stolen, misused, used without
authorisation, or have become known to another person you must
contact us to go through the process of resetting your password. If
you become aware of any fraudulent card use or if it is lost or
stolen you must contact your card provider immediately.
The online services may become temporarily unavailable although
this mostly occurs through planned overnight maintenance. Charities
Trust will endeavour to inform you of any planned downtime or
account suspension through a general notice on our website.
Occasionally the payments service will be interrupted or caused
to fail by unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Charities
Trust, or where we need to act to comply with the Law. We will not
be responsible for the consequences of such events.
7. Site Usage
Charities Trust as the operator of the Sponsor Me website acts
as an intermediary between the charities and the individual or
corporate users of our Services. If Charities Trust requests
registration information from you, you will provide us with true,
accurate, current and complete information. If you are issued with
a password you may not reveal this password to anyone else and you
may not use anyone else's password to access an account that is not
your own. Charities Trust is not responsible for maintaining the
confidentiality of your accounts and passwords beyond the
agreed Privacy Statement. You agree to immediately
notify us of any unauthorised use of your passwords or accounts or
any other breach of security.
You also agree to exit from your accounts at the end of each
session. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage that may
occur if you fail to comply with these requirements.
The technology and the software underlying our sites and the
Services is the property of Charities Trust, our affiliates and our
partners. You agree not to copy, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell,
assign, distribute, reverse engineer, grant a security interest in,
or otherwise transfer the any right to the technology or software
underlying the site of the Services. You agree not to modify the
software underlying our sites or the Services. You agree not to
modify the software underlying our sites in any manner or form or
to use modified version of such software, including (without
limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorised access to our
Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that you will not use
our sites to take any of the following actions:
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate
the legal right of others;
- Publish, post, upload, e-mail, distribute, or disseminate
(collectively, "transmit") any inappropriate, profane, defamatory,
infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content;
- Transmit files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any
other similar software or programs that may damage or adversely
affect the operation of another person's computer, our sites, any
software or hardware, or telecommunications equipment;
- Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any
commercial purpose unless you have our written consent to do
- Transmit surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, spam, unsolicited
advertising or promotional materials, or chain letters;
- Download any file that you know or reasonably should know
cannot be legally obtained in such manner;
- Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other
proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin
or the source of software or other material;
- Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying any
public area within our sites;
- Collect or store personal information about other end
- Interfere with or disrupt our sites, servers, or networks;
- Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited
to, a Charities Trust representative, or falsely state or otherwise
misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- Forge headers or manipulate identifiers or other data in order
to disguise the origin of any content transmitted through our sites
or to manipulate your presence on our sites;
- Take any action that imposes an unreasonably or
disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
- Engage in any illegal activities.
If you choose a username that, in our sole discretion, is
obscene, indecent, abusive or that might otherwise subject us to
public disparagement or scorn, we reserve the right, without prior
notice to you, to automatically change your username, delete your
posts from our sites, deny you access to our sites, or any
combination of these options.
Unauthorised access to our sites is a breach of these Terms and
a violation of the law. You agree not to access our sites by any
means other than through the interface that is provided by
Charities Trust for use in accessing our sites. You agree not to
use any automated means, including, without limitation, agents,
robots, scripts, or spiders, to access, monitor, or copy any part
of our sites, except those automated means that we have approved in
advance and in writing.
Use of our sites is subject to existing laws and legal process.
Nothing contained in these Terms shall limit our right to comply
with governmental, court, and law-enforcement requests or
requirements relating to your use of our sites.
Our sites include a combination of content that we create, that
our partners create, and that our users create. All materials
published on our sites, including, but not limited to, written
content, photographs, graphics, images, illustrations, marks,
logos, sound or video clips, and Flash animation, are protected by
our copyrights or trademarks or those of our partners. You may not
modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of,
reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly
perform, publicly display, or in any way exploit any of the
materials or content on our sites in whole or in part.
You are solely responsible for all materials, whether publicly
posted or privately transmitted, that you upload, post, e-mail,
transmit, or otherwise make available on our sites ("Your
Content"). You certify that you own all intellectual property
rights in Your Content. You hereby grant us, our affiliates, and
our partners a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive,
sub licensable license to use, reproduce, create derivative works
of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transfer,
transmit, distribute, and publish Your Content and subsequent
versions of Your Content for the purposes of (i) displaying Your
Content on our sites, (ii) distributing Your Content, either
electronically or via other media, to users seeking to download or
otherwise acquire it, and/or (iii) storing Your Content in a remote
database accessible by end users, for a charge. This license shall
apply to the distribution and the storage of Your Content in any
form, medium, or technology now known or later developed.
Our site contains content that we create as well as content
provided by third parties. It also includes information about
products and services offered by parties other than Charities
Trust, such as product descriptions, specifications, pricing,
availability, and performance. We do not guarantee the accuracy,
the integrity, or the quality of the content on our sites, and you
may not rely on any of this content. Without limitation, we are not
responsible for postings by users in the user opinion, message
board, or feedback sections of our sites.
You may be exposed to content that you find offensive, indecent,
or objectionable or that is inaccurate, and you bear all risks
associated with using that content. We have the right, but not the
obligation, to remove any content that may, in our sole discretion,
violate these Terms or that is otherwise objectionable.
9. Your privacy
Your privacy is important to us. Please read our Privacy and Cookies Policy to see how we
may use your personal information.
10. 1 Cookies
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your
computer's hard drive through your Web Browser to enable our system
to recognise your browser and to provide features such as online
donations and accessing of account information. The help menu on
the bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser
from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when
you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether.
However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of the website
and we advise that you leave them switched on. Cookies allow our
website to identify you when you visit the home page and if
selected will log you in automatically. As such, take all required
precautions to prevent other users from fraudulently logging on and
using your account especially if using a shared computer/device.
Charities Trust takes no responsibility for the fraudulent access
of your account for this reason.
From any point after you have entered our website we may collect
information about your computer, including where available your IP
address, operating system and browser type, for system
administration. This is statistical data about our users' browsing
actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual. For the
same reason, we may obtain information about your internet usage by
using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your
computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your
computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our website and to
deliver a better and more personalised service. In summary, the
cookies we use enable us:
- To estimate our general audience size and how they use our
- To recognise you when you return to our site
- To store information about your preferences to allow us to
customise our site according to your individual interests
- To speed up your searches
In summary, the cookies will enable us to:
- Track the first and last pages you visit and your total number
of visits to our website
- Track how long you spend on any page existing within our
- Track how you have been visiting our website
- Track how you came to access our website including any keyword
searches, search engine information or referrer
To find out more on cookies generally and about how to restrict
or block the cookies this site uses, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Please note that if you restrict or block cookies this website
uses, this may reduce the performance and usability of the
10.2 Changes to our Privacy and Cookies Policy
Any changes we may make to our Privacy and Cookies Policy in the future
will be posted on this page. Please check this page from time to
time to ensure that you are aware of any changes to our Privacy and
Cookies Policy. Your continued use of this website will be deemed
to signify your acceptance to any changes to our Privacy and
Charities Trust's website may contain links to websites of third
parties. Charities Trust is not responsible for the privacy
practices, the content or the product or service offerings of any
third party website.
11. Failure to Comply with these Terms
If you break these Terms and Conditions we reserve the right at
our sole discretion, with or without notice, to delete any content
and to prohibit you from using all or part of the Services.
The names Sponsor Me, sponsorme.org, sponsorme.co.uk, Charities
Trust, the Sponsor Me logo and any other products or Services that
we may provide through our website are property of Charities Trust
or our partners and affiliates. As such they may not be used in
connection with any other product that is not Charities Trust's,
nor in any manner that may present Charities Trust in a bad light,
cause confusion or disparage or discredit Charities Trust. Other
logos or trademarks that appear on the Sponsor Me website are
normally (but not exclusively) owned by charities. They must not be
used without explicit consent from both the charity and Charities
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold Charities Trust
and all of our officers, directors, employees, agents, information
providers, affiliates, partners and licensors (collectively, the
"Charities Trust Parties") harmless from and against any and all
liability, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys' fees)
incurred by any Charities Trust party in connection with any claim,
including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, violation of
rights of publicity/or privacy, copyright infringement, or
trademark infringement arising out of:
- Your use of our sites;
- Any use or alleged use of your accounts or your passwords by
any person, whether or not authorised by you;
- The content, the quality, or the performance of content that
you submit to our sites;
- Your connection to our sites;
- Your violation of these Terms; or
- Your violation of the rights of any other person or
- We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume defence and
control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us,
and you agree to cooperate with our defence of these claims.
We disclaim any responsibility for the deletion, the failure to
store, the misdelivery, or the untimely delivery of any information
or material. We disclaim any responsibility for any harm resulting
from downloading or accessing any information or material on the
Internet using search results from our sites. We disclaim any
responsibility for, and if you subscribe to one of our fee-based
services you will not be entitled to a refund as a result of, any
service outages that are caused by our maintenance on the servers
or the technology that underlies our sites, failures of our service
providers (including telecommunications, hosting, and power
providers), computer viruses, natural disasters or other
destruction or damage of our facilities, acts of nature, war, civil
disturbance, or any other cause beyond our reasonable control.
WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT OUR SITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR
FREE. IN ADDITION, WE DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE CONTENT ON
OUR SITES. OUR SITES AND THEIR CONTENT ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS
IS, AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ANY MATERIAL THAT YOU DOWNLOAD OR
OTHERWISE OBTAIN THROUGH OUR SITES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POTENTIAL
DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM
YOUR DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NEITHER WE NOR ANY OF OUR
PARTNERS MAKES ANY WARRANTY THAT (i) OUR SITES WILL MEET YOUR
REQUIREMENTS, (ii) OUR SITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE,
OR ERROR FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE
OF OUR SITES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY
PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL THAT YOU
PURCHASE OR OBTAIN THROUGH OUR SITES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS,
AND (v) ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED. NEITHER WE NOR ANY OF OUR
PARTNERS MAKES ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO OUR SITES, ANY CONTENT, OR ANY OF OUR
SERVICES, TOOLS, PRODUCTS, OR PROPERTIES. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT
YOU WILL ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND THE
PERFORMANCE OF OUR SITES AND THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ITS
NEITHER WE NOR OUR PARTNERS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT
OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE OUR SITES, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN
ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
15. Governing law
These terms of service are governed by English law and are
subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.