Scots shell out for charity in poverty poll

Oly Murs is supporting new anti-poverty drive.

Oly Murs is supporting new anti-poverty drive.

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OLLY MURS and Benedict Cumberbatch back new anti-poverty drive as poll conducted by UK poverty charity reveals that people in Scotland are the most likely to donate to charity this Christmas.

In a survey of over 2000 adults, 28 per cent of Scots said they plan on donating this Christmas compared to a national average of 24 per cent.

The figures are released as part of the Turn2us No Cold Homes campaign which is raising money to support those struggling to keep their home warm this winter.

Simon Hopkins, chief executive of Turn2us said: “Christmas is an important time for many and an especially crucial time for charities that rely on those who support good causes.

‘‘Our No Cold Homes campaign, which is raising money to help those struggling to heat their home this winter, is just one way that people can help others this Christmas.

‘‘A third of those struggling won’t speak to friends or family about their situation which is why the role of charities in raising awareness is so important.”

The charity launched its biggest ever celebrity auction last week.

An Armani cardigan from Benedict Cumberbatch, a trademark trilby from singing sensation Olly Murs, and a signed Team GB cycling top from Sir Chris Hoy are amongst the dozens of items being auctioned in support of the campaign.

The Turn2us celebrity clothes auction runs until 9 December.

For more information, please visit www.turn2us.org.uk/NoColdHomes.