Gift Aid FAQs

If you didn't know already, Gift Aid is a great way to donate and support the charity, by allowing the Gatwick Aviation Museum to claim the tax back on the whole amount paid towards the price of your ticket as part of the Government’s Gift Aid Scheme.


We are of course enormously grateful to receive every donation regardless of its value, and every person who supports us is contributing to the preservation of the museum, our exhibits and the many projects we do that safeguard British aviation heritage.

In the meantime, here are our Gift Aid FAQs to help answer any burning questions you may have. If you can't find what you are looking for email us

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Gift Aid Explained

What is Gift Aid

Gift Aid is an HMRC scheme which allows charities to reclaim the basic rate tax you’ve paid as a UK taxpayer - an extra 25p for every £1 of the total paid. It really does make a huge and vital difference to charities like us.

Who is eligible for Gift Aid

Everybody is welcome to make a donation to the Gatwick Aviation Museum and as a charity we rely on support from a wide range of sources including membership subscriptions, grants and legacies to carry out our preservation, restoration and education work. However, only UK taxpayers can fill in the Gift Aid declaration which will enable us to make the claim from the Government.

Where does the money go

Making a donation today will enable the charity to:

  • Protect, preserve and restore the heritage and legacy of the Gatwick Aviation Museum, for the enjoyment and education of all ages;
  • Inspire young people, through the Gatwick Aviation Musuem story and heritage, to appreciate and pursue careers in engineering, science and technology;
  • Build a secure financial future for this most important of motoring and aviation heritage sites.
If you have any further questions about Gift Aid when you visit please ask any member of staff who will be happy to help. Alternatively if you require further information please do not hesitate to contact our finance department or visit the HMRC website. You can also emails at for more information.

Do I have to pay Gift Aid

No you don't. Payment of the additional 10% donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please select this option if pre-booking tickets online, ior advise our staff at the till point when you visit. *Please note: Due to the on-going pandemic, all tickets must be booked in advance online.

When can't GAMC claim for Gift Aid?

There are several areas in which GAMC cannot claim for Gift Aid:

  • Payments for goods and services
  • Donations of money recieved from a company
  • Gifts made on behalf of other people, for example, a membership subscription paid on behalf of somebody else
  • Gifts that come with a condition about repayment
  • Gifts that come with a condition that the charity buys goods or services from the donor
  • payments received in return for goods or services for example admission to a concert or a fee for a sponsored challenge
  • A ‘minimum donation’ where there is no choice about payment
  • Gifts made using ‘charity vouchers’ or ‘charity cheques’
  • Donations received before the date that HMRC accepts your organisation as a CASC or a charity for tax purposes

GAM & Gift Aid

Why should I pay Gift Aid on top of the entry fee

The rules governing Gift Aid on admissions to charitable attractions like the Gatwick Aviation Museum changed from 6 April 2006. The Government’s new rules state that we’re only able to claim Gift Aid on daily admission tickets if visitors donate at least 10% more than the standard admission fee. The Gatwick Aviation Museum is an independent body and a registered charity that does not receive any revenue from Government or local authority. The Museum therefore depends heavily upon donations to carry out its important work.