Support The Songwriting Charity When You Shop Online!


Support The Songwriting Charity When You Shop Online!

Remember! When you are buying Christmas presents online, make sure that you generate a free cash donation for The Songwriting Charity with every purchase via There are over 600 of the most popular retail stores taking part in the scheme making it so easy for you to make difference without it costing you a penny more than the normal purchase price of your item. Whether you’re purchasing insurance policies, a new iPad, clothes, furniture from John Lewis, downloading tracks from iTunes or booking a weekend away at Premier Inn, doing it through The Giving Machine will help trigger those all-important donations to charities like us and many others.

Givers like you have raised a magnificent £475 so far…. just by shopping online via >> The Giving Machine! << so right through the busy Christmas shopping period (and beyond for that matter!), keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll keep turning your gesture into meaningful and sustainable action with those that matter, our beneficiaries!

Why I Give To Charity?

Giving to charity has become more important to me since I became a parent myself. We do not choose the cards we are dealt at birth and for some, life is far more of a struggle, than it should be.

I give to charity because I believe that I am no different to anyone else, I’m just fortunate, and I feel that by ‘giving’, whether it be my time, or in a small financial way, I can help make a real difference to someone in need.

I first heard about the Nathan Timothy Foundation – ‘The Songwriting Charity’ whilst attending a ‘Matt Cardle’ gig last summer. The Songwriting Charity were the chosen beneficiary of the money kindly raised, through the sale of a small number of VIP ‘meet and greet’ tickets. However, it has been via ‘Twitter’ that I have learnt of the invaluable work they do, helping young people to express themselves and deal with a variety of issues, through their songwriting workshops. Not being local, nor hugely wealthy, I was unsure what, if any help I could be, however, it soon became apparent that any ‘retweeting’ or sharing of their posts on social networking sites, was greatly appreciated and from there our friendship has grown. Now, whenever I shop online, I go through ‘The Giving Machine’, donating where possible, a % of my total spend to The Songwriting Charity and also donate my small change to them, once a month, via online site ‘Ploink’.

These small acts on my behalf, are not only used almost immediately by The Songwriting Charity for their work, but are genuinely appreciated by them and they are exceptional at thanking all those, who help them help others.  It is a ‘relationship’ that I not only value, but one in which I feel valued too.

Helen Hannam

And from everyone at The Songwriting Charity, a big thank you to Helen Hannam for sharing her thoughts with the world! Helen, you’re a star!

Summer time, and the giving is easy!!!!


The Nathan Timothy Foundation, the Songwriting Charity, is signed up to the online fundraising portal TheGivingMachine™. We hope to raise much needed income to support the charity’s wellbeing work which is centred around the delivery of songwriting workshops in schools and community groups for children and young people from five to 25 through the innovative online shopping scheme developed by four dads in Bishop’s Stortford.

A member of the Institute of Fundraising, TheGivingMachine™ taps into the multi-billion pound online retail market by providing a website for shoppers to buy from over 100 leading retailers. Every time they shop, a percentage of the sale is turned into a donation on behalf of the shopper and given to their chosen UK charity and/or school – at no cost to the shopper. The not-for-profit scheme launched nationally in 2007 and is already raising regular income for over 600 charities and schools across the UK.

The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation – ‘The Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. All of our one-day workshops are unique, presenting children with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas both individually and as a team – evaluating their progress and actively supporting the progress of their friends every step of the way. We are the #1 charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting. We were attracted to TheGivingMachine™ because of its ease of use, guaranteed regular income and the organisation’s transparency.

We also love the choice of retailers, the special offers available for our supporters and the fact that the team at The Giving Machine are friendly, helpful and always very supportive in their efforts to help us attract more support.

The fact of the matter is that we are all doing so much shopping online. If just 100 of our supporters shopped via TheGivingMachine, we could raise well over £1,000 a year of additional income! We have over 2000 Facebook supporters and if they all shopped via the Giving Machine…. well, it would make a huge difference!

To raise money for our charity, simply go to then join as a Giver/Shopper & select the Nathan Timothy Foundation as one of your beneficiaries. You can then shop via TheGivingMachine™ and support the wellbeing of children in your local schools, communities and beyond!