Information about Our Use of Cookies


‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information stored on the hard drive of a user’s computer which contain information about the user. The information is used to track a visitor’s use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

We may store information about your user preferences (e.g. preferred text sixe) using cookies which we can access when you visit our website in the future. We do this to help enhance your interaction with our website.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies may include analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

We use the following cookies:

1. Strictly necessary cookies


These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.


2. Analytical/performance cookies


They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.


3. Functionality cookies


These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).


4. Targeting cookies


These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Cookie Name Used by Description Expiration
_utma Google Analytics Stores the amount of visits of a user, the time of their first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 2 years from set/update
_utmz Google Analytics This performance cookie stores where a user came from (eg. search engine, search keyword, link). 6 months from set/update
_ga and _gid Google Analytics Used to distinguish between website users in Google Analytics.

2 years and 2 hours

_gat_UA-XXXXXXXX-X (where the Xs are replaced by the Google Analytics ID number) Google Analytics Used to moderate calls to the Google Analytics service. 1 minute
_unam ShareThis Set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors "click-stream" activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only identifies a user if they have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them consent. Checks how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and ends. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes. 14 months
cc_cookie_accept Website Stores whether the user has accepted the cookie message or not. 365 days
ASP.NET_SessionId Website Used for authenticating a user's session after logging in. Closes when you exit the browser. End of session
ARRAffinity Website Tells our infrastructure which server to handle the request. End of session
MemberLoggedIn Website A binary flag which stores whether a user is logged in or not. End of session
ai_session and ai_user Website Tracks users as they navigate the website predominately for infrastructure performance insights. 1 day
DisplayName Website Keeps track of a donors preference to show their name during a Direct Debit. End of session