Most generous city: Manchester leads way and donates more to charity than anywhere else in England

By Glen Keogh

Figures from a recent campaign show Manchester is the most generous city in England when it comes to supporting local charities.’s recent Grow Your Tenner initiative saw 25% of all donations made to Manchester charities and community groups with five of the top ten charities who benefitted coming from the Manchester area.

Grow Your Tenner used a pot of £500,000 from the Office for Civil Society to match £10 of every donation made to participating charities on 

The campaign raised a total of £1.2million for over 1,000 small local charities and community groups in England.

Ali Rothwell, project manager at Reuben’s Retreat, a charity from the top ten to benefit, said: “The additional cash from the campaign has helped us stay on track with our targets which for a newly found charity is amazing!

“All donations take us closer to our primary goal which is to open a retreat in the North West of England where families facing the serious illness or loss of a child can take respite breaks.

“The retreat will also serve as a support and bereavement counselling centre for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Siblings who have lost their precious children.”

Reuben’s Retreat was set up in memory of Reuben Michael Graham, who passed away aged 23 months after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancerous brain tumour.

The support the campaign has given to charities in the area due to the generosity of Mancunians has been a huge success. Founder, Marcelle Speller, OBE, who was born in Manchester, said:  “This is a fabulous result for my home town.

“I always knew we were a generous bunch, and this proves it’s true. Grow Your Tenner was a huge success around England, but nothing came close to the energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by Mancunians.”

The closest rival to Manchester came in with just 4,906 donations.

There were over 10,000 individual donations to charities from the Manchester area.

Picture courtesy of Mindful One, with thanks.

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