Are you a woman over the age of 55 who lives in Northern Ireland? You might be one of the UK’s most generous people when it comes to donating to charities when you move house! A recent study by the UK’s largest family owned removals firm Bishop’s Move asked whether, when moving house, any consideration was made to donating any surplus or unwanted goods to charity. The results were then broken down by age, gender and location of the people who responded to the survey.
The infographic How Charitable Are You When You Move shows that women are more generous than men as they donated 63 per cent of the time. A majority of men donated, but at 53 per cent it is just slightly less than women. It might very well be that women tend to take charge when it comes to doing the packing when it’s time to move to a new home, and instead of throwing unwanted things into the rubbish they make sure they’re donated to charities or second hand shops.
Age was also a seemingly important factor in making the decision to pack up any belongings that weren’t necessary in the new home or were, for any other reason, unwanted. The youngest group surveyed—18-24—indicated that they would likely give to charity during the packing process 48 per cent of the time. Each subsequent age group indicated that they’d donate more as 48 per cent of the 25-34 group would donate and 58 per cent of the 35-44 group considered giving to charities. Nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of the 45-55 year olds donated, and the over 55s were the most generous group, at 66 per cent.
Further, Northern Ireland is the most generous region of them all! A huge 72 per cent of the population of this region donate to charity when they’re off to a new home. The top five is rounded out by the North East, East Anglia, Yorkshire and the Humber and the South East. With such a huge variety of industries and wages in these areas, one thing is certain: the eastern coast of England is more generous than the West of the country or Wales.
People in the North East, which includes the areas of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Teesside, were found to donate 68.75 per cent of the time. In third place, residents of East Anglia, which is comprised of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, gave to charity 66.67 per cent of the time. Residents of Yorkshire and the Humber, including Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Humberside, said they’d donate at a rate of 61.26 per cent, and finally, inhabitants of the South East which includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex make sure to donate 60.64 per cent of the time.
Bishop’s Move conducted the survey after starting to work with the charity Scope, which supports people with disabilities and their families in England and Wales. The removals company provides bags to their customers who can then give the full bags to Bishop’s Move on the day they move house, and the home removal company will then donate the goods to the charity.
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Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects, including moving house and home removals.