Sending in the Donations for our Charity events
Because of the difficulty of clubs collecting money when the events are played online, we suggest that it may be simpler for players to send in their donations directly using one of the methods below (PayPal, Bank Transfer or cheque). But we are also more than happy for clubs who have a way of taking the donations to send them as a "lump sum" by one of the methods below.
We don't really set an amount per person though we do suggest that £3 per player minimum would be good; any extra would be even better of course !
When you pay by whatever means, it really helps if you can reference the event and the club you played at - A4U for the Ukraine event, SCP for the Summer Charity Pairs, CiN for Children in Need, WCP for the Winter Charity pairs and CHCH for the Charity Challenge, then the club name after that. That way we can easily see which charity to allocate the funds to and which club it came from.
So payment methods:
PayPal will accept credit or debit card payments or of course you can just log in if you already have an account with them- please remember to enter your club name if applicable and the event that the payment is for:
Please Note we can only accept payments in British Pounds, so if you are paying for an event where the charges are in another currency, please email us to know how much it needs to be.
Please also note the following :
Because of the changes in format for our Charity events, it is necessary also to make changes to the way we charge for Simultaneous Pairs. I am sure you understand that we have a lot of expenses – the servers, the bandwidth and our time, payment for commentaries, updating software and so on – are all factors we have to consider if we are going to run the events and raise as much as we can for the various charities.
In the days especially when we printed booklets, the entry fee to the event covered those and all other costs, with as much as possible (about 75%) being sent to the Charity concerned. In the case of Children in Need the club was invited to purchase the organiser pack separately. None of this happens now.
In general, therefore, we will make a charge through the Charity account of 50p per player + the dreaded VAT as the entry fee to the event, with all other funds being a donation to the charity. The clubs may decide to cover that cost, but for simplicity we ask that all payments are made to the ECatsBridge Charity Account and we will deduct our fee at the end before sending the balance to the charity We suggest a minimum donation of £3 per player, although maybe players would like to make that a little bit more to cover this entry fee. The exception to this will be the Aid 4 Ukraine event where we will only ask for enough to cover our expenses before passing the funds on, so that the amount is maximised.
I am sure you understand the need to do this – the only alternative would be to stop running the events altogether and close ECatsBridge – something we don’t want to do and hopefully you don’t want us to do!