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If you have any questions or queries, we are happy to help so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, please look at the questions we are asked most often.

Fundraising FAQs

Please take a look here at the questions we are often asked. If you still have questions, we are happy to help please do not hesitate to call us on 01242 535 922 or email us at


We’re thrilled that you want to fundraise for us. Your amazing efforts will help us to provide vital diagnostic equipment and support our research and education programmes. There are so many ways you can get involved, check out our fundraising ideas pack for inspiration If you’re not sure what’s right for you, then call us on 01242 535922 or email us at, and we’ll be in touch to help you find the fundraising activity that’s perfect for you.

Please send your cheque made payable to ‘Cobalt’ to Cobalt, Fundraising, Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, Glos, GL53 7AS.

Yes you can. Press the orange donate button on the top right corner of our website – a secure online card payment can be made here. Alternately the fundraising office are always happy to take a payment over the telephone please call us on 01242 535992.

Each year we aim to raise £5,000 through our Coffees that Count Campaign to support cancer patients with access to the best diagnostic equipment in their time of need. You can help us by holding a coffee morning with a neighbour, friend, family member or by yourself? ask friends to come along and pay £5 for a drink and a cake, do a small raffle and ask friends and family to donate home produce. Get in touch with reived your Coffees that Count pack on 01242 535922.

Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. If you agree to Gift Aid your donations, we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to Cobalt.

This additional income really does make a big difference, so if you are an eligible UK taxpayer, please don’t forget to us to let us know you would like to Gift Aid your donations.

You can find out more about the Gift Aid scheme

Yes please, this is a really important way of helping Cobalt and all that loose change raises vital funds for Cobalt.

Please contact the fundraising team for more details.

We do collect new and unused gifts that would be suitable for a tombola or raffle prize. We also collect used stamps and used greetings cards throughout the year.

We no longer collect books, jigsaw puzzles, blankets/baby or doll knits or bric-a-brac. We do not collect old clothes and currently do not undertake house clearance.

If you have something of value that you would like to donate to the charity that can be sold on ebay or auctioned please do phone a member of the fundraising team to discuss 01242 535922.

Thank you, this a very special way of remembering a loved one and helping Cobalt. Please get in touch and let us know the details of your funeral directors and we can send special Cobalt donation envelopes, which include a Gift Aid form. We can also arrange for the funeral directors to forward the collection directly through to Cobalt.

We are really grateful for any involvement from Local Schools and Sixth Form Centres. There are a number of ways pupils can raise money, from having a school disco, fancy dress / mufti day, collecting buckets at the end of a summer fete to holding a cake sale at the school gates. We have an annual photography competition which has an under 16’s category and all the funds from this support our Teenage and Young Adults cancer nurse who is based locally.

We want to raise as much money as possible so to ensure that we can support people today and in the future with Cancer and Dementia. We are so grateful to  businesses large or small that nominate Cobalt as their charity partner. If you decide to choose Cobalt as your company charity partner please let us know and we will be delighted to help and support you reach your fundraising target.

We would be delighted to come along to tell your group about our work. Please give the fundraising office a call on 01242 535992 to organise.

Please visit our upcoming events page here for further information.


Yes, we collect good quality birthday cards throughout the year for our card up-cycling scheme. The cards are cut to size and given new life. Please leave cards whole in the ‘drop bin’ at Linton House, Thirlestaine Road. Due to the volume of Cards we collect Christmas Cards in January only through the Big Sort.

Yes we are happy to send you a small stand of cards and collecting tin and will happily refresh stock when needed.

There are lots of ways to get involved – please contact Kirsty Bradbury, Community Engagement Officer who will be happy to help.

Support our fab range of events through the year from Open Gardens to Challenge Events – you could be a marshall, baker, first aider, parking supervisor or help organise a stall!

Put your skills to good use or learn new ones whilst volunteering at our Fundraising Office Reception

Help with the sale of Raffle tickets, Cobalt Cards, coordinate or assist with the collection of donation tins, collecting donations

Help with valuable skills including Photography, Proof Reading or join our Archivist Team – looking at our remarkable history.

We accept the following cards:

  • Birthday
  • Christmas
  • Anniversary
  • New home
  • Good luck
  • Sympathy
  • Blank

Cards can be dropped in the drop box in Linton House doorway, we prefer them to be a bag and can be dropped during office hours or if the door is closed please leave them outside under the canopy and one of our volunteers will collect and upcyle.

Data protection

At Cobalt we are committed to protecting your privacy. Please see our privacy policy.

We will seek to communicate with you in the way that your prefer – if this changes please do let us know on 01242 535922 or email and we will update your communication preferences.

There has been a lot in the news recently about national charities and poor practice. At Cobalt we are and have always been committed to the highest standards. We do not stop people in the street and we do not make cold telephone calls. We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

  • We are honest, open and clear about who we are, what we do and how your gift is used.
  • We respect your decisions about whether, how and when you would like to make a gift and indeed if you wish to cease giving.
  • We welcome your feedback and if you would like to suggest improvements please contact us.
  • As a small charity our valued supporters are vital to our ongoing success.

If there’s anything else we can help you with or if you would like further information about our fundraising projects and services we provide, just contact us on 01242 535922 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, or email us at