WITH the budget fast approaching, a wildlife charity is reminding people there is a way to take money away from the Chancellor.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) is reminding everyone who pays tax about the Gift Aid scheme, and is asking for donations.

Charity spokesman Michael Krause said: "The Gift Aid scheme is actually a generous gesture by the Chancellor.

"It is an important source of income for most charities. If someone gives YWT £10 under Gift Aid, we can claim £2.80 back from the tax people. The £10 gift is actually worth £12.80 to wildlife in Yorkshire.

"We are asking people to make a donation this week to help our work to look after important nature reserves, to protect threatened species such as otters and water voles, and to get children and adults involved in practical wildlife projects."

To donate, call (01904) 659570, or write to the trust at 10 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT.