The Big Collection

Our annual appeal to help communities across the UK

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Donate to The Big Collection in September and help someone feel safe today. Every penny supports people who are vulnerable or marginalised across the UK.

The Big Collection is a fundraising challenge for members, friends, and volunteers of Salvation Army churches to raise money for our social and community programmes.

Our local collectors take on this challenge in many ways – from bike rides, bake sales, to fun runs and charity fashion shows. 

In previous years corps officers and church members would collect door-to-door or hold street collections for the ‘Big Collection’ with all funds going towards The Salvation Army’s support services. This year, due to the pandemic, corps are thinking more imaginatively about how they might be able to raise funds through sponsorship or special events.

How much has The Big Collection raised?

Last year The Big Collection raised £1.2 million – thank you! This is a significant contribution towards The Salvation Army’s social and community programmes. 

How does The Salvation Army use my donation to The Big Collection?

All donations to the Big Collection directly support The Salvation Army’s work to care for people who are vulnerable or in need. This includes supporting people experiencing homelessness, running care homes and day centres for older people, reuniting families through our Family Tracing Service and providing a place of safety for adult victims of modern slavery.

Through a network of over 650 churches and community centres, we offer compassionate support, a listening ear and practical help to those in need. Our work includes:

  • Supporting men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness
  • Running care homes and day centres for older people
  • Reuniting families through our Family Tracing Service
  • Offering training and advice to people looking for sustained employment
  • Providing a place of safety for adult victims of modern slavery.

How can I donate to The Big Collection?

You can donate online or by getting in touch with your local Salvation Army church to find how they are fundraising this year. 

How do I know if a Big Collection fundraiser is genuine?

While collectors do not necessarily wear Salvation Army uniform, all carry a permit and Salvation Army-branded envelopes and/or collection tins. If you would like to verify the authenticity of a fundraiser please contact your nearest Salvation Army centre.

Before we fundraise in any area we always get permission from the relevant local authority, so you can also check with them if you have any concerns.


For more information about the Big Collection, please contact our Fundraising team:

Phone: 020 7367 4800

Donate to The Big Collection and help someone feel safe today

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A man speaking to a Salvation Army officer at one of our centres
Salvation Army Officer having a cup of tea with a resident at one of our lifehouses

Give a single gift


£25 could pay for a food parcel to help feed a family in desperate need for 5 days

£45 could provide an hour of support work for 5 people in one of our residential centres (Lifehouses)

£100 could buy 10 packs including essentials such as toiletries to welcome victims of trafficking into a safe house


In the community

We work at the heart of communities transforming lives in the name of Jesus

Challenge events

Run, hike, swim or bike for #TeamSallyArmy to help us raise funds and transform lives.


Help us be there to support the most vulnerable members of society.

Corps officers sleep out in Big Collection fundraiser

This year, due to the pandemic, corps are thinking imaginatively about how they raise funds.