This Cookies Notice provides information about the types of cookies and how we use them on our website, and how you can exercise your choices about the use of cookies. If you do not accept our use of cookies please disable them following our guidance below.

This Cookies Notice is intended to be read alongside the Foundation’s Privacy Notice, which can be found

Sections of this policy

    1. What are cookies and how do they work?
    2. Types of cookies and how we use them
    3. Website cookie acceptance
    4. How to manage and delete cookies
    5. Changes to this Notice


What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, laptop and/or mobile device, that contain details of your browsing history on the website and distinguish you from other users. They are widely used and help to provide you with relevant and personalised content and advertising, and help make websites work more efficiently. Your browser sends cookies back to the website every time you visit, so it can recognise you and can tailor what you see on the screen.
You can find out more about cookies at

Types of cookies and how we use them

Information supplied by cookies helps us build a picture of how people interact with the website, and how we can improve it. Types of cookies we use include:

      • Essential / strictly necessary cookies – some cookies are essential so you can move around the website(s) and use its features, including for example account login and saving incomplete webforms. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remember where you’ve been on the internet.
      • Functionality cookies – these remember choices you make to improve your online experience, such as recently viewed pages, and enabling social media components, like Facebook and Twitter.
      • Performance cookies (for analytics) – these cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. They keep track of what pages and links are popular and are performing well so we can make improvements and measure the effectiveness of our marketing communications. As a charity, we need to make sure our charitable funds are spent in the most efficient and therefore effective way possible.
      • Third party cookies – we also use some tools on our pages from social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, and third parties such as YouTube. They also set cookies on our website(s) on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. These cookies are placed on our website, and may collect information about your online behavior, such as your IP address, the website you arrived from, and what you may have previously purchased from us. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies.

The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.


Name of cookie Owner Purpose Duration
DSID (Google) Advertising persistent
IDE (Google) Advertising persistent
_ga Google Analytics persistent
_gat Google Analytics persistent
_gid Google Analytics persistent
_ym_uid (Google) Advertising persistent
act Facebook Facebook persistent
c_user Facebook  Facebook persistent
catAccCookies StopSpeakSupport Accept Cookie Policy session
csrftoken Instagram Instagram persistent
 datr  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 dpr  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 ds_user_id  Instagram  Instagram  persistent
 fr  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 ig_dau_dismiss  Instagram  Instagram  session
 ig_or  Instagram  Instagram  session
 ig_pr  Instagram  Instagram  session
 ig_vh  Instagram  Instagram  session
 ig_vw  Instagram  Instagram  session
 m_pixel_ratio  Facebook  Facebook  session
 mcd  Instagram  Instagram  session
 mid  Instagram  Instagram  session (Google)  Advertising  session
 pl  Facebook  Facebook persistent
 presence  Facebook  Facebook  session
 rur  Instagram  Instagram  session
 sb  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 sessionid  Instagram  Instagram  persistent
 shbid  Instagram  Instagram  persistent
 urlgen  Instagram  Instagram  persistent
 wd  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 wfvt_3302033868  Wordfence  Security  persistent
 wordfence_verifiedHuman  Wordfence  Security  persistent
 xs  Facebook  Facebook  persistent
 __asc  Giphy  Giphy  persistent
 __auc  Giphy  Giphy  persistent
 __qca  Giphy  Giphy  persistent

Website cookie acceptance

By clicking accept when you first visit the website you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time. In particular, you consented to cookies being stored on your computer and/or mobile device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

How to manage and delete cookies

If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. How you do so will depend on the browser you use, but the Help function within your browser should tell you how. You can also set your browser to notify you each time new cookies are placed on your computer or other device. You may wish to visit which contain comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more explanation of how cookies work.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our websites.

Changes to this Notice

We may update our use of cookies from time to time and consequently we may update this Notice. We therefore recommend that you check this Notice regularly. Where necessary we may also notify you of changes to this Notice by email.

This Notice was last updated on 16th May 2018