Christians give despite recession, poll reveals

Christians are still giving generously to charity despite the economic downturn, a new poll shows.

Amid rising unemployment and financial uncertainty 16 per cent of Christians actually increased their charitable donations.

Over two thirds (69 per cent) said their charitable giving had remained steady and just one per cent said they had stopped giving since the start of the recession, polling company ComRes found.

A third of the general population intended to give less to charity in the first half of this year, according to research published in February.

“These results are a testament to Christian attitudes across the nation” said Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio which commissioned the poll.

The biggest increase in charitable giving came from denominationally independent Christians with almost a quarter (24 per cent) finding a way to give more.

Mr Kerridge added: “As Christians we will continue to love our neighbour, even in times of need and financial hardship.

“Many charities around the globe, including Christian charities could not survive without donations from their supporters. I would like to thank all those Christians who continue to give to the causes close to their heart, especially when the UK is in a time of recession.”