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Performance Cookies (currently disabled)

These cookies allow us measure how visitors use our website, which pages are popular, and what our traffic sources are. This helps us improve how our website works and make it easier for all visitors to find what they are looking for. The information is aggregated and anonymous, and cannot be used to identify you. If you do not allow these cookies, we will be unable to use your visits to our website to help make improvements.

Targeting Cookies (currently disabled)

These cookies are usually placed by third-party advertising networks, which may use information about your website visits to develop a profile of your interests. This information may be shared with other advertisers and/or websites to deliver more relevant advertising to you across multiple websites. If you do not allow these cookies, visits to this website will not be shared with advertising partners and will not contribute to targeted advertising on other websites.

Cookies in use

Strictly necessary anonymous cookies

csrf_token - A security cookie used to identify the visitor and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks. Expires: 2 hours.

last_activity - Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie. Expires: 1 year

last_visit - Date of the visitors last visit. Expires: 1 year

visitor_consents - Saves responses to Consent requests for non-logged in visitors. Expires: 1 year

sessionid - Session id, used to associate a logged in visitor with their data. Expires 1-2 hours.

__stripe_mid, __stripe_sid - Cookies set by Stripe payment gateway, required to validate donation payments.

Functionality cookies (where enabled)

tracker - Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns. Expires end of session.

Performance cookies (where enabled)

_pk_id - collects anonymised data about what pages you visit. Expires: 13 months

_pk_ref - collects anonymised data about what pages you visit. Expires: 6 months

_pk_ses, _pk_cvar, _pk_hsr - collects anonymised data about what pages you visit. Expires: 30 minutes

piwik_ignore, matomo_ignore - may be set if you disallow performnace cookies. Expires: never

Targeting cookies (where enabled)

Currently not used.


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What are 'cookies'?

Cookies are small text files stored by your web browser that contain information about your visit to this web site:

Please see our Privacy Policy to see how we handle your personal data.

What are these cookies used for?

We use cookies to:

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Do cookies have any impact on my privacy?

1st party cookies set by this site cannot be accessed by others.

3rd party cookies such as from Youtube, Google, Twitter or Facebook can be used to track and profile you around the web. To prevent these disable "targeting" cookies, or change your browser privacy preferences.

Do I have to provide consent?

No you do not have to provide consent, you have the choice to accept cookies or not. This is done through an initial notice when you enter the site for the first time. You will be asked to accept the use of cookies on the banner. If you do not want to accept the use of cookies you can change your options on this page.

How can I control the use of cookies?

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