Cookies Policy

We’re committed to protecting your privacy, so here we explain how we use cookies on our website.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our digital and marketing team at:

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small data file downloaded by your web browser (for example Chrome or Internet Explorer) and stored on your computer. They are downloaded automatically when you visit websites. Cookies are used to perform essential tasks on a website, to record how people use a website and to gather data for marketing.

How we use cookies

We provide essential information on our website to millions of people every year. To do this, we have to manage our website effectively and to reach out to more people who need our support and information. Cookies are a small, but essential way to make all this happen. We use cookies to:

  1. To measure how people use our website. This helps us understand how well different sections of our website are performing. It also helps us track numbers of visitors and helps us ensure our website is robust and works well for every single one of the millions of people who use it.
  2. To record actions so that the website will work well for you. For example, our online shop uses cookies to record items that you place in your shopping basket. We also use cookies in our online donations process and in other tools such as our online breath test.
  3. We also record actions so we can reach people more effectively. This works by using a cookie to remember what pages you have visited so we can tailor our marketing messages based on your interests.

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Your rights

Cookies never record your credit card details or easily identifiable personal data such as your name and address. You have every right to refuse to accept cookies from our website.

If you disable cookies you will still be able to access nearly all the information on our website. But please remember that this may affect some functionality.

How to disable cookies

You can disable cookies by changing your settings in your web browser or you can use the incognito option on Google Chrome. To find out more about your browser settings, visit the relevant support page below:

Find out more on the BBC website or the all about cookies website

Cookies used by this site

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

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Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site and the services we offer. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

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Functional Cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

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Targeting Cookies

These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

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youtube.comCONSENT, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSCThird Party6143 Days, 180 Days, Session

Social Media Cookies

These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

Cookie subgroupCookiesCookies usedLifespan
twitter.compersonalization_idThird Party730 Days
www.facebook.comThird PartySession

Get in touch

Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments about how we use cookies or anything else to do with our website: