Contribution Terms and Conditions

Chef Media Ltd trades as The Staff Canteen and TSC. The Staff Canteen would like to provide an opportunity for The Staff Canteen’s supporters to make a financial contribution to TSC and thereby help it in its mission to create a future that is more open, global and digital and support our commitment to providing the Guardian with financial and editorial independence into perpetuity.

Contributions will be used by TSC to support its Editorial operations.

These Terms and Conditions govern the relationship between TSC and each contributor, including the terms on which contribution may be accepted, refused, or returned by TSC. Contributions will be accepted in the form of a one-off payment or recurring monthly payments made directly to TSC as described in these Terms and Conditions.


By making a contribution, a contributor agrees and acknowledges that:

The contribution is provided to TSC as an irrevocable gift, subject to any exercise of the contributor’s right to receive a refund as described below and TSC’s right to return any contribution at its discretion;

The contribution will be used by TSC to support its Editorial operations; and

The contribution is made subject to these Terms and Conditions, which shall constitute a legally binding agreement between the contributor and TSC (the “Agreement”), entered into by each party in consideration of the other’s obligations under these Terms and Conditions.


You agree to pay your selected contribution amount on a rolling monthly basis.

You must provide us with complete and accurate payment information at the time you agree to pay a recurring monthly contribution. Payment for your recurring contribution can be made by credit or debit card.

Your payments will be taken on a rolling basis and your recurring contribution will continue unless and until it is ended by either of us in accordance with the provisions of section 5 (Refunds and Cancellation of Contributions).


Contributions will be accepted from individuals as well as any other legal entities.

Contributors who are individuals must be aged 18 or over.


All contributions to TSC shall be made through the contributions page on (the “TSC Website”). Contributions will be accepted by TSC for the period during which the contributions page is live on the TSC Website.

Contributions to TSC will be received by one of our payment providers and will be held by the provider until they are paid out to the TSC bank account together with other TSC funds. Each donation will be identifiable by a unique payment provider identification number and so are individually refundable, and will be accounted for separately by TSC.

From the moment the contribution is processed, TSC will be legally and beneficially entitled to the full amount of the contribution and the contributor has no entitlement to the return of a contribution in any circumstances other than as specified in these Terms and Conditions.

The contributor shall receive no benefit in return for any contribution and shall have no rights to influence the editorial policy or output of TSC.

Contributions to TSC are not charitable donations under the law of England & Wales and, as far as TSC is aware, contributors shall not be entitled to any tax relief in respect of their contributions nor are any contributions eligible for “gift aid” either in the United Kingdom or in any other jurisdiction worldwide.


TSC reserves the right to refuse and return any contribution in its absolute discretion, including without limitation where it believes that accepting the contribution would conflict with the mission, values or interests of TSC, and/or where, having regard to the source of the contribution or intentions of the contributor, TSC considers that to accept the contribution could damage the independence or reputation of TSC or adversely affect the relationship of TSC with other contributors or stakeholders.

Contributors shall be entitled to receive a refund of their contribution for up to 14 days after receipt of payment by notifying TSC by email at [email protected]. Any requests for a refund of a contribution received by TSC following expiry of the 14 day period will be ineligible.

Any refused and/or returned contributions shall be repaid into the account from which the contribution was made.

Recurring contributions can be cancelled at any time, simply email [email protected].

Cancellation requests will be confirmed within 48 hours.


TSC reserves the right to:

Request the full name and contact details of the contributor;

Request from the contributor any other information that it considers to be necessary or desirable to determine the provenance of the contribution;

Undertake any further investigations it deems fit to determine the provenance of the contribution.

If the contributor refuses to provide any information requested by TSC under clause 5.1, TSC may refuse and return the contribution to the contributor at its discretion.


Contributors shall not be entitled to publicise their contribution or otherwise market themselves or any connected person or business in connection with their contribution, except with the prior written consent of TSC and then only if the contributor complies with any relevant policies, procedures or requirements of TSC. The aforementioned restrictions shall not apply to any options for publicising donations that TSC may make available to contributors from time to time e.g. social sharing buttons on contributions pages.


Information about how we handle your personal data is set out separately in the TSC privacy policy, available at


Neither TSC nor any affiliated person, employee, agent, officer or director shall be liable for any loss suffered by any donor or other person arising out of or in connection with a contribution, whether direct or indirect, including loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of business or anticipated savings, loss of use, loss of goodwill, loss of data, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, except in respect of any liability for death or personal injury or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.


A failure of TSC to assert a right or provision under these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that right or provision.

If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, that provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent such that the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions will continue in full force and effect.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the contributor and TSC in respect of any contributions made by the contributor.

These Terms and Conditions are not intended to confer any contractual benefit on any person pursuant to the terms of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

The Agreement and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with it will be governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


If you have a query or complaint about your contribution, please contact us using any of the contact details below:

Email: [email protected]