Privacy Policy

To give you more transparent and clear information on how we process your personal data, we have divided our Privacy Notice into different sections. Depending on how you interact with us, different sections of the notice will apply to you. Within these sections, we describe what personal data we collect, how we use it and what your rights are.

If you have any questions regarding your personal data, please contact us on

1. Who are we?

The Mikaere Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (registered charity number 1200720). We raise money to enable the charity to support children and families living with Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH) and to fund the advancement of an effective treatment for Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH).

The support the Mikaere Foundation provides is concentrated in three main areas namely, research, patient/patient family support and NKH specific initiatives/advancements.

Unless otherwise stated, within the context of this policy, the terms “we” and “the Charity” means The Mikaere Foundation.

2. The Basis for processing personal information

The Charity uses any one of the following lawful basis for processing your personal information:

a) You have consented to us processing your data
b) There is a contractual relationship with you
c) We are legally obliged to process your data
d) We believe it’s in the legitimate interest of either you as the data subject, or us as the Charity, to process your data. Legitimate interest can be used where there is a reasonable purpose to process an individual’s data. For more information on legitimate interest, please see the ICO’s website or contact us
e) We believe it is in the public interest to process your data and this interest is supported by clear law eg safeguarding, equality.

It’s important that the personal information the Charity obtains is held, used, transferred and otherwise processed in accordance with the legislation.

The law sets out a couple of additional grounds over and above those listed above, however the Charity is only using the grounds detailed above. In the future, if the grounds for processing change, the notice will be updated to reflect this. For more information about how the policy is changed please contact us.

The Charity gets its authority to process your personal information from the legal requirements set out in the following legislation (laws):

  • Data Protection Act 2018 (incorporating the UK General Data Protection Regulation)
  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

Your personal information is processed and stored in accordance with the legal requirements in the corresponding laws.

3. The Basis for processing personal information

Personal information is information that can be used to identify you. You can find examples of personal information in the four categories below.

Category 1: identification information

  • name
  • date of birth
  • email address
  • landline number
  • mobile number
  • fax number
  • postal address
  • photography/images
  • film.

Category 2: personal life information

  • family and friend connections, such as parents and siblings
  • job role
  • type of organisation you work at
  • activities by the charity that you may be interested in.

Category 3: economic and financial information

  • bank account details
  • credit/debit card details
  • whether you are a UK tax-payer so that we can claim Gift Aid (we don’t collect information about your tax payments, only whether you are a tax-payer).

Category 4: connection information

  • browser information
  • device data
  • location data.

Special category (or sensitive information)

Information in this category is more sensitive than in the categories above and includes:

  • health and medical information
  • ethnicity
  • criminal convictions
  • diversity monitoring information.

The Charity doesn’t usually collect this type of information unless there’s a clear reason for doing so. An example of when collecting this information is necessary is participating in an event where we need this information to ensure we provide you with the appropriate facilities.

The Charity may also collect health information if you tell us about your experiences with living with or supporting someone living with NKH.

We will make it clear when and why we are collecting this information.

4. How we collect personal information

We collect information about you in the following ways:

  • when you ask about our services
  • when you complete a satisfaction survey
  • when you, or someone on your behalf, makes a donation to us
  • when a relative provides your name and contact details as an emergency contact
  • when you register to participate in an event either directly with the Charity or through a third-party and have indicated that you wish to fundraise for us
  • when you become a registered volunteer for the Charity
  • when you agree to 3rd parties such as Royal Mail to provide us with your details
  • when you engage in our social media, digital advertising or message boards
  • when you voluntarily give the Charity your personal information
  • when you order products from the Mikaere Foundation website
  • when you apply for a grant for projects that will advance the knowledge of Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH)
  • when you subscribe to our charity publications or email newsletters
  • to monitor the quality of our fundraising activities
  • when you read or download information from our website.
5. Photography and images

The Mikaere Foundation uses photography, images and film.

The images are used in media (such as newspapers, magazines, websites or broadcast outlets), on social media, in publications, on our website, in printed or online fundraising materials, in fundraising and awareness films or by our corporate partners who help us raise money to support the Charity.

Patient Case Studies

Photography, images and film created for patient case studies is taken and used with your consent.

We will discuss with you how your, and/or your child’s, image and information is going to be used and ensure you are happy for it to be used in this way. You can ask us to stop any time and we will refresh your consent every two years.

Event Photography

Where an event is organised by the Charity, we will ask you for consent to use any photographs taken where you are the focus of the image. Permission will be requested either prior, during or after the event.

Where the photograph does not focus on you as an individual, eg where you appear in the background of the photograph or as one of a number of people in a group shot, it is not normally necessary for us to ask your permission. We will ensure the terms and conditions of the event tell you if there will be photographers present.

If you do not want your photograph taken, please either tell the photographer at the time, if it is convenient to do so, or contact the Charity after the event. You can change your mind at any time, and we will refresh your consent on a regular basis.

Where the event is organised by a third party, we will use photography from the event under our legitimate interests. We will be clear in our terms and conditions of entry if this is the case. If you do not want your photograph taken, please either tell the photographer at the time, if it is convenient to do so, or contact the Charity after the event.

At some events there may be photographers present who represent the media or the event organiser and for whom the Charity is not responsible. Please review the terms and conditions issued by the event organiser for more information and inform the event organiser of your preferences and wishes in respect of photography taken.

For more information on your rights in how the Charity use photography and images please see the Your Rights section.

Charity shop

The Charity has an online shop and catalogue offering for sale items such as cards, toys, clothing and accessories.

We will process information about you from category one and category three above in order to fulfil your order.

The shop also offers “virtual gifts” where you can donate money, send e-cards or buy gifts for someone. Where you use this service, we will also process information about your gift recipient. This will consist of their name and postal or email address depending on the method of delivery of the gift.

If you no longer want us to process your personal information, please share your preference with us by contacting Supporter Services.

For more information please see the Your Rights section.

6. The reasons the Charity collects and uses information

We’ll collect and use your information for one or more of the following reasons:

1) Under the lawful basis of contractual necessity for processing, we collect and use your information as follows:

  • to process your order and send you the items that you have ordered through our website or fundraisinge events
  • for the purposes of you entering a raffle, prize draw or competition
  • to award grants for specific research programmes and monitor the impact of research funding
  • to process direct debit donation claims. 

2) Under the lawful basis of legal obligation for processing, we collect and use your information as follows:

  • where the collection is required or authorised by law
  • to administer any requests where you are exercising your legal rights
  • to assess your personal information for credit risk, age verification or fraud prevention. Charities can be targeted for illegal purposes such as money laundering and therefore we are required to monitor financial activity and report suspected fraud to the appropriate authorities.

3) Under lawful basis of consent for processing, we collect and use your information as follows:

  • for your participation or expressed interest in an event, ensuring you have all the required information 
  • to ask you to help the Charity by raising money on our behalf or donating money to us but always in accordance with our supporter commitment
  • where you made a donation in celebration of another individual and that individual, or a related person, wishes to know who has given
  • the taking and use of photography, images or film in case studies, media and press publications and marketing materials. 

4) Under the lawful basis of legitimate interest for processing, we collect and use your information as follows:

  • to process any donation(s) or gifts we may receive from you
  • to provide you with information about the Charity’s work or activities that you have requested
  • for internal record-keeping such as to manage feedback or respond to complaints
  • the administration, organisation and management of events where you are taking part
  • to send you marketing materials by post (unless you have asked us not to)
  • to administer and monitor grant funding
  • to help us identify new supporters
  • to analyse and improve our services regarding:
    • fundraising
    • retail
    • supporting the hospital.
  • for data quality and data analytics purposes
  • to send you marketing materials through social media and online platforms (unless you have asked us not to)
  • to support effective and efficient record-keeping
  • to use IP Addresses:
    • to block disruptive use
    • to record website traffic
    • to personalise content based on previous visitor history.
  • the use of photographs and images taken during third-party managed events
  • when a relative (eg a staff member, volunteer or event participant) provides your contact details as their emergency contact
  • to invite you to participate in surveys regarding your experience with the Charity or market research.

5) Under the lawful basis of public interest for processing, we collect and use your information as follows:

  • to ensure we comply with the Equality Act 2010
  • to monitor and promote equal opportunities and treatment to you
  • to ensure we pro-actively promote a diverse and inclusive range of case studies in our press and marketing materials.
7. Credit, debit card and payment information

Donations to the Charity can be made via credit or debit card payments, direct debit, standing order, cash and cheques.

Payments for purchases can be made online

We ensure that all payments or donations are carried out securely and, where applicable for payment cards (such as MasterCard and Visa payment), are processed in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

To find out more about PCI DSS standards visit their website at

Your payment information

In addition to keeping your payment information safe during the payment process, we will:

  • not store your credit or debit card details
  • securely destroy all card details and validation codes once the payment or donation process is complete
  • immediately delete any emails received that contain any credit or debit card details
  • only allow authorised staff to process payments and access payment details.

Other payment options

We also offer Mobile Wallet payment options, such as ApplePay and Google Pay, for some services. To process payments made through Mobile Wallets we use a third party called Stripe Payments Europe Ltd (Stripe).

Stripe may use, retain and disclose your personal information and credit card details for this purpose and as set out in their privacy policy, including transferring your data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Where such transfer occurs, we ensure your data is adequately protected as described in the Accuracy, Retention and Storage sectionof this document.

8. Profiling

Profiling means gathering information about individuals and analysing their characteristics and behaviour patterns to place them in a certain category to help inform the efficiency of the Charity’s fundraising activity or to help identify possible new supporters. It’s a procedure that involves processing personal information using a series of statistical deductions to make predictions about people, which makes an inference based on the qualities of others who appear statistically similar to the individual whose personal information is being processed.

How we use profiling

We aim to ensure that our fundraising activity and marketing communications are appropriate and timely. We want to send you the most relevant information and only promote donation opportunities that we believe you are most likely to be interested in.

To do this, we may use your personal information which at times includes previous transactions and communication history, alongside profiling techniques and insight companies to help us identify other people who may have an interest in supporting our Charity or to provide us with general information about you such as information you have volunteered about your lifestyle and purchasing habits.To assist us, we may use public registers or third-party information services. For more information, please see the Information Sharing section.

You can request to not have your information used in this way. For full details of the rights you have, please see the Your Rights section.

9. Equality and Diversity Monitoring

We are committed to ensuring that we value our differences and benefit from diversity of thought, background, and experience by reflecting the diversity of those that we work with and for.

We may collect equality, diversity, and inclusion data (diversity monitoring data) for reasons of substantial public interest to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010. Diversity monitoring data provided to us is provided directly by you and only where you choose to provide it. We will never require you to submit this information.

Diversity monitoring data is special category data under the UK GDPR and includes information regarding:

  • ethnicity
  • health data, including information about disability
  • sexuality and gender identification, including gender reassignment
  • religious beliefs.

Diversity monitoring data is also used in an anonymised format for equal opportunities monitoring and to compare representation in the areas detailed below, assessing our impact and progress against our Strategy. It may be published as anonymised statistics or reported in an anonymised format to comply with legal and regulatory responsibilities, including those under the Equality Act 2010.

We collect diversity monitoring data in the following areas:

Grant Applications

If you apply for a Charity grant, we may ask you to provide diversity monitoring data. We collect and process diversity monitoring data to monitor and promote equal opportunities and treatment to all our grant holders. The information you provide is stored as a section of your grant application record, with restricted access. It is not used to determine whether to award a grant, and the information is not made available to those assessing your application at any stage of the review process.

Patient and Family Stories

If you choose to share your lived experience with NKH with us through photographs, images, or stories, we may ask you to provide diversity monitoring data. We collect and process diversity monitoring data to help monitor our activities with respect to the families we work with. This information is used to help ensure we pro-actively promote a diverse and inclusive range of family stories in our press and marketing materials accurately reflecting the communities we serve. The information you provide is stored as a section in your case study record, with restricted access.

10. Marketing and communication preferences

We may use marketing communications to keep you up to date with what we’re doing, how you can get involved, and news and features about the charity which we feel will be of interest to you. This may include newsletters, surveys, financial appeals, raffle appeals, fundraising opportunities or updates about the charity and our impact.

We may use a variety of methods to send marketing to you including post, telephone and electronic channels. 


Electronic marketing may include the use of:

  • email
  • text messages

We’ll always ask your permission before we send you electronic marketing. 

You can choose any combination of these methods and once you have told us how you want to hear from us, we’ll check in with you regularly (approximately every three years unless we advise you to the contrary) to make sure you haven’t changed your mind. You can always tell us, at any time, if you no longer want to receive these communications.  

Social Media and Online Platforms

The Charity uses social media and online platforms to communicate with you and share information about campaigns or events. Currently we use platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram and Google. We do this through displaying advertisements on your social media platforms, search engines and their partnered websites when you are browsing the web, as well as posting messages and information on our own social media pages which you may choose to “like”, “follow” or interact with. 

We work with these providers to use tools that they make available to us to advertise to you. These tools enable our communications to appear on news feeds or through your account and this can be known as, for example, “custom audience” or “customer match”. We will only do this if you have already consented to us sending you marketing via email and where we believe the marketing communication may be of interest to you. Where this is the case, your name and e-mail address will be uploaded in an encrypted format to the relevant platform. The platform will then determine if you have an account and, if so, place the marketing so it is visible to you when you are logged in. We may also use the same tool in a slightly different way to ensure you don’t receive unnecessary marketing communications. 

We take your privacy and rights seriously but still deem your interest to us important. For this reason, we use our legitimate interest to use your information and communicate with you in this way. Therefore, we will not ask for your permission to market to you through social media or online platforms where you have already consented to receiving marketing by email, but you are always free to inform us that you do not want us to contact you in in this way. Please see the Changing Marketing Preferences section below.

You can also update your preferences within the social media site to stop receiving marketing. For further information on Facebook in particular, please see their terms of service and their data policy

Changing your marketing preferences

You can stop receiving marketing communications altogether or change your preferences at any time either by following the instructions in the communication you have received or by emailing

We won’t use your information for marketing purposes if you have asked us not to. However, we may retain your details on a suppression list to help ensure we don’t continue to contact you. 

For full details of the rights you have, please see the Your Rights section.

11. Website tracking and Cookies

Our websites use cookies and other digital tracking technologies to help them work well and to find out how people are using them. For the purposes of our Privacy Policy, the term ‘Cookies’ covers all types of tracking technologies including, but not limited to Cookies, Spotlight Tags and Web Beacons, each of which is described below. 

Cookie: a small text file that is placed on your computer or mobile device when you access our websites. This allows the website to recognise your device and store information about your preferences and actions. 

Spotlight tag: records access to a website as part of online advertising. Spotlight tags allow us to track, measure and report on activities that happen on our website after you see or click on an ad. These tags allow us to measure the effectiveness of our online marketing campaigns. These files are provided to us by our Ad Partners and organisations such as DoubleClick. For more information about DoubleClick please visit

Web beacon: an invisible graphic that is placed on a website or in an email and used to monitor the behaviour of the user visiting the website or sending the email. When you open an HTML email that we have sent you, this graphic is downloaded from a web server and generates a record showing that the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded (if any) and which links within the email were clicked. Access the MailChimp website to find out more information.

Website tracking

For all areas of our websites which collect personal information, we follow best practice for web and data security. Although we cannot 100% guarantee the security of any information you give us, we enforce strict procedures and security features to protect your information and prevent unauthorised access.

Our websites contain links to other websites belonging to third parties and we sometimes choose to participate in social networking sites including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We may also include content from sites such as these on our website, but we don’t have control of the privacy practices of these other sites.  You should make sure that when you leave our site you have read and understood that site’s privacy policy in addition to our own.

We use cookies to help track the success of our online advertising and monitor how people use our websites, to monitor the success of different email communications and for our web analytics. We also gather information such as pages most visited, the events or activities of most interest and products borrowed and purchased, to help improve our website and activities.

Wherever possible, we will keep this information anonymous so that it will not identify you as an individual visitor to our websites.


The Mikaere Foundation uses different types of Cookies to accomplish the tracking described above and these are summarised below.

Essential Cookies

These are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site may not work properly if you do. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site.  They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and can help us identify issues with the website.  All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. 

Functional Cookies

These 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.

Social Media Cookies

These 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.

A Meta pixel is a piece of code placed in Google Tag Manager on all pages on our website which helps track performance of Meta ads and to better understand the effectiveness of our paid advertising.

It also helps us see when customer takes action after seeing our ad on Facebook and Instagram, which can help us with retargeting.

Targeting Cookies

These may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They do not store directly personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.

A Meta pixel is a piece of code placed in Google Tag Manager on all pages on our website which helps track performance of Meta ads and to better understand the effectiveness of our paid advertising.

It also helps us see when customer takes action after seeing our ad on Facebook and Instagram, which can help us with retargeting.

All but essential cookies require your consent to be placed on your device, and you will be asked if you would like to consent the first time you visit our website, and every 12 months thereafter through our cookie banner. You can change your preference at any time by clicking the button (below the browser information) to go to the Cookie Preference Centre.

You can disable Essential Cookies using your browser settings. Details of how to do this are listed below.

Browser cookie settings

If you would like to prevent cookies from being set by our website, the following links will help:


How to change your cookie settings in Firefox

Internet Explorer

How to change your cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Google Chrome

How to change your cookie settings in Google Chrome

Safari (OS X)

How to change your cookie settings in Safari (OS X)

Safari (iOS)

How to change your cookie settings in Safari (iOS)


How to change your cookie settings in Android

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12. Information sharing

We don’t sell or swap your information with any third party for their marketing purposes.

However, we do share and/or receive information from the recipients set out below:

1) Our Data Processors are organisations who:

  • act as a fundraiser for the Charity;
  • provide us with information and help us place marketing (subject to your communication preferences and our internal policies and procedures);
  • will build a profile using information shared and return the profile to us, such as Experian;
  • help us identity possible new supporters;
  • help us keep our records up-to-date and accurate;
  • help us investigate and respond to complaints and enquiries; and
  • who sell the charity products through our shop.

2) Volunteer Boards who we share information with, where it is appropriate to do so, to enable us to accept donations or to pursue support. 

3) Other third-parties where we are legally required to do so, including:

  • the police
  • contracted parties who enable us to enforce or apply our terms and conditions or rights under an agreement
  • third-party organisations where there is a need and we have entered into an information sharing agreement
  • to protect us, for example in the case of suspected fraud or defamation
  • government bodies or regulatory bodies including the Charity Commission or Fundraising Regulator.

All our data processors are carefully selected and are trusted partners of the Charity. All our trusted partners are required to comply with data protection laws and our high standards and are only allowed to process your information in strict compliance with our instructions. We will always make sure appropriate contracts and controls are in place with our trusted partners and we regularly monitor all our partners to ensure their compliance.

We do not share your information for any other purpose.

13. Accuracy, retention and storage


We aim to ensure that all information we hold about you is accurate and kept up-to-date. If we believe the information we hold is not up-to-date, we may contact you and ask you to update this.

Similarly, if you believe any of the information we hold is inaccurate or your circumstances change, please advise us and we will ensure our records are updated as soon as possible.

For more information on how to tell us your preference regarding your personal data, or to update your personal data, please see the Your Rights section.

Storing your Information

The Charity maintains a secure back-up of its information. This enables us to ensure that in the event of an incident which disrupts normal business operations, we can restore these operations as quickly as possible, continuing to provide support in the meantime.

We aim to store all information within the UK.

In some situations, it is possible that your information may be transferred outside the UK either to a country within the EEA, or worldwide. This may occur where, for example, one of our trusted partners processing information on our behalf has servers located in a country outside the UK.

If this is the case, we will take appropriate steps to ensure your privacy continues to be protected as outlined in this privacy policy and in line with our legal obligations. These steps will include, as a minimum, inserting appropriate clauses in any contractual agreement with the third party regarding security measures and undertaking a Data Protection Impact Assessment on the data processing.

14. Protecting children, young persons and vulnerable adults

Under 16s

If you are aged 16 or under, and would like to participate in an event, donate or get involved with us, please make sure that you have your parent/guardian’s permission before giving us your personal information. For some individuals we may require parental consent prior to collecting or using any personal information.

Where we collect information about you, we will make it clear as to the reasons for collecting this information and how it will be used.

Vulnerable circumstances

The Charity recognises the importance of protecting individuals who may be in vulnerable circumstances and and follows the sector best practice on, including that issued by the Institute of Fundraising, Treating Donors Fairly.

We believe that this guidance helps to support our staff and fundraisers who come into contact with supporters in providing high quality customer care, ensuring anyone donating to the Charity is in a position to make a free and informed decision.

If you would like to find out more about the Institute of Fundraising’s guidance, please follow this link.

15. Your rights

You have a number of rights available to you and these are set out below.

Right to be Informed

You have a right to be told what the Charity is doing with your data. This Privacy Policy sets this out for you and further information can be sought from the Charity’s Data Protection Officer.

Right to Rectify Inaccurate Information

You have a right to ask the Charity to correct any data we hold and process that is no longer correct. You can also ask us to complete information that is incomplete.

Right to Restrict Processing

You have a right to choose what personal information held about you is processed and limit the information that you no longer want the Charity to process.

Right to Portability

You have a right to ask the Charity to send a copy of the information we hold about you to another organisation.

Right of Access

You have a right to ask us whether we are processing your personal information. Where this is the case, you can ask us to supply you with the information.

Right to Erasure

You have a right to ask the Charity to delete the information we hold on you where:

  • it is no longer required for processing
  • you no longer consent to the processing
  • where you object to processing.

Right to Object to Processing

You have the right to object to the processing of your information where:

  • this is carried out by us under the basis of public interest or legitimate interests
  • this is processed for direct marketing purposes
  • this is processed for scientific or historical research purposes, or statistical purposes.

Right not to be subjected to Automated Decision Making

You have a right not to have your information processed using solely automated means with no human intervention, including any profiling activity.

You can exercise any of these rights at any time by contacting the Charity’s Data Protection Officer.

If you are unhappy with the way your information is being processed, you may lodge a complaint with the UK’s Supervisory Authority, the Information Commissioner. They can be contacted on 0303 123 1113 or via their website.

16. Our contact details

If you have any questions or queries about this Privacy Notice, please contact us:

Address: The Mikaer Foundation, Suite 15, 90 York Rd, London, SW11 3GT UK

This policy was last updated in July 2024 and replaces all previous versions. We will regularly review and update this document.

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