Cookie Policy


A “cookie” is a small text file that is downloaded onto the hard drive of your computer (or other device) when you visit a particular website. 

Cookies cannot identify you personally but they can remember activities and preferences chosen by you and your browser.

You can manage cookies through your browser settings and control which cookies are allowed. Some cookies are essential to make sites function effectively for you as an end user, so you will need to be selective if you decide to change your cookie preferences.

The law relating to use of cookies changed in May 2012. The law applies to all cookies, but contains exemptions for cookies that are ‘strictly necessary’. This includes certain types of Session cookies (sometimes also known as ‘performance’ cookies).

There are two types of cookie used by this website:

  • Session cookies - these are there to enhance your experience as a visitor to a website. An example would be a cookie that enables a site to remember your preferences if you are using any of its accessibility features, such as high contrast or plain text. If these cookies were not present you would have to reset your style choices every time you moved to a new page. Session cookies usually expire when you close your browser, or after a fixed period of time if you do not revisit a site.
  • Google Analytics cookies - these are set by the site you are visiting, and can only be read by that site. They are known as ‘first-party’ cookies. Google Analytics cookies help website owners to understand how their site is being used, for instance, which pages are most popular, and the total number of visitors to the site. They help monitor overall patterns of use, and can help inform future improvements to a site. The information collected is anonymous and cannot identify individuals. There are many different Google Analytics cookies, some with very complex functionality, but we only use four of the very basic ones. Google Analytics cookies usually expire either at the end of a browsing session, or after a fixed period of time if you do not revisit a site.

The specific cookies used on our site are as follows:


Cookie Purpose Type of Cookie
style Enables our site to remember any style or accessibility settings you have chosen as you move to different pages of the site Session
Google Analytics cookies that monitor patterns of use of our site First-Party

Further Information

Cookies are not computer programmes, and as such they cannot be used to disseminate viruses. Although they are stored on your computer, they cannot access other data on your hard drive.

There are a wide range of cookies. Some used by other sites, for instance, enable them to generate targeted advertising. However, we do not use these cookies, and do not use any third-party, persistent or flash cookies. The Henry Smith Charity has no advertising on its site and is not involved in any sales or marketing activities.

For more information about cookies, and how their use is regulated, visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website

More information about Google Analytics cookies can be found at

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