OVER the past two months, as shops have closed and newspaper circulations have dropped, we’ve been inundated with emails from people who want to contribute to the paper beyond what they pay for their own subscriptions.

Our advice at first was to purchase gift subscriptions – that way, we get new readers and much-needed cash in to help us get through the crisis. But we soon realised that option didn’t quite suit everybody, so we’ve been working furiously behind the scenes to get a system in place which will allow our readers new ways to support your newspaper.

1. Donate straight to our new Fighting Fund 

You can now choose to contribute directly to The National with either a recurring or a one-off payment which will go straight into a pot of money to be used to either invest directly in our journalism or grow our readership.


2. Increase your monthly digital subscription payment 

For our nearly 10k+ digital subscribers, we’ve introduced a new tier which allows you to contribute £20 per month instead of £9.99.

Email here: customerservices@thenational.scot

3. Purchase a gift subscription for a friend or colleague

Since we first suggested this as an option, we’ve added more than 200 new digital subscribers – a much needed lifeline for the paper while shops are closed and newspaper sales are down.


It goes without saying that please only choose to support us in these ways if you are able to.

With Nicola Sturgeon impressing during the coronavirus crisis, it looks increasingly likely that there will once again be a pro-independence majority at Holyrood next year – which means we will need to gear up for indyref2.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for that campaign that we can’t wait to reveal to you, but it’s crucial that we get through this difficult period first.