Please see our Terms & Conditions for more detailed information.

What are the Charitable Objects of the NMA Trust?

The Trust (established in 1969) is committed to raising money for Christian causes in the UK and overseas. The formal words in our Trust Deed state that “the charity was established for the advancement of Christianity and the Christian gospel at home and abroad”.  In practical terms this means we support individual Christian missionaries, missionary societies, organisations (usually charities) that are themselves based on Christian principles.  The Trust is interdenominational and supports Christian based humanitarian and missionary work throughout the world.

Who chooses where the proceeds of sales are to be sent?

Under charity law it is the responsibility of the Trustees to decide where monies raised are to be sent. However, in the vast majority of cases the Trustees are pleased to follow the wishes of the donors of items that have been given for sale.  The only criterion is that the proceeds must go to a cause that is covered by our ‘charitable objects’ (see above).

When is the money sent on to the Charity that is to benefit?

Just as soon as possible after receipt of proceeds from the sale(s).  If Gift Aid is to be recovered and the donor has decided they want this sum to benefit the Charity as well, then this is likely to be at a later stage after we have made the claim and the Gift Aid element has been received from HMRC.

Who are the Trustees?

The Trustees are a group of Christian men and women from many walks of life and different denominations who give their services free of charge.  A list of current Trustees can be found on the Charity Commission website.

Who are the beneficiaries?

A selection of organisations that have benefitted from NMA in the past is to be found on this page on this website. We are happy to advise on the eligibility of any suggested beneficiaries that may be nominated by potential donors.  Funds are sent to Christian outreach organisations all over the world and in the UK, sometimes to be used by or on behalf of nominated individuals in Christian work.

How is the work of NMA financed?

There are two sources of income to cover the expenses of the Charity which is run mainly by volunteers. The first is the income and capital from a generous endowment that was made to the Charity some years ago.  The second is that we invite donors to agree that any Gift Aid recovered is allocated, in part or in whole, to cover outgoings. Our outgoings are kept to a minimum.

Are NMA’s accounts available to view?

A summary of NMA’s financial activity is available on the Charity Commission website.

Please note that in recent years, our annual income has fallen below the threshold for which accounts need to be lodged with the Charity Commission, so there are no full accounts for review for the past few years.

How will the Auction House/Saleroom know when items are to be sold through NMA and how will this be progressed?

Please use this link to go to the page about ‘How we work’.

Is there any relationship between Northwood Missionary Auctions and Wallington Missionary Auctions (“WMA”)?

Wallington Missionary Auctions provided NMA with the model on which we have based our work for the past 50 years but, sadly, it no longer operates. NMA (formerly known as Northwood Missionary Mart) was independent of WMA but was closely associated with WMA and follows the same principles of raising money for Christian causes.

Will NMA handle the sale of houses by Auction?

In principle, yes. However, the Trustees will need to know the exact circumstances behind the intended donations. Such eventualities will be considered on a case by case basis after initial contact has been made with the Trustees. Please use the Contact Form elsewhere on this site in the first instance or call our Help Line.

What happens to items donated to NMA but which not sell or fail to reach their reserve?

Depending on the reserve (if any) on a sale lot, an auction house may list items at a subsequent or more appropriate sale for a second or even third time. We ask potential donors to give us complete discretion on the disposal of such items if they fail to sell, but if the gift is rescinded then any costs for return of the items has to be borne by the original donor. Where NMA or the selected auction house handling the consignment decide that the items offered turn out to be of insufficient value for auction then we suggest they are given to a charity shop or similar outlet. Occasionally, an alternative auction house in our network might be a more suitable route. Different auction houses have varying minimum eligible estimates for their sale room lots.

How do you handle very valuable or specialist lots?

We aim to select an auction saleroom that specialises in particularly valuable categories of items or has suitable specialist sales. This may mean that there may be sometimes be a delay of some months in getting the item to sale – but we believe that this is better than trying to sell an item in a non-suitable context where it would not realise its true value.

Are you able to split the proceeds between organisations?

Yes. Please use the form to indicate your wishes. We will do our best comply. For sums raised in excess of £1000 we can vary the indication of wishes after the sale if requested before distribution has taken place.

Can I take part of the proceeds for my own benefit?

No. That is not allowed under our charitable objects.

Is ‘condition’ critical to valuations for auction?

Yes. Many different things can affect the value of antiques. Condition, restoration, age, authenticity, provenance and quality. Sometimes one can see similar looking items for thousands of pounds only to find another worth hundreds as it is the wrong model, has lots of alterations, is damaged, restored or no longer in vogue. For example one can see good quality antique bureaus for sale for around £2000 and others for £500. They may look the same on a photograph but there can be a significant difference in age, quality and condition. Your auction house contact will be able to advise.