The 30th of July is the International Day of Friendship. It celebrates everything that’s great about mates – and that’s something we’re really in tune with at RIFT. Join us in spreading the love to all the co-pilots, wingmen and sidekicks in our lives.

Good mates are worth their weight in gold. They watch your back when you’re struggling and come running when you send up a flare for help. We’ve all been feeling the strain over the last year, emotionally as well as financially. We’ve had to put a little extra effort into keeping in touch with friends and loved ones, but the rewards are immense – even life-saving for many.

The true value of friendship

To the United National Assembly, who came up with the idea back in 2011, the International Day of Friendship is a serious matter. They’re out to build the kind of bridges that bring communities together across oceans. At RIFT, our outlook is more personal. Just having a single friend watching out for you can make all the difference in a crisis.

Work can be stressful at the best of times, and many of our customers come from some of the most challenging and - in every sense of the word - taxing industries there are. From Armed Forces personnel to the building trade, the RIFT family has been tested to the limit over the last year.

It can be difficult to reach out for help when you know how much depends on you and the work you do. Men in particular have a hard time sending out the call when they’re struggling with the stresses of the job. Money worries are a huge cause of mental health problems, and far too often can lead to tragic situations if sufferers can’t speak up.

That’s where the true value of a real friend lies. When someone’s suffering, a mate real steps in without even being asked. Sometimes, that just means lending an understanding ear, or some much-needed advice on getting through a crisis. At other times, though, it could mean the critical cash boost of a tax refund claim from RIFT.

Helping you to help your friends

Last year, our Refer a Friend scheme pumped over £3.5 million back into the wallets of RIFT customers. That’s all money that would otherwise have been lining the taxman’s pockets.

Instead those millions are now being put to real use solving real problems for thousands of people. True, RIFT crunched the numbers and chased HMRC to get it paid out, but it’s the power of friendship that put those refunds back where they belonged. That’s why we work so hard to keep spreading the love with Refer a Friend. It’s also why we celebrate good friendship with cash rewards and regular Star Prize draws through the scheme.

Referring a mate to us for their tax refund claims is the surest way to make sure they aren’t missing out on what they’re owed. Now, with the free RIFT app, it’s easier than ever before. You can even get a referral rolling straight out of your mobile’s address book!

Get your referrals in for unlimited cash bonuses and prize draw entries. More importantly, do it to reach out to a friend in need. It’s an opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life, and to be the best mate your best mate could wish for.