Cookies help us manage our website and the Brooke Shop and to process online donations.

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is sent from our website and stored in your browser or on the device you're using. We use cookies to help us manage the Brooke website, process online donations and in the Brooke Shop.

Our use of cookies is fully compliant with all United Kingdom data protection and data privacy regulations.

Stopping cookies

Most browsers automatically accept cookies but you can change this in the browser settings to stop cookies.

If you choose not to accept cookies you might find some parts of our website do not work as you would expect.

Cookies we use on the Brooke website

Strictly necessary

These cookies are essential to our website and without them you wouldn't be able to do things like make online donations.

We use the following strictly necessary cookie on our website:

  • SESS - This is a session cookie, used to track logged-in status.  The cookie name is usually suffixed with a random ID. Eg. SESS1234abc
  • has_js - Records whether the user has Javascript enabled on the browser.  This cookie alters available functionality based on whether the JavaScript is allowed or not.

We also use AddThis to provide the Facebook, Twitter and email sharing functionality. To do this we use __atuvc and __atuvs cookies.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how you arrive at our website, how you use the website and if you get error messages. The cookies help us identify what information is most useful and relevant and where we can make improvements to the website. These cookies are aggregated and anonymous, we don’t collect information that can be used to personally identify you.

AddThis privacy statement.

Analytics cookies

Brooke uses two types of analytics cookies on our website, Google Analytics and Facebook pixel.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web based service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States of America. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the Brooke website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google as described above.

We use __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz cookies on our website. The expiry dates for the cookies are as follows:

  • __utma cookies, two years
  • __utmb cookies, 30 minutes
  • __utmc cookies, until the end of the browser session
  • __utmz cookies, six months.

Reject or delete cookies from Google Analytics

Facebook pixel

The Facebook pixel is a small piece of JavaScript code which enables us to understand how people from Facebook engage with our website. The Facebook pixel allows us to measure conversions from Facebook and optimise content on both Facebook and our website.

You can prevent the Facebook pixel from working by disabling JavaScript in your browser. However, please be aware that if you disable JavaScript you may find the Brooke website difficult to use and some functions do not work as you would expect.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the Brooke website to remember choices or changes you make (such as text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise). Functionality cookies may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

We use YouTube (part of Google) and Vimeo to provide video content on our website. Please note that these sites may set a cookie. For more information, see:

  1. Vimeo cookie policy
  2. Google privacy policy

Targeting and advertising cookies

Brooke does NOT use targeting and advertising cookies.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts that are relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.

Third party cookies

The Brooke website also carries embedded 'share' buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of social networks - for example, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service.

Brooke does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these

More information

If you have any questions or concerns about cookies, email