Charity Donations

Little snippet on the news this morning:
On average, we Brits donate £16.58 per month to charity.

There are an awful lot of people here in the UK who cannot afford the 58p, let alone £16.
We are two of them.

We’ve done our bit with unwanted goods to charity shops over the years, we have donated to the Lottery funds with our non-winning tickets, we put our shrapnel change into the Salvation Army collection boxes, we buy a Poppy every year and have supported various events like coffee mornings, happy to pay £1 for a slice of cake for a good cause.

But donation on a regular basis by direct debit?
No chance. We don’t know if we’ll have any ‘spare cash’ one week to the next.
Good on those who can, but sorry, we won’t be joining the ranks.

What worries me is if the freedom (necessity) of choice is to be taken away and it becomes compulsory to donate, just like rumoured plans for the TV licence to be included as a household tax. TV is a luxury we can’t afford either which is why we don’t have one.

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5 Responses to Charity Donations

  1. charlypriest says:

    And donate to whom, and why should someone donate if they don´t want to. They could donate to me that I´m broke now that I think about it…..

    • Exactly! I set up a regular d/d for a wildlife charity, and was supposed to be sent quarterly magazines and newsletters. It didn’t happen, but when I couldn’t afford to contribute regularly anymore, they were pretty quick off the mark to demand why!!

      • charlypriest says:

        But is it like a social type of thing that everybody does in the U.K. I lived there for 6 months and I don´t remember anything about social pressure to be a donator to anything or anybody.

      • The UK seems to be charity mad these days, with TV and the radio full of requests for donations for ‘good causes’ and disaster funds. Even ATMs have such payment transfers as an option now.
        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against charity at all but sometimes the media goes too far, so I guess it could be seen as peer pressure of sorts.

      • charlypriest says:

        I´m sure your a charitable person, I´m also sure that charity has to come from a person itself, not from social pressure. And have a good idea as to whom are you handing out the money.

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