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.