First and foremost, I am NOT knocking charity, but following a train of thought that could provide more money for a worthy cause.
Anyone following my blog will know I am a doggie person. I love dogs, no matter what breed, size or shape, and when I worked for the bank, my chosen charity ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’ was pulled out of the hat for the support of our monthly Dress Down Day.
I baked, and raised over £70 which, with the ‘fee’ for dressing down, was matched by the company and the charity received a substantial cheque.
Dogs, or any pet for that matter, are great company, a terrific ice breaker, and loyal companion, working or not, and I have become chatty with a local gentleman who housetrains puppies which will hopefully go on for Guide Dog training.
There is an advert currently running on TV for Guide Dogs.
I remember as a kid collecting the foil milk bottle tops for the cause, but these days charity contributions and support are preferred by regular direct debits rather than a bucket on the High Street.
They are asking for just one pound a week to sponsor a pup to be a guide dog.
For that, you will receive photographs and updates, plus a cuddly toy.
And that is when I get angry.
Cuddly toys are around a fiver a time.
That’s another five puppies for training.
The charity can send photographs and printed updates by all means, but save money by kicking the cuddlies into touch and instead spend it on the real thing, the chance to enhance or even change the life of someone who has lost their sight.
As an aside, it is not just Guide Dogs, but all Assistance Dogs (Service Dogs to our American friends) that would benefit from sponsorship or donations.
I have no connections whatsoever to any charities, but do have a love of animals and know how much they can mean to a person and improve their quality of life.
Just a thought.