There is Enough guilt in this World…..

December 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm 7 comments

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I do this as one person, my own wee mission. I don’t do political here, I am not here to make anyone feel guilt, I don’t want to impel anyone to give to a children’s charity, I only mean to persuade. I like people to tell me about the donations they make so that we can see how kind people really are and the organisations that their hard-earned money goes to.

I would class myself as a wet liberal, please note the use of the small ‘l’. I believe that we should all work hard to keep ourselves and our families and that we pay taxes to help those who cannot do that. I believe in healthcare, education and care for the elderly and those who cannot work to pay taxes to help themselves. I also believe that charities are there to help specific causes and are an addendum to health and social care in the local and wider world. All fairly sensible stuff?

I then saw a headline on the BBC this morning for this story – The article has the headline ‘Ministers urge giving to charity at the cash machine’.

Anyone who knows me from here or Twitter will know that I don’t do angry, I am all fluffy bunnies and lightness. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, this is what I am like as a person, at least most of the time. Secondly, I don’t want to dictate or order people about, I prefer amusement, persuasion and a lot of daftness.

However, today I am cross. Don’t get me wrong, I know why spending cuts are happening and I know the root causes of the mess. I don’t need to debate banks or spending to get out of recession, there are enough people doing this without me joining in. However, I don’t like the thought of people being asked to donate money when they are at a cashpoint. In my mind there is a certain irony that banks prompt us to donate to organisations who have lost funding due to Government cuts, or is that just me?

I do agree that there is more that could be done. Businesses and banks as well as the public will always be necessary for charities to function. That does not mean to say that it should be in your face when you are getting £20 to buy groceries for the dinner! I would like giving to be the ‘social norm’ but I think it is disingenuous to launch a policy in this way. Big society is not a replacement for the duty of care that Government has, whether you think this is implicit or explicit.

I will continue to blog about giving to children’s charities. I will continue to Give as I Earn. I will continue to sponsor friends and colleagues as they walk/run/absail for good cause. I will continue to take part myself. I will also continue to put money in collection boxes as I am out and about. I hope that you will all do the same. However, I will never try to make you feel impelled or guilty if that is not what you want to do. I am not here to coerce anyone, I will happily nag as I go but I disagree with a new ‘persuasion’ when you go to the bank or are filling in a tax return. Donating is about choice, not about guilt.

Okay, rant over:) I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Montgomery  |  December 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Well said Lesley.
    Most people at a cash machine are doing sums to work out what they can and can’t afford, without the added pressure of this kind of guilt trip.
    Most people I know are as generous as they can be, and it doesn’t need to be about money. Something that escapes most of this current Government I think.

    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Iain, it was one of my quickest posts ever but was my instinctive reaction to the news.

      Most people are as generous as they can afford without trying to add more guilt into the mix.

      Take care,

      Lesley xxx

  • 3. ivanjelical  |  December 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The irony, as you pointed out, of being asked to donate at banks that got us in this mess in the first place. Now if they did a little GAYE reminder rather than ask for a donation, I could go with that.

    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      We are like-minded there Neill:) I have calmed down a little now but there was steam coming out of my ears earlier!

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  • 6. the.digger.notes  |  December 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Lesley,
    This is the future. Get used to it or change it. Simples!
    Remember the trickle down effect of Regan and Bush did not materialise in their version of the Big Society in the US and so it will be here where the poorest will be allowed to drift and the richest protected.

    • 7. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Hello Digger,

      My worry is that the trickle down will not work and children will be worse off. Political is not my bag but I am allowed to worry all the same.

      Thanks for the comment:)

      Take care of you and yours,

      Lesley xx


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