Fundraising – what could be more ethical? Our country has a massive charity culture – many many services are provided by charities, which in other countries just wouldn’t happen. While I personally think we could pay more tax in order to meet the needs of those who suffer, I appreciate that it would not be practical for all fundraising to be replaced by taxation.
For many charities, the autonomy that comes with being independent of central or local government is invaluable and they can provide what the trustees feel is needed rather than what the authorities can afford. In this way a superior quality of provision can be made, while regulators ensure that rules and laws are adhered to.
I spent today at a fantastic fundraising event. It was actually a community event, which benefited my favourite charity, St Peter’s Hospice, at the same time. This, to me, is perfect fundraising. Give people something and they will reward you. Whether that gift is a day out, a cake, a raffle ticket, a pre-loved dress, a drink or just a smile, the person making the donation is getting something in return.
St Peter’s Hospice has to continually fundraise in order to raise the £7million+ needed to run the organisation every year. Today’s event was Portishead Soapbox racing and I hope to write more about that tomorrow.
I am a woman of a certain age (not 60 yet!) who lives in Bristol. I’ve lived almost my whole life in Bristol, with a short sojourn in Cornwall in my teens. I am trying to lead my life in an ethical way in all areas and hope to explore what this means.
I have four passions and several interests so I hope I will have plenty to write about. My passions are my family, knitting, cricket and St Peter’s Hospice. My other interests are volunteering, the environment, reading, TV, films & theatre, fundraising, chronic fatigue, mental health and eating. My non-interests are animals, housework, football, rugby and cooking.
I come from a family of four – two sisters and a brother. Our parents dies a few years ago. I am married to my soulmate Colin, an amazing man who tolerates my funny ways and supports me in everything I do. We have three children and two wonderful granddaughters. I am so proud of my family – we must have done something right as they are all good people. I have two sons-in-law who I love like my own and together we all make up a family unit where everyone loves and respects everyone else.
I am a total hypochondriac but do have some genuine problems, some of which I may talk about at a later date. At the moment I am overweight and have just started to eat more healthily, which I think is the answer to weight loss. We were on holiday last week and enjoyed puddings and cakes every day.
I work part-time and Colin is recently retired. This means that we have been able to spend much more time together doing some of the things we’ve been meaning to do – some planned and some spontaneous. I love this period of my life – I just wish I had the energy to match the time and the opportunities available!
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