I imagine that, like me, you are inundated with letters asking for charitable donations. I had two charities that I gave to every month - the RSPB and Great Ormond Street Hospital. In addition to this the farmer and I always have a charity we support at Christmas as a special one off - usually UNICEF.
A few months ago Great Ormond Street's charity organiser rang me - told me how valuable my contribution was and told me what they were doing with the money - a worthwhile cause indeed as they are building a new block to house families of severely ill children who need the support of their mum and dad. At the end of the conversation she asked if I would double my contribution each month. I did a quick calculation and decided that as RSPB already get my membership fee four times a year I would transfer the extra money I sent them each month and add it on to my Great Ormond Street contribution - a more worthwhile cause I believe. I really cannot afford to increase my charitable donations. And so I did this.
Now this morning I have had another letter from Great Ormond Street asking if I can afford more.
This is not an isolated case. It happens with most charities one helps out. Every so often, once they have your address, they contact you to see if you will give even more. There was even a case in the Times a few months ago about a lady who had twenty seven monthly direct debits to charities.
I shall continue with my monthly debit to Great Ormond Street because I think it is such a worthy cause. But I am sure it does put people off contributing if they are constantly bombarded with more and more requests for money - either by letter or worse still by telephone.
How do you feel about this?