At Christmas I always like to give some money to charity and for many years I chose a cancer charity or a charity near to home. But this year the plight of so many children all over the world has on many occasions moved me to tears and I feel I could better support a charity which helps these children.
I think of all those tragic families fleeing Aleppo - the news shots of them were so heart-rending and we never saw the worst of it all. And then there are the children suffering in the civil war in Yemen; I still cannot forget the sight of a little chap of about eight who had lost all his extended family of twenty four and had been rescued and was being cared for by a neighbour.
But now the difficult task of choosing the charity. When I read of the enormous salaries paid to the Directors of some of the major charities I begin to question what they are spending my money on. I am sure the people in charge could present a good argument as to why such a lot of money goes on such things but I am still not sure.
Also I remember some years ago giving money to a charity sending books and pencils and crayons to impoverished schools somewhere in Africa -I can't remember the name of the charity or the country involved - but I remember reading later that the materials never reached the schools but were stolen at the point of landing to be sold on.
I already give on direct debit to Great Ormond Street Hospital to assist in the building of a new wing for the parents of terminally ill children. I also support Save the Children. Am I supporting the right charities?
I have been really looking into this for a week or two because Elizabeth (About New York) is knitting me an elf hat for my new great grand-daughter and wants me to give money to a childrens' charity for it (it is on its way). At present I seem to be coming down in favour of
Medicin sans Frontiere, which seems to be doing such marvellous work.
Has anybody out there got any ideas please?