Thursday, 4 March 2010

Charity Start At Home

Remember my idea to use the money we would normally spend at work on Christmas cards for each other for charity instead? Yesterday we got a letter from the school we donated the money to:

Hello Everyone,

We were very pleased to see Andy yesterday to hand over our £60 that you kindly raised for us.
Today we went out on the bus to go shopping in Plymouth to spend the money. We chose to buy some DVDs, books and a CD out of the money.


Top 20 Collection

17 Again

Alvin and the chipmunks
Nanny McPhee


The hungry caterpillar

Dear Zoo


She rocks

Thank you again
Rebecca, Josh, Freddie, Megan, Sophie, Ben, Kieran and Gary (+ the staff)

I now feel rather smug, but then I’ve actually done something to help others less fortunate than myself. I’m also feeling immensely self-satisfied that 100% of what we collected went direct to the school – not that I’m decrying the sterling work that many charities do. If we all took charity into our own hands, the sad thing is that many deserving people who currently receive charity donations would no longer receive them – so perhaps I shouldn’t really feel so smug.

The UK veteran politician Michael Foot has died at the age of 96. Strangely enough I was thinking about him not 2 days ago and wondering if he was still alive. I looked him up on Wiki to check. Bugger me, 2 days later he’s dead. Synchronicity? I’m currently thinking of someone else, but unfortunately they’re not on Wiki and thus the hex won’t work.


  1. I hope you're never thinking of me.

    Did I just say that?

    Also I think you meant he was 90. I hope. Cos I know British politicians are infantile, but aged 9??

    What a lovely post Bill-man. But I do agree with your view that we need to take charity into our own hands and thus all feel that smugness which is possibly after all only the feeling of nurturing one's innate spirit of caring for others....shit, you're deep...

  2. Braja: Thanks for pointing that out. Correction made.

  3. How lovely of them to write to you like that with such details.

    Michael Foot always looked about 90 something if you ask me. Right back from 1979. He was one of Husband's favourite politicians. My mum's is Margaret Thatcher. Who is yours?

  4. I think you have every right to feel smug but I do think they may live to regret Alvin and The Chipmunks.

  5. That 'Christmas Cracker' response entitles you to a little bit of smug. Enjoy the feeling - you guys earned it.

    Can't help feeling a 'loss' at the passing of Footy. The guy was for real; sadly miscast ...

  6. Well done, that man. Obviously appreciated by the response.