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Just a quick reminder to not forget to give a few quid to a few charities of your choice this Christmas. I know this might get a proper RL fan choking on their breakfast at the thought of giving away a couple of quid but they are probably struggling more than ever. 
For me, it’s been homeless causes, Salvation Army and Shelter have got the bulk of it so far. But a charity that looks after refugee kids in places like Yemen too. And a few other minor ones thrown in for good measure.

So, shake off the mothballs and spare a few quid. You know it makes sense. 

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29 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

Just a quick reminder to not forget to give a few quid to a few charities of your choice this Christmas. I know this might get a proper RL fan choking on their breakfast at the thought of giving away a couple of quid but they are probably struggling more than ever. 
For me, it’s been homeless causes, Salvation Army and Shelter have got the bulk of it so far. But a charity that looks after refugee kids in places like Yemen too. And a few other minor ones thrown in for good measure.

So, shake off the mothballs and spare a few quid. You know it makes sense. 

I’m sure like most on here, I’m no different in supporting a few national charities on a regular monthly donation basis.  Shelter is one of those for me too and I’ve also done voluntary work for Erasmus housing doing redecorating bits and bobs.

Got some involvement with the local volunteer Lions group where I live which perform a very longstanding Christmas toy appeal to ensure the most disadvantaged/vulnerable children get some toys.  They get referrals from schools, GPs, special needs schools, social services, battered wives respite care places etc to make sure the toys are going to the right place.  I can tell you that this year the demand for toys has been through the roof and I’m sure that’s a pattern reflected elsewhere.

I know charitable giving is a personal thing, but I’d just thought I’d give a bit of insight into the work that our local volunteer groups do and face.

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7 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I’m sure like most on here, I’m no different in supporting a few national charities on a regular monthly donation basis.  Shelter is one of those for me too and I’ve also done voluntary work for Erasmus housing doing redecorating bits and bobs.

Got some involvement with the local volunteer Lions group where I live which perform a very longstanding Christmas toy appeal to ensure the most disadvantaged/vulnerable children get some toys.  They get referrals from schools, GPs, special needs schools, social services, battered wives respite care places etc to make sure the toys are going to the right place.  I can tell you that this year the demand for toys has been through the roof and I’m sure that’s a pattern reflected elsewhere.

I know charitable giving is a personal thing, but I’d just thought I’d give a bit of insight into the work that our local volunteer groups do and face.

Great stuff. 
 

I perhaps should also mention my charitable work whereby I go around various charity shops and buy old vinyl LPs. 😎 (to be fair, I always pay more than the asking price)

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1 minute ago, Johnoco said:

Great stuff. 
 

I perhaps should also mention my charitable work whereby I go around various charity shops and buy old vinyl LPs. 😎 (to be fair, I always pay more than the asking price)

Haha, a selfless act and the vinyl gets a good home!

There’s also a natural feel good aspect to knowing you’ve done at least a little bit to help others whether formally or informally whether it be financial or other means.

It’s a good thread and it reminds me that I’ve been offered some volunteer leave by my employer each year where I can help (with their approval) a local charity providing it can be likened to work.

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11 hours ago, Johnoco said:


For me, it’s been homeless causes, Salvation Army and Shelter have got the bulk of it so far.

My wife works with homeless people here in Cambridge, for a charity. I asked her which charity I should give money to this Christmas and she named a homelessness charity - Centrepoint. Which is not the one she works for 🙂

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1 hour ago, JonM said:

My wife works with homeless people here in Cambridge, for a charity. I asked her which charity I should give money to this Christmas and she named a homelessness charity - Centrepoint. Which is not the one she works for 🙂

I think they work more with young people and getting them temporary accommodation? Either way, a great cause. Young people being homeless is tragic but especially so for young girls. 

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The two charities I am passionate about are the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the East Yorkshire Foodbank. I always stick a fiver in the air ambulance collection tin when I see them and I've done a lot of work with the foodbank. 

Whilst unemployed last year and the first half of this year I volunteered at the foodbank and it really opened my eyes to how much of a problem getting the most simple of foods is for some people. I've never had a lot of money but I've always just about been able to get a loaf of bread or some milk into the house and it really hit me how some people aren't able to do that despite living in one of the richest, most advanced countries in the world. I always got the impression that people living in total poverty in this country seem to just get forgotten. The appreciation they showed when you handed over a box with a few canned goods, some rice, pasta, cereals, maybe a box of tea and some UHT milk really brought a tear to my eye. All I wanted to do was hug them but I couldn't even do that with covid. 

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13 hours ago, Johnoco said:

I perhaps should also mention my charitable work whereby I go around various charity shops and buy old vinyl LPs. 😎 (to be fair, I always pay more than the asking price)

Having worked in a charity shop, the prices for records are always insanely optimistic. Although the money went to a good cause, I always felt a bit guilty when people bought LPs and singles at unrealistic mark-ups.

What happens is that someone in the back office looks up the album on eBay and uses the first price they see. And thus every high street has a Charity shop with a copy of Paul Young's No Parlez at £10.

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I've been long time supporter of a local LD charity both financially and my time and I chuck into the RNLI and the PDSA.

I do get inundated with mail and calls, particularly from the pdsa at this time of year. I don't mind really. This is their busiest time with a large drain on resources.

I support the RNLI cos their service is huge and expensive. Keeping well trained professionals and volunteers on good well maintained vessels  is expensive. I find their work outstanding. If you've ever seen a launch for real you will understand how "real" it all is compared with just having a look at a shiny vessel port side. 

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8 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Having worked in a charity shop, the prices for records are always insanely optimistic. Although the money went to a good cause, I always felt a bit guilty when people bought LPs and singles at unrealistic mark-ups.

What happens is that someone in the back office looks up the album on eBay and uses the first price they see. And thus every high street has a Charity shop with a copy of Paul Young's No Parlez at £10.

That's perfectly true and I generally find Oxfam to be the worst 'offenders' here. On the other side of the coin, I've asked some old dear behind the counter "how much is this white label DJ copy of Abbey Road"? and she'll say, "oh 50p love" so I've had to put them right a few times myself. 😆

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28 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

That's perfectly true and I generally find Oxfam to be the worst 'offenders' here. On the other side of the coin, I've asked some old dear behind the counter "how much is this white label DJ copy of Abbey Road"? and she'll say, "oh 50p love" so I've had to put them right a few times myself. 😆

offer her 30p

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There’s so many good causes that it can be hard to choose, Mrs Phil and I support two animal charities, Rottweiler Rescue and Tia Greyhound and whippet rescue and as we’ve done for the last umpteen years we’ll be helping serving up Christmas dinner at the local homeless centre.

After that it’s back to fermenting international revolution (joke 😂

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My wife had until lock-down, done over 10 years at an RNLI shop (open every day !) and various off-site events helping the shop into one of the highest turnovers in the country. Bloody hard work.  I contribute very modestly to Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, St Barnabas Hospice, Headway Lincolnshire and am coming to the end of a 13 year stint volunteering for the local branch of IAM RoadSmart. I gift aid when required..  It's more than time that volunteers contribute. Its transportation costs etc, too.

Its good to do, though, because you know it's all going to where YOU want it to go, its fulfilling and hardy ever is it a chore.

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43 minutes ago, JohnM said:

 

Its good to do, though, because you know it's all going to where YOU want it to go, its fulfilling and hardy ever is it a chore.

Cracking post. Love it.

I have to add there is some selfishness in me doing stuff with the local and wider LD community. It gives me a reight buzz and that difficult to describe emotion you get after you know you've made a difference.

Good post thread this and that John o' Connor for starting it. Just reading all the posts does give me a chink of hope all is not lost in this country.

 

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