I caught myself being quite abrubt to a charity collector the other day.
It wasn’t the fact that it was an unworthy cause – it fact it was very deserving – but over many years of being subject to dozens of such requests I’ve adopted a policy that I stick to.
Unless I’m supporting a colleague who’s takng part in a fundaising event, I’ll generally just support four charities – Cancer Research because the disease has claimed the lives of too many people I knew and loved, Epilepsy Scotland as my grandad was a sufferer, Alzheimers Scotland as my grandma was afflicted with the ilness, and Strathcarron Hospice which does an amazing amount of work locally
That doesn’t mean the victims of Gaza bombings, Guide Dogs for the Blind, etc., etc., are not deserving of our support. They certainly are, but my money can only go so far.
Unfortunately, that does mean that some volunteers get a rather mean-sounding ‘‘No, thanks’’ when they approach me shaking their collection tins, so, if it’s happened to you, I can only apologise.
What I should be explaining is that I restrict my donations to just a few charities and, while I’m sure their cause is a just one, I won’t be making a donation today,
It eats a bit into their collecting time though ...