YP Letters: Why I'm not going the extra mile for Sport Relief

From: Hugh Rogers, Messingham Road, Ashby.

IN all sincerity, I cannot claim that the South Yorkshire 
Eating Disorders Association, 
the Women’s Resource 
Centre or indeed any of the 30-odd Yorkshire based “good causes” listed as beneficiaries of last year’s Comic Relief 
are particularly close to my heart.

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Much the same applies to Children in Need because, to me, it is manifestly unclear what children are involved or what they need – an unsatisfactory state of affairs because really I think I should know, in advance, and in fairly particular terms, what my money will be spent on. Giving via any of these megafundraisers might be fun, but it is a very inefficient way of channelling my money to where I want it to go.

If I wanted help sick children, for example, I would give money directly to a charity which specialises in that area. To me, there seems no point in giving it to someone else and hoping that they feel the same way I do. Because, good people though they undoubtedly are, they probably have other priorities.

As a result the likelihood is that only a tiny percentage of my original donation will find its way to the cause I really want to help. So I’m sorry, Sport Relief, but I am afraid I do not feel able to support you this year.