Fed-up with Comic Relief and red noses - I'll give to charity when I choose: Editor's Eye comment

News Shopper: Is anyone else fed up with Comic Relief? Is anyone else fed up with Comic Relief?

WHEN I give to charity I do so entirely willingly and, I believe, with the very best of intentions.

But I refuse point blank to be forced or bullied into handing over my hard-earned cash.

I have never been, and never will be, the victim of a chugger.

Nor will I be coerced into supporting charity events simply because they’ve been around for years I have, for some time, supported children in Africa and have backed other projects on the continent.

I’m also aware it won’t be well received, but I have to say I’m sick to the back teeth of Comic Relief.

This has nothing to do with the good causes it supports or failing to realise just how great the need is, it’s purely down to fatigue with the event.

I’ve sat in a bath of beans, done a charity radio night and eaten my share of ‘special’ cakes.

I’ve even braved the pain of wearing a nose, but no more.

I shall give to charity when I decide to and certainly don’t need a series of average, over-paid, egotistical celebrities telling me what to do. Perhaps it’s different for kids who are fresh to it, perhaps they’re not so jaded after 25 years of red noses.

In that case, I’ll donate when and where I choose and leave the cakes, noses, beans and silly radio soundbites to them.

Do you also suffer TV charity fundraiser fatigue? Do you enjoy watching celebs climb mountains, ride bikes or swim rivers - or do you switch off at the sight of do-gooding stars? Do you feel under pressure to take part when big charity events come around? Add your comments below.

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11:43am Thu 14 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

Andrew,

I tend to ignore the whole “event” and can’t remember the last time I sat down to watch the comic relief programme. Perhaps being a journalist/editor it’s difficult to keep tabs on things when not be able to look at the TV or internet. You could sky+ the aforementioned show and skip to the funny bits, so you’re not forced or bullied into handing over your hard-earned cash

Although, when it comes to sponsoring someone, I would happily donate to a charity of your choice, if you and your entire staff at NS, were all to wear hoody’s (in non-windy conditions) and whack your hockey sticks at imitational foxes (this does not include dogs with ginger fur).

I’ve have 37p in used coins all ready and waiting to donate!!!
:o)
Andrew, I tend to ignore the whole “event” and can’t remember the last time I sat down to watch the comic relief programme. Perhaps being a journalist/editor it’s difficult to keep tabs on things when not be able to look at the TV or internet. You could sky+ the aforementioned show and skip to the funny bits, so you’re not forced or bullied into handing over your hard-earned cash Although, when it comes to sponsoring someone, I would happily donate to a charity of your choice, if you and your entire staff at NS, were all to wear hoody’s (in non-windy conditions) and whack your hockey sticks at imitational foxes (this does not include dogs with ginger fur). I’ve have 37p in used coins all ready and waiting to donate!!! :o) Tip-Top
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12:25pm Thu 14 Feb 13

the wall says...

I’ll donate when and where I choose ........ Being say that for years. Well done for having the balls to publish your feelings.
I’ll donate when and where I choose ........ Being say that for years. Well done for having the balls to publish your feelings. the wall
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12:26pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Polly Staight says...

I stopped watching the television, when it stopped entertaining me anymore...

Whenever I catch a passing glimpse nowadays, it always seems to be patronising rubbish.
I stopped watching the television, when it stopped entertaining me anymore... Whenever I catch a passing glimpse nowadays, it always seems to be patronising rubbish. Polly Staight
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9:38pm Thu 14 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

Hear! Hear!

TV is now dumbed down, and these
"gimick nights" give all those involved
a boost to their flagging careers

RNLI NSPCC RBL these are the charities we should support!
Hear! Hear! TV is now dumbed down, and these "gimick nights" give all those involved a boost to their flagging careers RNLI NSPCC RBL these are the charities we should support! nearly right all the time
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10:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

rescaaffering oldey says...

...my old war hero pal regularly donates to his favourite 'charity' ...i never get involved with his views!! rofl!!
...my old war hero pal regularly donates to his favourite 'charity' ...i never get involved with his views!! rofl!! rescaaffering oldey
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10:53am Fri 15 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

rescaaffering oldey wrote:
...my old war hero pal regularly donates to his favourite 'charity' ...i never get involved with his views!! rofl!!
Your racist charity ( BNP ) needs every penny it can scrounge from its dumb members though Karl. All that financial mismanagement of its accounts, where does all the dollar go, into what fat cants pockets.
[quote][p][bold]rescaaffering oldey[/bold] wrote: ...my old war hero pal regularly donates to his favourite 'charity' ...i never get involved with his views!! rofl!![/p][/quote]Your racist charity ( BNP ) needs every penny it can scrounge from its dumb members though Karl. All that financial mismanagement of its accounts, where does all the dollar go, into what fat cants pockets. Gypo.Joe
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1:36pm Fri 15 Feb 13

hereallweek says...

nearly right all the time wrote:
Hear! Hear!

TV is now dumbed down, and these
"gimick nights" give all those involved
a boost to their flagging careers

RNLI NSPCC RBL these are the charities we should support!
The RNLI and many other large charities have millions in reserves and pay their Chief Executives around the £100K mark yet stillrely on volunteers. The RNLI, some years ago, was said to be able to re -equip their whole fleet and still have millions in reserves. It is the small local charities that struggle to cope and close. The local charities overheads are nothing like the big national ones. Why, for example, does the Salvation Army need plush offuices a minute from St. Paul's Cathederal? They could slash their overheads by moving to a suburb.
[quote][p][bold]nearly right all the time[/bold] wrote: Hear! Hear! TV is now dumbed down, and these "gimick nights" give all those involved a boost to their flagging careers RNLI NSPCC RBL these are the charities we should support![/p][/quote]The RNLI and many other large charities have millions in reserves and pay their Chief Executives around the £100K mark yet stillrely on volunteers. The RNLI, some years ago, was said to be able to re -equip their whole fleet and still have millions in reserves. It is the small local charities that struggle to cope and close. The local charities overheads are nothing like the big national ones. Why, for example, does the Salvation Army need plush offuices a minute from St. Paul's Cathederal? They could slash their overheads by moving to a suburb. hereallweek
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12:04am Mon 18 Feb 13

pamela8 says...

I do get upset at reports of starving kids,and have donated in the past to several of these appeals,Then it dawned on me that its like pouring water into a pot full of holes..Nothing ever changes? I still see mothers having babies,the babies then die because there is nothing to feed them with,.The mothers go on to get pregnant again,,So babies are just born to die..I stopped giving..I will gladly send a box of Durex..But there are no appeals for them??? just money money money...So where is this money going to.? Why isn, andt it being used to educate men and women about sex and babies,what about family planning clinics,,,Sick of it..Somethings got to change,Somethings got to give..its heartbreaking to see such irresponsible behaviour that results in the terrible death of a child...
I do get upset at reports of starving kids,and have donated in the past to several of these appeals,Then it dawned on me that its like pouring water into a pot full of holes..Nothing ever changes? I still see mothers having babies,the babies then die because there is nothing to feed them with,.The mothers go on to get pregnant again,,So babies are just born to die..I stopped giving..I will gladly send a box of Durex..But there are no appeals for them??? just money money money...So where is this money going to.? Why isn, andt it being used to educate men and women about sex and babies,what about family planning clinics,,,Sick of it..Somethings got to change,Somethings got to give..its heartbreaking to see such irresponsible behaviour that results in the terrible death of a child... pamela8
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9:57pm Mon 18 Feb 13

paulbexleyheath says...

hate it when charities knock at me door, say they aint selling nothing , but want me to set up a direct debit. isnt it better to give when you want and how much you want rather than another monthly bill
hate it when charities knock at me door, say they aint selling nothing , but want me to set up a direct debit. isnt it better to give when you want and how much you want rather than another monthly bill paulbexleyheath
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