International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity

According to today is the UN’s International Day of Charity! So I thought I might share some thoughts with you.

I do believe in supporting charities – who wouldn’t want to give money to a good cause. I’m not keen on all these celebrity endorsements though. Whenever I see a celebrity advertise a specific charity I can’t help but think “rather than preach to me about donating what little money I have, I hope that you’ve donated actual money rather than just your time?”

If truth be told, money  is tight at the moment since I’m on maternity leave and so I’m not actually donating to any charity at the moment (charity begins at home eh?). However as soon as I’m back on normal pay I intend to start donating again – roughly £5 a month. Here are the charities in contention!

Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust

This is a great little charity that helps dogs. They aim to rehome every dog but if they can’t they will never let a healthy dog die and so have shelters around the UK housing dogs.

I’ve donated to the Dogs Trust before – I love to help doggies in need! As a donor you receive a quarterly magazine with personalised address stickers. There also a bi-annual raffle and they send you a book of tickets to try and sell. There’s no obligation to sell any. Sometimes I do and sometimes I dont.

If you want to find out more about this great charity then head on over to the Dogs Trust website.

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer's Society

Taid was never actually diagnosed with dementia when he was alive but he clearly had it. Poor man was more than just confused. I find this to be such a cruel disease and would do anything to stop anyone having to suffer from it.  Although I think more often than not it’s the families that suffer more than the person with the disease. It’s the worst thing to watch that person you knew slip away from you knowing there’s nothing you can do.

So yes I will donate to this charity so we can combate this bitch of a disease! I also want to join in a Memory Walk next year since I wasn’t able to do it last year (didn’t fancy all that walking whilst pregnant!).

How about you? Are you charitable and are you donating to any specific charities?

{When I had originally prepared this post the refugee crisis hadn’t hit the headlines and certainly the image of poor little Aylan Kurdi hadn’t been seen. Honestly, if there’s a time to do something charitable, now is the time to do it. So I’m going to try and donate some items to the cause – I know there’s plenty of clothes I could get rid of)



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  1. 5th Sep 2015 / 12:32 pm

    My grandma has dementia – probably Alzheimer’s. She remembers everything from when she was young but has no idea who half my cousins are.

    I’ve sponsored about 6 people who are doing the Great North Run! That’s my donations done for a while.

    • Becster
      9th Sep 2015 / 9:35 pm

      That’s how Taid was. He would remember going on dates with my Nain from when he was in his 20s! But he was able to recognise people but no idea how old they are so for example he’d recognise I was me, but would be thinking I was still a small child. :/ Really sad isn’t it?

      I’ve done a lot of sponsors this year as well.

  2. 9th Sep 2015 / 3:05 am

    I don’t donate regularly. But I do donate at almost every cash register and to a variety of causes. I am also about to start volunteering which I am excited for. I think you have chosen two great charities there though!

    • Becster
      9th Sep 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Ooo volunteering!! Fun! I wish I had time to volunteer at a dog shelter.

      • 12th Sep 2015 / 1:21 am

        I used to volunteer at a dog shelter but the shelters around here never seem to need any volunteers.

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