Roughly 9 years ago, a friend of a friend stopped me in the street and asked me to sign up to monthly donations to Shelter; so I did, it was only £3 (or £36 a year). However, I promised (to myself) that one day, when I wasn’t a student and actually earned some money, that I’d increase my donations… but I didn’t, for a long time.
Thankfully, I have recently rectified that. I’m not a student any more; I make a reasonable living, so this year I decided to review my charitable donations and make some changes.
I’ve always tried to be as open as possible about this business, that’s why I publish my rates here on my site; with that openness in mind, here’s a run-down of my current charitable donations:
- The Christie, a Manchester-based Cancer centre that treats over 40,000 patients a year. Currently donating £600 a year.
- Wood Street Mission, a Manchester-based charity providing practical help to children and their families. Currently donating £180 a year.
- Shelter, a national UK charity working with homeless people. Currently donating £180 a year.
Then there’s one-off events like Children in Need, Sport Relief, Comic Relief and friends requesting sponsorship to run/swim/cycle somewhere too. There’s no point detailing them as they’re quite sporadic in nature.
Some of you reading this may think that’s a lot of money to give and others may think the exact opposite. Right now, with other financial commitments, it’s as much as I can afford and I’m okay with that.