Food for thought – gifts that help other people

I’m determined not to leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute this year no more flapping about in a blind panic. I’ll aim to be like Muddy, calm, organised and on the sauce by the 24th.

The world and its inhabitants have gone through a lot this year with both natural and political disasters affecting so many, so I’m thinking this year’s present list should definitely be gifts that help other people, in the past we’ve sent cows and built toilets, here are a few new ideas to ponder on.  A £13 donation to Unicef will provide 100 polio vaccines for children, £18 will proved 3 quality footballs for kids to play, exercise and have fun or £322 will build a water pump for a school or community.

£20 to Macmillan will provide an hour of care for a patient with cancer, £10 to Refuge will buy a young homeless person a Christmas dinner, £30 will ensure a safe comfortable bed for the night.   A donation to The Trussell Trust, who partner with local communities, helps stop UK hunger through their 400 strong network of foodbanks.

You could give £11 to Save the Children and they’ll kit out a child living in freezing conditions with warm winter clothing, £78 will buy 2 goats, to provide a family with milk meat and an income selling future baby goats and £158 will secure a year’s education transforming a child’s life.  Embrace will take your £30 and provide food parcels for refugee families.  Or how about buying all your friends an Age UK Lottery ticket?

WWF offers the opportunity to help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals adopting a leopard or a dolphin perhaps for £3 a month.   Grab a family membership to RSPB for £5 a month.  Alan has asked for a calendar from Dogs Trust

We performed at the King’s Hall in Ilkley on Friday.  A beautiful venue lovingly restored by The Friends of the King’s Hall & Winter Garden formed in 2000.  The difference from my first visit in 2004 to now is spectacular and for £25 you can join the friends and contribute to their good work.  Speaking of fine venues Victoria Hall in Settle – the oldest music hall in the world, £10 makes you a friend of the hall, £100 you can sponsor a balcony seat which includes a little name plaque.  Food for thought.