I have decided we are very good at giving to charity in this country. Sport Relief last night raised over £55 million, and that is without all the sponsored events going on this weekend. Kids in schools up and down the country have got involved, which also means their parents and families have got involved ~ at least financially. Similar events annually reach or exceed these totals – Children In Need and Comic Relief, to name just two. That is without all the money donated to street collections, raised in sponsored events large and small, like marathons; all the monthly ongoing donations people make; as well as special appeals following disasters.
As of last year, there were more than 195,000 registered charities in the UK, raising about £80 billion a year. According to the Daily Mail (source Google), they also employ a million staff (more than our car or chemical sectors). These charities do amazing work in supporting often the most vulnerable in our society ~ the sick and dying, the disabled, the young and old, the trees and the animals. If it was not for charities, then the UK would surely be in an even worse state than it already is.
Clearly we are a nation of generous people. We may see a need and want to fill it, or the need may be identified to us and we feel we are able and in a position to help, so we do. God bless all those who support our charities.