Charity Donations across the UK
14 March 2013: Scots are the most generous nation in Britain donating an average £100 more per year than Wealthier Londoners
It is a cruel stereotype: that Scotsmen have a tendency towards thrift that sometimes borders on the downright tight-fisted.
According to a survey released today, it is entirely unfair. Quite the reverse, in fact – it shows that Scots are in fact the most charitable people in the UK.
More than 42 per cent of those in Scotland give money after watching a TV charity appeal – well above the national average of 25 per cent.
Scots are more likely to donate to sponsorship requests from friends and family, with 65 per cent giving compared to the national average of 54 per cent.
Scots are also more responsive to charity emails – with 18 per cent saying they prompt a donation, versus a national average of just 12 per cent.
The results were found by online charity donation service Give as you Live in a survey of 2,000 people.
The poll also showed that Londoners donated almost £100 less – £268 – despite earning 25 per cent more than the Scots.
Overall Scotland was the most generous nation in the UK £356 on average, followed by Wales on £328 and England on £285.
Rags to Riches – A Fairy Story – Based on Fact
Rags to Riches – A fairy Tale
Once upon a time, in a far distant land there lived a lovely young lady (Jo) who was very happy living with family, friends, working each day at the local art centre.
One day, whilst out walking she stumbled and cut her knee. Just then a handsome stranger came to her aid, cleaned the wound and applied a plaster he just happened to have in his back pocket. “My hero” the young lady thought and immediately fell in love.
The handsome young man (John) swept her up in his arms and carried her on his great white steed to her home, which was not that far distant.
From that day the two of them became inseparable and one year later they married in a beautiful church wedding.
The couple were blissfully happy for a time and just under one year later they were blessed with the birth of a daughter.
A few months after the birth of the baby a friend told the young mother that her husband John had been seen with another young lady at the time she had been in hospital.
Jo confronted John and he denied the allegation. But Jo was unconvinced and monitored her husband’s behaviour over the next few months.
He began drinking heavily and became ever more abusive punching Jo on two or three occasions.
Jo decided to leave the marriage but was unsure of the steps she would need to take.
Eventually she summoned the courage to phone home and tell her mother what her life was like. Her mother sent her money, enough to purchase air travel tickets so that she would be able to escape the tyrant her husband had become.
Jo contacted her sister Jane, who lived in a land far from where Jo was and asked if she would be able to help her.
Jane offered to provide assistance and Jo soon made her way to her sister’s place in the new country.
Jo soon felt at home in her adopted country. The warmth of the people was fantastic.
The state benefits system was difficult to understand, at first but total strangers would come to her assistance, if she appeared to be struggling.
The benefit’s system found and paid for accommodation for herself and her child. On top of that there were a number of other financial packages provided so as to ensure their continued health and well being.
Jo and her daughter were very happy and lived contented lives for some years in her new country.
But their happiness was short lived. Jo’s mother died from an illness that had beset her some year’s before.
Jo loved her mother very much, felt her loss terribly and promised herself she would do all she could to find way’s in which to support research into finding a cure so that others might be spared the agony and pain of the illness that had taken her mother.
Not long after Jo took a job (part-time), since she still had her young daughter to care for. The job entailed cleaning and providing a morning meal for an old gentleman who lived not that far from Jo.
In time she got to know the old man very well and discovered he had been an adventurer in his younger days.
She told him of her mother and the circumstances of her death and the old man was quite upset since he had lost friends in their youth.
He went on to tell Jo that he had buried a treasure many year’s before and she could have it all provided she used it wisely.
He gave Jo the details and she soon found the treasure which made her rich beyond her wildest dreams.
Jo soon put large amounts of her new found wealth to charitable causes throughout her adopted home land with particular support to researching the illness that had taken her mother.
She even took it upon herself to give much of her own time and effort publicly backing the charity to which she adopted as her own. The people loved her very much.
Then one day disaster struck. A similar but larger charity, based in another country decided it would not be possible to work together any more unless the smaller charity gave up it’s independence and joined with the larger organisation.
A takeover battle ensued. Jo was caught up in a number of skirmishes and gave her unqualified support to the charity of her adopted country.
The larger organisation continued to use their superior numbers against their smaller cousin and wore them down.
Having won the day and absorbed the charity the larger organisation completed a “night of the long knives” and fired many of the volunteers who, with Jo had done so much to increase healthcare research.
Jo was heartbroken and resigned from the charity, whilst retaining a personal interest in continuing healthcare research. In her resignation statement she said:
“There continues to be an escalating conflict between the “Home Charity”, which has my support and management in the “Other Charity”, driven by the imposition of their unwanted changes.
I have now reluctantly decided that I cannot, in good conscience, continue to be the public face of a charity that is changing beyond recognition from the one with which I have been so proud to be associated.
I have witnessed sad loss of immensely dedicated people and the increasing demoralisation of staff whom I have come to know and admire over the ten years of our association.”
And the morale of the story is!!!!!!!!!!!!……….Read this article I posted last year.
17 June 2015: Scotland’s leading charity for blind and partially-sighted people has been plunged into crisis over an apparent take-over by an English counterpart.
They will not cease expanding English control over Scottish charities. There is big money at stake and they are determined to gain control of it
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is planning to transfer staff and services from Scotland to the organisation that runs its services south of the Border.
The plan has left many fearing that its work and fundraising will be undermined.
The group’s Action for Blind People (ABP), which currently runs all the charity’s services in England, is to take over the operations.
However, staff in Scotland say there has been no explanation of how the strategy will work or evidence provided that it will benefit the 180,000 Scots with vision problems who currently receive help.
Unison’s voluntary sector organiser for Scotland Deborah Dyer said: “There is a complete lack of transparency about the business rationale for this move, what it will mean for the general public or how it will be of any benefit to service users. People are utterly baffled about what is going on.”
There are also questions over whether the Scottish Government, or the public, will be happy funding an English-based charity.
12 October 2012: Fresh turmoil for RNIB as Scotland’s director John Legg quits
The head of a leading Scottish charity has resigned in the wake of a furious internal row over the transfer of staff to a London-based partner organisation.
John Legg, the RNIB’s director in Scotland, had led it for more than 10 years. He was known to have opposed RNIB UK’s move to effectively run its Scottish operation from London under the auspices of Action for Blind People, a decision which was viewed by many staff north of the border as an English ‘takeover’.
Former RNIB Scotland chairman Ken Reid was also known to oppose the move, and Mr Reid’s successor Sandra Wilson criticised its timing and the failure to consult the charity’s members in Scotland.
While RNIB UK insists that Mr Legg left by choice, speculation is rife as to how and why his departure has come about. He announced that he was leaving in an email to staff, and is currently on leave, but is expected to remain in post until the end of the month.
One employee, who now works for Action for Blind People, along with more than 200 other former RNIB Scotland workers, said staff were shocked and dismayed.
“No reason was given for this, but obviously there’s speculation among staff here that he was pushed for not toeing the party line about Action.
“It’s possible John just had enough of it and decided to go on his own volition, but we all think it most likely he was told his position was untenable.
Asthma charity plans to shut the doors of Scottish office
23 July 2015: Asthma charity to quit Scotland in London Switch
The leading health charity is considering closing its Scottish office despite Holyrood ministers’ control of the NHS north of the Border.
Asthma UK is currently consulting on proposals to concentrate staff in London to make better use of its limited funds.
But it has been urged to think again by campaigners who fear its work will be undermined in Scotland.
15 August 2015: Experts have voiced fears that more health charities will shut their Scottish offices in the wake of a number of high -profile cases.
Campaigners warn that the move should not become a wider trend. It is understood that around half a dozen organisations are thought to be looking at the possibility of moving staff to England.
Scottish animal charity donations misdirected to England
The SSPCA respond to calls about cruelty to animals in Scotland, and as such calls for assistance or to donate should be made to them, not the RSPCA.
A donation to the RSPCA doesn’t get spent in Scotland.
Action needed now
There is a call for the establishment of a “Scottish Society for the Blind” (SSB) which can concentrate on lobbying the appropriate Scottish Government Ministers, tailoring its activities to Scotland, and our different laws and social services.
Bluntly, if these charities based in England close their doors in Scotland, then new doors should be opened and the door closed to the so-called “National” (as in UK) ones.
The “Third Sector” in Scotland is allocated many £ millions annually by the Scottish government, much of it arising from the Big Lottery Fund. It is a nonsense to give financial support to charitable organisations that are based in England.
The Scottish government should introduce legislation requiring charities benefit-ting from government support, to be registered and managed in Scotland.