Give and Take

The fantastic effort by Captain Tom and the fantastic response by the British public shows an altruistic enthusiasm that hides a dark underbelly shown by others.

The “JustGiving” operation is best renamed “JustTaking” for its operation is not quite as altruistic as the public using its services. The fund raising website takes 10% commission on all donations, effectively removing a chunk of cash, in this case destined for the NHS and CARE operations.

They have operating costs of course and like gambling websites offer a tainted message to their users. Of course you the donor can pay their costs as an optional extra ensuring the original sum you donated is free of ‘charges’- if you can find the drop box which allows this action. JustGiving explains on the web site; ‘they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity’ in the meantime Capt Tom’s donation pot was reduced and ‘cost’ the NHS around £2.9m in charges. Let’s hope the Just Giving/Taking web owners don’t catch the virus don’t need hospital treatment.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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