I have made a regular donation by direct debit to the MacMillan Cancer Charity since the death of a friend just over a year ago. I was unable to attend his funeral so this was my way of saying goodbye and doing something positive in his honour.
Other than that, my charitable contributions are fairly hit and miss and tend to be of a loose change variety rather than any significant amount.
My favourite way of supporting worthy causes is through the Charity Shop route. I regularly give donations and every once in a while I will take a walk into town without my little ones in tow with the express purpose of doing the Charity Shop Circuit. I find it strangely relaxing and enjoyable and if I am ever lucky enough to come away with a bargain, that is a bonus.
During the summer last year, daughter Ivy volunteered at our local Cancer Research shop. I would pop in regularly to see how she was getting on and have a little browse while I was there.
I am usually drawn first to the books.
I have picked up some lovely, good as new picture books for my little girl to boost her growing collection (she is already showing signs of being an avid reader).
|From 25p to £1.49 each|
I always check the shelves for knitting books to keep my mum busy with her wool and needles.
I love it when I find a novel that interests me.
Buying full priced books for myself is something I just don't do. I sometimes go to the library but I get a bit panicky about overdue books and fines. Buying a book from the charity shop means I can read at my leisure, not worry if one of the babies should get hold of it erroneously believing it to be a colouring book / teething toy and I'll even allow myself the luxury of reading it in the bath without fear of the proximity of the paper unfriendly water.
During a recent forage in Oxfam, I purchased a hardback copy of Stephen King's epic novel "Under the Dome". I love the horror genre and Stephen King's style of storytelling. My daughter Taylor is currently working her way through my collection, rekindling my interest. My latest acquisition sits temptingly on my bookshelf with the rest of the "to be read pile". Now if only I had the time......
|£1.99 compared with jacket price of £19.99|
A contribution to Me and my shadow's Magpie Monday