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I received a phone call last night. The caller started with 'Don't worry - I'm not going to ask you to donate' and mentioned the name of a well-known national charity.

Some charities given up a lot responsibilities Barbara Cathays, It is one charity, amongst several others, that I had paid membership fees and donated money to regularly over the years. He ended up by suggesting I bequest money to the charity in my Will. I explained that I preferred to give help during my lifetime. He said that the charity should benefit after my death because hadn't they helped me and my family? The question caught me by surprise and, without thinking, I replied, 'No'. I heard a sharp intake of breath (shock?) from the other end. It made me think. There are good charities that do help, but some I wonder about - the sort that has given up a lot of their responsibilities and good works and just act as a sign-post. They pass the referral on to the local council social service have lot of their department who carry out the work but the charity takes all the credit and spends considerable sums of money on advertising for donations. I know - I have become a cynic in my old age but I have had experience of so many different charities because of experiences after more than 30 years as a social worker, my son's mental and physical disabilities and having been a Carer (unpaid) for over 17 of elderly/infirm parents who came to live in my home.

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The cliffs of Penarth are sun-kissed but clouds are drifting here just like the summer crows.

The Seafarers' Memorial stirs my soul with a wreck one side and a drowned sailor poignantly on the other, hard to imagine tragedy on this sum-mer's day. Yet some teenagers wander along without a glance, glued to mobiles, some discuss the boozy night before, thoughts far away from the victims of war.

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I sip coffee outside Carlucci's relaxing and watching the world go by underneath a transient summer sky. Guy Fletcher Pantmawr, Cardiff The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters.

call last department work the 30 worker, Some charities have given up a lot of their responsibilities Barbara MacArthur Cathays, Cardiff

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 12, 2016
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