Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Abuse of the Gift Aid scheme

What a lovely guy eh? Just think what could have been done with that money....

An accountant to Wayne Rooney and Jeremy Paxman, who taunted the taxman by recording a version of "I Will Survive" boasting of his greed, has been jailed for 18 months over a £70m tax fraud which he masterminded at the expense of charities.

David Perrin, 47, a former HMRC official, exploited the Gift Aid scheme to help 600 wealthy clients offset their 40 per cent higher tax rate and take a slice of the profits himself. The colourful accountant spent his share of the £4.55m proceeds from the scam on exotic holidays, sports cars, works of art and expensive houses.

Dannie's readathon

I made such a mess of Dannie's 12 hour readathon that I forgot to post!!

This is what I wanted to read:

But we had visitors, I seem to be constantly feeding the baby (and I am a complete slacker) - this is what I actually read:

But still. The "how to be a happy mum" is really good and it looks like Dannie has raised about £200 for CLIC Sargent and also encouraged people to dust off their old tomes!!

Sunday, 12 February 2012


Hi Jen!
Thanks for your comment on the Vinnie Jones post - I've had "Nelly the Elephant" stuck in my head ever since!

Your blog is fab -I've spent hours reading through and consider it time well wasted!

Look forward to reading more!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

ChIldren's Hope Foundation

Bit boring, but just coins in a collection tin for a man collecting outside Smiths for the CHildren's Hope FOundation.

Children's Hope Foundation is a young growing charity whose aim is to improve the quality of life for children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty by meeting, within our power,their social and medical needs.

With recommendations from, family members, medical facilities, community-based organizations as well as other charities, in the Untied Kingdom, we will always try respond in a practical way to the needs of the children hardest hit by their situation.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


A very reasonable 50p in the pot for this week's NCT Bumps and Babes group, which reminds me that I have signed up for the forthcoming Nearly new sale! It means there may possibly be an end in sight for the piles of baby stuff that is already too small and is currently adorning my dining room floor!

If you live locally and fancy buying some of my 0-3 month old clothes and toys, as well as the other good stuff on offer, the details are these:

Sunday 11th March from 11.15 at Kennet School Stoney Lane Thatcham RG19 4LL

Sunday, 5 February 2012

This week's theme on Channel 4's "4thought" slot is "What's the point of charity?"

Despite economic hard times the Government has announced that Britain will increase annual foreign aid to £12 billion by 2014. According to one recent survey, over 43% of British taxpayers would scrap the international aid budget completely.


The clear out continues! Just how much stuff do I have?! More books (mostly sporting biographies and football books from my teenage years) and clothes to the Tenovus charity shop in Cheap STreet, Sherborne.

At Tenovus our aims are simple: to help prevent, treat and find a cure for cancer.

In doing that we offer support, advice and treatment for cancer patients, information on cancer prevention and funding for research to improve the outcomes for people with cancer.

We do this where it is needed most - right at the heart of the community.

our vision:
We want a future where

fewer people get cancer everyone with cancer will have equal access to excellent treatment and support

our mission:
We will work in partnership to deliver innovative research-led cancer prevention, treatment and support in the community to people with the greatest need, initially in Wales.

our aims:
To deliver this vision, we have agreed a set of 4 strategic aims for the organisation for the next five years. They are:

aim 1 To provide treatment to cancer patients closer to home.

aim 2 To improve equity of access to cancer services.

aim 3 To deliver unique support services to cancer patients and their families.

aim 4 To conduct and fund research to improve cancer outcomes and experience