When taking a neighbour who suffers from a lack of mobility to Sainsburys in Witney, our local Air Ambulance which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire were fund raising at the store entrance.
There are few charities I support - if you look at fakecharities.org you will understand why - however I willingly donated to this charity. From Wikipedia we learn that in the United Kingdom, the Scottish Ambulance Service operates two helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft twenty-four hours per day. These represent the UK's only government-funded air ambulance service; whilst the service to London receives most of its funding through the National Health Service.
Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust receives no funding from the government, lottery or the NHS. Now compare that with the amount of public money that is poured into all those fake charities and perhaps our government should have a rethink. More importantly, government 'donations' are made using public money, so should not an element of 'referism' enter the equation - ie, should we not be asked to which charity we wish our money to be given?
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