Hi all as you may be aware our Weymouth reserves have succumbed to flooding. On Sunday morning the news started to break that all was not well on our Weymouth Reserves. As deluge met high tide, there was nowhere for the waters of the Wey to go but up and sideways, and quickly both Radipole Lake and Lodmoor submerged.
In response to the flooding we have set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/rspbfloodfund If you would like to give to the flood appeal please do.
Forgive me if this sounds a silly question, but for what do you need money? I'm sure that the RSPB has a contingency fund for such disasters, and I would like to know what you intend to do with any funds raised. This appeal does come over as rather a knee-jerk response, and I fear that your small band of loyal supporters will, once more, put their hands in their pockets.
Let's see a plan first.
It just seems rather sad to me that 5% goes to justgiving.com. Is there no longer a way that all the money goes to the RSPB cause?
Hi Simon ... not a silly question at all. We've just issued the a press release which I hope answers some of the good points you raise www.rspb.org.uk/.../318675-well-be-back-in-business-for-the-games I hope that helps? Tony Whitehead (RSPB South West)
Thanks Bob, a good point. But do remember that, although JustGiving do get a percentage, we actually get more than the donation in itself through gift aid. And these services are quick and easy ways of reaching a lot of people. Thank you for your support. Tony Whitehead (RSPB South West)
Thanks, Tony - helpful reply.
Thanks for the response Tony. after the years that it took for charities to get the Govt to cough up Gift Aid, I would much prefer that all of that money went to charities and not to a third party. It would seem to me that outsourcing revenue collection could be a risky move for the future future. Once you are no longer capable of raising your own revenues, do you not fear that the percentages that you will have to pay will rise? I'm sorry, but I wish to see 100% of any charity donation I make go the charity, and that means 100% of the gift aid too.
Does this area have a history of flooding? And if so what plans to rebuild this investment above the high water mark in future?
All good points 'bob's_retired_now'. Please feel free to send a good old fashioned Cheque to us if you want? If you do and want to know who to make it payable to and the address to send it to, just ask.