Crossing the Digital fundraising divide

Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

There are huge holes in lots of charities budgets at the moment both locally, nationally and internationally. I have been trying to help charities that I want to support and have discovered these hopefully useful tips and income streams for charities to use.  

You might think that while a lot of shopping is going online that your charity or community building is missing a trick. Well there are many ways and means that your charity can also raise funds on the world wide web. It might be an idea to try and get some help from some more IT literate members of your community that might be able and willing to show you the digital ropes on how to use some of the applications mentioned below.

1)    Online events such as a presentations, talks, a local musician and/or band could all possibly be used as online ticketed events to raise money for your charity/community building.   

Tickets could be sold online through an account on ticket sales platforms such as Eventbrite (there will be a small charge for ticket events that you charge attendance for).  

Once you have sold your tickets you could then invite them to attend through a platform called Zoom where, so long as the person that has bought a ticket has an ok internet connection, they should not have problem joining and enjoying the event.

2)    Charities can sell items on the online auction site called eBay and receive payments for transactions through PayPal (including gift aid for those eligible to opt in). On eBay you could sell items by auction or even  set up your own digital charity shop to sell items.

Make sure you sell items that can either easily be posted out to winning bidders such as DVDs, CDs or books. Or you might want to sell more difficult to post items locally and advertise items as local collection only. You could make an event of it locally for your charity if you have some special items that would mean a lot to people in your local community, such as locally produced art, craft or local produce or gift vouchers donated to your charity. You could advertise with social media posts or emails or in your local parish magazine about the upcoming auction, when it will be and what will be for sale, so that people in your community can know what to bid on and when and where.

Also, where payment goes through PayPal, buyers can opt into gift aid, so you can increase your income by a further amount that you would be entitled to. If you want to find out more about charities and raising funds on eBay or payments though PayPal just contact eBay or PayPal directly and they will be happy to answer your questions.

3)    Finally for all you budding Amazon Parcel purchasers did you know that you can donate to your own charity by setting up an Amazon Smile account. Again, go directly to Amazon and ask them how to set up an Amazon Smile fundraising account for charities. Then ask your supporters to register with Amazon Smile and away you go. Amazon will donate a small percentage of all future purchases to the charity at no cost to the buyer.

What happened when we all stopped


“What happened when we all stopped” narrated by Jane Goodall

First published on 4 Jun 2020

21K367ShareSaveTED-Ed 11.7M subscribers An animated poem exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of living in harmony with nature. Download a free children’s book version: — As millions around the world shelter at home, the smog melts away, the birds sing, and the waters run clear. What if we used this moment in our lives and in history as an opportunity to jumpstart the rebirth and rewilding of our planet when we go back to work and school? This moment can lead us to a healthier, cleaner, greener future, if only we grasp it. Tom Rivett-Carnac tells the story of what happened when we all stopped. To download a free children’s book version of this poem, visit Written by Tom Rivett-Carnac, directed by Avi Ofer. Narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace Created in partnership with and Animator’s website: Sign up for our newsletter: Support us on Patreon: Follow us on Facebook: Find us on Twitter: Peep us on Instagram: View full lesson:…

Homeless Outsider!

So yesterday was a weird one, some awesome news in that I have a start date for a new job which I am so pleased about. I still have my old job and had my job interview for the new one just before lockdown kicked in. It’s all been on hold with Covin-19 taking hold.

So In order to treat myself, celebrate and kick back and watch a Blu-Ray I thought I would get a chicken burger, fries and a sprite. Lush, lush, lush.

So food is on its way driver can’t find me home and I go out to meet said driver and try and direct him to my flat with no success.

But that first meal was not to be. The driver did not find my address, cancelled my meal and buggered off. Gee thanks Drive.

Well next thing that happens is I now had time to deal with the homeless man that had decide to crash out outside the front of my flat complex. This was not a pleasure, honour or problem that I wished to address.

I went up to the bloke asked if he was ok, at this time he was leaning against a wall with his eyes shut and sitting in the hot sun. I lost count of how many people that had already walked past him blanking him like he might have been asking for change which they were not going to give him.

Lots more happened and I don’t have the heart to write it down here but to cut a long story short, I gave him some water in a plastic milk bottle which he took on his way with himself.

I got my meal in the end from Uber Eats and was told it would be free but still got charged for it. I might chase my money back  on that today will have to see how I go. They might have cancelled the charge I am not sure yet.

My celebrations ended up being having a bath, watching part of the movie and falling asleep and trying not to sound to pissed off when explaining what the hell happened to my parents on the phone.

I was angry not with the homeless man but for want of a better description God. I thought way give me this sh*t show to me to deal with now. Why not give a guy a break for a change and let someone else act like the village idiot for a change?

Oh well another day another dollar.

If you are reading this I hope you are well and have a good day.

Best wishes to you

Masked identity

Covid-19 is still out there, people will still die from it and Covid-Zombies still walk the earth thinking they will not get it or that it does not matter to them even if they do.

At first it took one of our basic human needs/natural instincts – that to socialise and be close to one another without fear or risk of spreading death.

Some people were able to obey these rules for a short while but the reasons to not obeying seem to have become even greater to many than the need to obey them now. It’s like a Covid-19 Passover and if you obey the newly developed rules you have an increased chance of living thought this (may the odds forever be in your favour).

Many people choosing to disobey the rules in my city have been getting drunk, peeing and littering areas of nature and/or hanging out together to hug, kiss and probably be extremely intimate together too. I kind of consider these people now to be Covid-19 Zombies.

They are most likely to result in a longer lingering of the virus, an increase in deaths from the virus and an increase in contamination from the virus.

So my government has now in its wisdom announced that in order to travel on public transport from a week on Monday people now need to wear a mask or scarf while travelling.

So I have promptly whizzed onto the internet to order some masks and hand gel for me and my Dad.

It seems our defence against the virus has been raised to yet another level where we were first not meant to have contact with one another; we are now no longer aloud to easily speak or see the lips move on one another when out and about publically transporting one another.

Covin-19 3 wise monkies Hear nothing about the virus, Speak nothing about the virus & See no virus.

This virus feels like it is trying to rob us of our humanity and see what we will do with that and quite simply we are having to adapt to survive or have for thought and vision in order to see our way through this.

May the odds for ever be in your favour? Good luck and God speed

Exeter Anti-social distancing

It appears there are large swathes of people the globe over that have manged to justify to themselves the importance of no longer socially isolating whether it be to fonicating, fighting or fraternizing.

The consequences of this choice of action is simply too early to say but I don’t think medical professionals and key works are geared up yet to start nursing the needlessly dying of a second wave.

If I were to be uncharitable I would stereotype right now the very small minority of people most likely to kill you in Exeter is a very small minority of sun worshipers and festival goers or party people, that seem to think this is an exciting time to break the rules, not really mindful of how many viruses they are spreading or who in their family they might now have inadvertently put at risk or are in the process of putting to death, let alone the countless numbers of people they don’t know that might die.

For those that have been working to keep you alive I am sorry about the potential spread by arseholes and idiots and for those that go onto die because of this behaviour I have no words to describe my sorrow.

Death has not had it’s fill on my patch yet!

The south west of England now has the highest ‘R rate’ in the UK. An ‘R’ number for each region in the UK has been revealed for the first time – and the South West has the highest.

The number, also known as ‘reproduction rate’, represents the coronavirus infection rate. If it goes above 1, new restrictions and tougher social distancing measures could be needed.

The South West is estimated to have the highest infection rate with 0.9. The North East and East Midlands are thought to have the next highest, followed by the North West.


I can feel it calling in the air tonight

Coronavirus zombies out in force – spread onto others as you would have spread onto yourself.

Coronavirus: Americans flock to beaches on Memorial Day weekend

Americans have flocked to beaches and lakes for Memorial Day weekend, often flouting restrictions imposed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Cummings row raises fears over future of lockdown

The PM’s decision to back his chief aide’s lockdown trip to Durham has sparked fears that the government’s coronavirus message will be undermined.

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Profit and pain of wildlife plunder

Wildlife SOS is credited with the eradication of the ‘dancing bear’ practice in India,[5] rescuing bears from abusive owners and poachers and rehabilitating them in one of four centers in India-

1. Agra Bear Rescue Facility (2000) in Agra

2. Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Facility (2005) in Karnataka

3. Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility (2006) in Bhopal

4. Purulia Bear Rescue Centre (2007) in West Bengal

The bears are given the medical care required, fed and allowed to socialize and roam in large, free-range areas. So far, more than 640 sloth bears have been rehabilitated by the organization. Wildlife SOS also carries out ex-situ conservation studies on the bears to enhance existing conservation measures for the species’ survival and provides sustainable, alternative livelihoods to the bears’ former owners and their families.[6]

Much progress has been made but much more still needs to be done. Just as many governments around the world aspire to have certain universal human rights and universal suffrage so we must aim to deliver policies and principles that enact a culture of no longer tolerating wildlife profiteering of pain and plunder.

If people will actively social distance and where masks to prevent themselves catching and spreading disease than why can’t they also see the bigger picture and find wildlife pain and plunder policies adopted and promoted so as to ensure not only do the cruel acts no longer take place but also acknowledge the economic and social benefits of such policies and the immensely expensive and costly act to human lives and the ecomicies of humans in shutting down a global economy due to the spread like wildfire of any new potential pandemic conditions.

If we do not fight to draw a new line in the sand or adaopt a new social and economic norm what will be the future alternative for man? Some people believe it’s a matter of life and death, I can assure you it’s much more important than that!

Collaring and Handling Bears for the Changing Tides Project

On Katmai’s coast, eight female bears are currently collared with GPS devices. The collars represent one initiative of Changing Tides, a three-year research project. The collars transmit location information on a daily basis, which provides researchers with details on the bears’ home ranges and how their movements correspond to seasonal food availability.

After the collars were placed on the bears in May, six of the sows were recaptured in July in order to run tests, collect physical samples, and upload more complex data from the collars. In October, the collared sows will be captured again in order to collect a final round of samples and remove the collars prior to hibernation. In the event that some of the sows cannot be recaptured, there is an automatic mechanism installed on the collars that will cause them to fall off.

Technology in itself is not fundamentally evil it has potential for great good as well as great ill.

What a complete Bore!!

Below is media generated propaganda that even Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of back in the day as HS2 bosses manipulate their way into naming the first HS2 Tunnel Boring Machines into that of iconic women.

If HS2 were in charge of the Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki no doubt they would have elected for them to be called freedom and hope. They are presently running a campaign to name the first pair of tunnel boring machines to be used on the high-speed rail project.

HS2 Ltd has also temporarily closed its offices and its contracting partners continue to review works taking place across its construction sites to ensure they are operating within the UK Government and Public Health England advice on dealing with COVID-19. Find out more information.

In other words the destruction goes on and the propoganda desk is still open for missinformation and promtion of ecocide to one and all.

The HS2 Helpdesk remains operational all day, every day, and is your first point of contact: Freephone 08081 434 434; Minicom 08081 456 472; Email: If you contact us by post there will be an extended delay in us receiving and responding.

Earlier this year, HS2’s contractor Align engaged with local schools in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Hillingdon and asked students to put forward names of women who have made their mark on history through their achievements.

As their tradition dictates that in order to keep the tunnellers safe underground, tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are given a female name before they are launched. The women below were shortlisted and they now want you to vote for your favourite name for our machines. Voting rights to pretend that this is being done in a transparent and democratic way.

After the above news item they then run propaganda piece in an online magazine called entitled HS2: More important than ever to invest in essential skills.

This is a question of propoganda versus truth everyone involved in the production of HS2 from the Boris downwards is responsible for this macroshambles that is being peddled across the media.

We do not stand alone in this fight

So the world health organisation has just announced we may never find a cure. That covin-19 might never be eradicated. But one thing we must take into the calculation is that life finds a way and we are not alone in this battle as the virus burns its way across our earth it keeps on coming into contact with our greatest and best ally we have. A sleeping giant so as to speak. One that has yet to be defeated and adapts to fight for our right at every turn. I am not talking about a single person, place country or continent, but the greatest Mom of them all Mother Nature. She fights for us. This virus is an alien to her fighting in an alien environment and every time it tries to spread through us it hits her and I am very confident she is doing her best to hit back and find a way to defeat this virus.

In my minds eye this has been an attack on mother nature not from her to us and she will fight for us.

The awakening of an old god for modern times. In this life as well as the next.

Celtic cross

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A Celtic cross with vertical arm longer than the horizontal

High Cross in Llanynys, North Wales

Cross near Peebles, Scotland

Kingswood war memorial

A high cross at Monasterboice in Ireland

The Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland, France and Britain in the Early Middle Ages. A type of ringed cross, it became widespread through its use in the stone high crosses erected across the islands, especially in regions evangelized by Irish missionaries, from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

A staple of Insular art, the Celtic cross is essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. Scholars have debated its exact origins, but it is related to earlier crosses featuring rings. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century; the name “Celtic cross” is a convention dating from that time. The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland.

Saling across the sea of time

UK Coronavirus: Update 21st April 2020

I have been in two minds today about whether to post this it feels a little meaningless and worried that my emails just go up in a puff of smoke sometime and don’t actually reach out to those that might be able to do something with the information and experiances I try to share.

Missing the reaction of a another human being to bounce ideas and share their company with too. I try not to feel sorry for myself because there is always someone else in greater need and who suffered more today. But that said I guess its all realitve I am after all only human I have my ups and downs too. Though I do try and put a spin on this but it just feels a little dark today. Well below is an email that I have been preparing for Devon Communties I just post other peoples hard work a showman you might say putting on a front all the actual hardwork has been done by others.

I will be fine just need to recharge my batteries really.

Coronavirus: Update, advice and resources
21st April 2020

1)Important article from Post Office Services. Anyone who cannot leave home may now be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher.
2)Even before Covid-19 the international oil market was uncertain and now plunging prices will cause uncertainty in supply and so it is important that suppliers have good awareness and negotiating skills. Devon Oil Collective has entrusted Affinity with our oil supply and they are working hard to keep our members supplied. Their latest newsletter is below.
Devon Oil Collective is still taking on new and returning members. To find out more, visit our web site: or call 01392 248191
3)Charity Tax Group – link reports has provided the following update in respect of Gift Aid on donations freely given to charities and CASCs while membership subscriptions have been suspended.
4)Useful information for village halls and local organisations that have had to call off events on converting ticket refunds for cancelled events into Gift Aid donations
HMRC has issued guidance to help charities process ticket refunds, collect donations and reclaim Gift Aid for cancelled charity events. If a charity event is cancelled due to COVID-19, HMRC will accept that, where a person due a refund decides to donate this to a charity, the Gift Aid requirements are met provided the individual donor:
Does not receive a benefit as a result of their donation.
Agrees that the cost of their ticket becomes a donation.
Completes a Gift Aid declaration.
5) Join National Energy Action in The 2.6 Challenge to help to Save the UK’s Charities add link to website.
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26th April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

To fundraise or donate to support National Energy Action (NEA) via

6) Government Extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Cut-off Date
Online applications are now open for the CJRS.Through the CJRS, employers can claim a grant covering 80% of the wages for a furloughed employee, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month