I really dislike charities calling at the door - especially since I found out that the cancer magazine my Mum used to buy donated about 5% of its profits to cancer research. I do always buy poppies (come to think of it I organise poppy sales at school) and give to certain charities close to my heart. On Monday my hairdresser asked if I would like to sponsor her as she is doing a half-marathon. She is doing the run for the Madeleine McCann fund. Whilst I do feel desperately sorry for her family I am afraid I think it is a lost cause. I hope I am proved wrong at some point. I looked at the form and two people had sponsored her already - to the tune of £20 and £10. To be honest, I usually give things like that £5 because I feel a bit forced into it, but this time put a tenner on top of the cost of my hair. Yesterday I was extremely hot and sweaty,fraught and emotional - clearing my dad's house, which is full to the gunnels with Stuff. It is a hard job and I find it tough - but there is only me to do it. The doorbell went, I came down and it was a bloke selling lottery tickets for a children's hospice which is very local to me. In school we raise an awful lot of money for this place, it is close to our hearts and I have done fund-rasing for them for over 20 years now. Anyway. this chap was standing there showing me the lottery tickets and I said "I am really not interested, but thank you". He came back with "what, not for a children's hospice?" I went up the bloody wall, really snapped at him and told him I knew it very well and had raised a lot of money for them myself. I know I was very fraught but I really sent him off with a flea in his ear. Now, of course, I feel really baaaaad because I know that children's hospices rely very heavily on donations and volunteers - and he was probably one.