Monday 4 May 2015
In no way is this a criticism of the Save the Children Fund, who I'm sure do a wonderful job, it's more a moment of reflection on those who run it.
Amongst its goodness knows how many paid employees, the Save the Children Fund has six that are paid over £140,000. Included amongst these is ex-advisor to Tony Blair, Justin Forsyth, who is the fund's Chief Executive (no surprise there!)
Whilst watching a TV ad' recently (asking me to pledge £2 a month), I did a wee calculation.
£2 a month = £24 per annum. Six employees at £140,000 = £840,000 per annum. Therefore it would take THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND contributors at £2 per month to pay just these six people's salaries alone. And we're talking here of just a few of the very highest earners.
So, if you are one of those THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND contributors, do remember that you are paying for several privileged lifestyles before any of those desperately sick children see a single penny of your money.
With so many intelligent and able retirees around, wouldn't you have thought that half a dozen unpaid 'volunteers' could fill their places? An extra £840,000 in the Fund's coffers each year could do a lot of good, and I'm sure The Queen would see that all the volunteers received a decent gong.