I remember when I was little always asking for a penny to put in the model of the guide dog outside the Post Office.
There was something satisfying about hearing the coin drop through the slot and clink on the pile of coins at the bottom.
Today, we are asked to do the same thing – donate to a charity – in a thousand different ways for a myriad of causes.
This year we already have some wonderful people running, walking, skydiving and cycling for the Hospice Development Appeal and I’m always in awe of how they give up their time and skills to support us.
We have fundraisers in the Nottingham and Edinburgh marathons and the Great North Run, over 80 people signed up already for the Three Yorkshire Peaks Walk in May, and last week a website was launched to promote the St John’s Sportive – a cycle sportive of 65 or 100 miles set for July 13.
For the younger members of our community – even those in pushchairs - there’s a Fun Run and walk in the Grounds of St Catherine’s House with a bouncy castle, face painting and a craft fayre. There’s also a certificate for everyone who takes part.
If you’re more of a prosecco and petit fours type of person, with a stunning three-course dinner in between, the fundraising evening hosted for us by Caviars restaurant and wine bar in Bawtry on May 16 could be the perfect recipe for a night out.
The hospice has many volunteers and supporters who give up their time, raise money and donate raffle prizes, for which we are always grateful.
The simple act of looking outside of yourself and helping people who you may never meet is never to be taken for granted or treated lightly.
Have you ever noticed when you’re in the car and you let someone out in front of you, invariably that person goes on to let other people out as well – passing on the courtesy? As Shakespeare said, ‘so shines a good deed in a naughty world’.
Over the last few years an example of a ‘shining good deed’ has been delivered by the team at Optima International in Toll Bar, who have raised a stunning £12,000 with three annual charity open days.
There is a lot of fun to be had by fundraising, whether it’s making cupcakes or running in a marathon.
To say that it’s better to give than to receive may sound a little clichéd but, as with most clichés, there is at its heart a kernel of truth.
You only had to hear the voices and look at the faces of all the charity runners who completed the London Marathon earlier this month to know how great it feels to achieve something personally and know it will impact in so many wonderful ways on someone who needs support now and in the future. That really is the cherry on the cake.