Katie James is a part-time project manager and fundraiser at the Association of Young People with ME.
What charities do you support and why? The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, because of its campaigns to save intelligent creatures and our marine environment. World Society for the Protection of Animals, because it works effectively on crisis situations and long-term solutions. I also support Oxfam, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
How much time or money do you give to charity each year? My time is mostly spent sending emails to support certain campaigns. Right now I am supporting the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in the Solomon Islands, where people are capturing hundreds of wild dolphins for sale to dolphinariums abroad.
What do you feel you bring to these charities? Awareness-raising skills, a certain amount of people power and a regular donation.
Are there any other causes or organisations you support? I am working with a voluntary group to launch a project to bring the life-enhancing experience of swimming with dolphins to children with special needs. We don't use real dolphins but the latest visual, sound and sensory technology inside a dome.
Do you consider new approaches from organisations? Only for worldwide events or disasters.
What is a good way to approach you? By post, with short human-interest stories and suggestions of how I can make a difference.
What is the most annoying thing about being approached? I get annoyed with repeat letters to sign GiftAid forms when I've already done it.