Fundraising News: Why I give - Neil Campbell, BBC Southern Counties

Neil Campbell is a radio presenter on BBC Southern Counties covering other presenters' programmes when they are away. He supports development and emergency relief charity Save the Children.

Why and when did you become involved with Save the Children? I had been thinking of donating to a charity for a while, and a few years ago, I decided to plump for Save the Children. I cannot remember why I selected it in particular, but I have been very impressed by how it has kept me regularly informed as to its appeals, projects and successes ever since.

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support? Not really. Apart from the orchestra I play in - the Lambeth Orchestra in South London. It is one of London's foremost full-sized amateur orchestras, playing six to eight big concerts a year. The orchestra is a registered charity and money is, of course, tight. I am a member of the committee and am in charge of coming up with creative fundraising ideas. Our most profitable one recently was a WI-style naked calendar in which we all posed with our instruments covering our modesty.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? I give £15 a month by direct debit to Save the Children, and then give to most collectors on flag days.

What do you bring to the charities you help? Well, primarily money. But these days it is more than that. I work for BBC radio and I actively look for stories from the voluntary sector and run them if they are relevant, which helps to raise awareness.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? Not with 'charity muggers'! Dodging manic-looking students in luminous tabards clutching clip-boards in a crowded London street when laden with shopping has become the latest urban sport. Telling real human stories is the way to get me to give to an appeal. Also, I like to give to aid projects that do not make people dependent, but empower them.

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