Fundraising News: Why I Give - David Joss Buckley

David Joss Buckley is a freelance scriptwriter currently working for TV drama Eastenders. He supports several major charities, but is particularly committed to the National Deaf Children's Society.

When and why did you become involved with the NDCS? It was in 1998. I saw an advert for a cycling challenge in Jordan in The Guardian. I was in my early fifties and felt that I needed to be challenged. I talked to my friend, the actor Jim Carter, to persuade him to go there with me.

It was an incredible experience - I really enjoyed it and have done six other similar challenges with the charity since. I have been to countries such as France and Vietnam, and plan to cycle across India next year.

I feel personally connected to the NDCS's work, because I lost my hearing when I was 10.

Are there any other charities you support? Yes. My family and I give to Shelter, Oxfam, Unicef and Cancer Research UK, which we came across through direct mail. My later passion for cycling also made me support Sustrans, a charity that promotes sustainable transport.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? We give £1,200 altogether through direct debit. As far as my fundraising efforts for the NDCS are concerned, I raise around £800 for short cycling challenges like the London-Paris competition I did recently, and £2,500 for long ones. I have probably raised £35,000 since I started supporting this charity.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? I am equally responsive to any medium. The important thing for me is to feel attuned to the cause.

If the cause interests me personally, I am more likely to get involved.

What is most annoying about being approached by a charity? When a charity sends me a pen in the post - I find it quite patronising that charities assume I would be more likely to make a donation if I receive a gift in return. I also find street fundraising annoying. I don't think I would ever sign up for a donation in the street.

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