Approximately how much do you give a year?
About £100 by direct debit to Greenpeace, Sustrans, the Woodland Trust and Surfers against Sewage.
Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?
Environmental organisations. I feel people don't have environmental issues at the front of their minds enough. I do give to the NSPCC and others, but they get a lot of money and coverage.
Do you consider approaches from charities?
Not really. I never give to face-to-face fundraisers. It's the wrong way of going about it.
What's a good way to approach you?
With the Woodland Trust, I saw a leaflet on adopting a tree and then went away and thought about it. I like being given information and then the time to go away and figure it out for myself.
What is the most annoying thing about being approached?
The hard sell - that pushy attitude of "if I let her think about this too long she'll change her mind".
What information do you like to have available about organisations or projects you support?
I like giving to projects that have a definite outcome and community involvement. I'd also like to see the charity accounts - Surfers against Sewage always print its in aquarterly newsletter and is really honest about where it has gone wrong or right. I know you need to staff a charity and that costs a lot of money, but I think if charities are honest and explain why, the public will trust them all the more.