Throwing cold water on charity

I got ‘unfriended’ on social media the other day. You can probably feel my emotional pain as you read this. What caused the rift was being nominated for one of those charity challenges. More accurately, it was my pointed response as to where he could stick the ice-bucket. Now before you go labelling me as uncharitable, allow me to point out that I have several favourite voluntary causes which I support. Some get my money, some get my time. A few get both. I’m also old-fashioned enough to do it all without a lot of fuss. Nor do I want to get entangled in arguments as to whether we should be pouring water over each other or providing African villages with a clean drinking supply – although for

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