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Just when some people are most in need, others have less to give. In these lean times, a great numbers are relying on charity. But donations are getting harder to raise. Judy Noda hopes her card making will someday raise money for charity. Her cancer diagnosis forced her to give up paid work. And when she is not receiving treatment in hospital, she is at home, often worrying about how to survive on benefit of less than sixty pounds a week. The cost of living has risen sharply. And for the first time in her life, she is dependent on help from family and from charity,

I saw a lot of people out there that really really do need their support. I wouldn’t have this roof over my head still. No, that would have been gone. I just wouldn’t be able to afford the mortgage. I wouldn’t be able to afford the bills or anything. I don’t know. I don’t know where I’ll be.

Charities have been squeezed in two ways—demand for their services has increased by 72% in the last twelve months, but almost a third has suffered falls in donations. That means many charities have to cut costs by making staff redundant.

If the governments are bailing out the banks who have caused this problem, they need to think about the victims of the recession and our work, and therefore a financial package to support our work with the victims of the recession. It’s important.

Corporate donations from the cities are dwindling. And falling property prices and the value of legacy is diminishing. It means there is more pressure on individuals to be generous.

Charity begins, I think I’ll donate at the moment.

If we could afford it, we would donate.

I think I will volunteer as well in different ways, than probably just giving money.

I still give. No, I give every month food and

As tougher times threaten, charities just can’t afford to keep losing. Sara Merchants, Sky news.

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