Let’s practise the saying ‘charity begins at home’

I don’t think I would hold my breath on the invite to Edwina Currie to pop along to the Spalding Food Bank by manager Paul Walker (Lincolnshire Free Press, October 25) being taken up concerning her remarks about people in this country not going hungry.

I was struck by the report on BBC Look North recently where charities were appealing to local supermarkets etc to donate their ‘best before’ or ‘sell before’ food stocks to locals in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions to give to needy families etc. as they were on the poverty line – which we are told does not exist, of course, in political terms as we are a super power, don’t you know.

For those who believe in Father Christmas, look away now.

Not so long ago in the area where we used to live I had a call from the local Social Services manager whom I knew, to don my whiskers, red suit and the boots and give out presents on Christmas Eve with his small but overwhelmed/overworked staff.

Was I dishing out Rolexs? Diamond earrings, maybe? iPods? Nope, just boxes of tinned corned beef, soup, vegetables and such like to the ‘invisible people’ who through no fault of their own had their home repossessed, lost their jobs etc and relied on such gestures and while it was enlightening to a degree, it was also very humbling.

Now, as a country, we give/donate/send a box of loot to countries to give to their poverty line people (or so we are led to believe), countries that have nuclear capability, in some cases as well as train terrorists on rainy days, so why do we treat or alienate our own people so harshly?

I believe charity begins at home and it’s a shame the powers that be are either unable to accept or acknowledge it as it upsets the almighty figures that control our lives and I wish Paul Walker all the best with his project as at least it’s here, at home.

John Ward

Moulton Seas End