Why wouldn’t you?

Today I signed a cheque. I sat down at work, took it out of the card that was sent to me, waited for a second, took a deep breath, looked at it, and signed it.

In signing my name next to my friend’s signature, I validated our first payment to someone deeply in need. It was momentous – 18 months of work for the day we knew would come, the day we had prepared for … when this government took away the only safety net mentally ill people had and left them to die, on the streets, homeless and hopeless.

Mentally ill people are not different, or Other, or lost causes. They are you. They are me. They are one in four of us, needing help. They don’t ask to become ill, they don’t deserve it. They just are. And our government, the one the majority of us voted in, have moved to make them homeless, destitute, deprived of the support they need, just when they need it the most.

I won’t bang on about how “this could be you”, because you know it already to be a truth. I won’t rail against the government because deep down inside, you know they are a bunch of merciless twats who would sell their grandmothers for a song.

All I am asking you to do is give 5quid For Life a fiver a month. If you are earning a salary, it’s not a lot – it’s the price of a bottle of cheap wine a month or a cocktail in a bar. It’s also the price of someone’s life.

Today, we helped save a life. Help us do the same tomorrow?


About titflasher

Writer, blogger, animal activist, people activist, dream-catcher maker, mommy to 9 cats and a roving band of foxes ... Blog name comes from my father's suggestion for the title of my autobiography ... after my mother's and my awful habit of flashing whenever the security police took our photo in the dark old days of apartheid South Africa. I love nature, including creepy crawlies and people, find life fascinating and frustrating and have two terrible weaknesses - nictotine and animals in distress ... can't abide the latter situation and can't give up the former. I'm Pagan but not anti-Christian, funny but quite serious, light-hearted but can be annoying. I am warm-hearted until someone p*sses on me too much, then I get soggy and even. Feel free to link me but all the words on these pages is copyrighted, so copy it and take the credit and I will find you and slap you upside the head, hard. The blog is probably best read via category as there is loads on here already, and I just got started :-)
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4 Responses to Why wouldn’t you?

  1. Phil Groom says:

    TF, you are awesome xx

  2. Paula Walker says:

    This article gave me goose pimples. It sounds so dramatic; but it’s oh so painfully true. Thank you for sharing.

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