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Christms cards, coffee and cakes in aid of Save the Children will be on offer at the Red Lion on Saturday 9 November 9.30-11.30am.

Celia Collett writes in the latest edition of The Villager:

'In light of recent publicity, I wanted to share some facts and figures with you. With an annual income of more than £300m, Save the Children, compared with some of the largest charities have a dramatically better percentage (89%) spend on charitable activities and fewer staff (31) in the high pay brackets. This was highlighted in an article in the Telegraph: /10191853/Charities-rely-on-their-shops-as-fundraising-falters.html.

'As for the salaries of Justin Forsyth (CEO) and Anabel Hoult (Chief Operating Officer), they are responsible for complex and high risk work. I am sure you appreciate that to run an organisation that reaches 10 million children in more than 50 countries, with thousands of staff, in some of the toughest places in the world, takes real leadership, experience, knowledge and skill. Without this talent, Save the Children wouldn’t have been able to respond to 53 emergencies last year and 14 new emergency responses so far in 2013, whilst carrying on their long term programmes both here and abroad.

'We, as a committee, feel very proud to be a part of Save the Children and are very happy to continue to volunteer our time and effort into raising funds and we hope you will continue to support us'

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