“A few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”
“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.
“You wish to be anonymous?”
“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge.
Scrooge by John Leech
Oh, dear! This is how Dickens' most famous character rejected the portly gentleman who was raising money for those in need. Bah, humbug!
Still, we know it ended well. And there's no doubt that, as the portly gentleman implies, Christmas is the time when we get the urge to give a bit extra. So, for those joining London Stone's Trade Club during December, we're doubling our contributions to our partner charities Perennial and Greenfingers.
This means that, throughout this month, we'll give £10 to each charity - a total donation of £20 - every time a new member signs up. If you're a landscaper and haven't joined already, then there's really no reason not to. It's totally free and you'll enjoy some very useful benefits, such as access to our 24/7 Stone portal, so you can check up on our products, services and paperwork at any time; an enhanced trade discount; a free sample box of our stone products; free training; and, perhaps most useful of all, a free 'Connect' business profile on London Stone's website.
Perennial reports that winter is the time of year when they receive the most calls from people in trouble, especially the self-employed and elderly. The weather's pretty mild at the moment, but January and February are forecast to be perishing cold. No fun if you're trying to make ends meet.
Director Sheila Thomson says:
“While forecasters are busy trying to predict the weather, we are focused on ensuring our clients are warm and well-fed this winter. We are keen to hear about anyone who feels unable to keep themselves safe this winter and are ready for increased numbers of calls from people who need our help.”
Here's what Perennial did for one client during the very hard winter of 2009/10:
“They were regularly waking up to ice on the inside of their cottage windows and the family were wearing as many layers as possible in an attempt to stay warm. A Perennial caseworker visited the family home, identified the cottage had space for a wood burner and arranged for quick installation, safeguarding Mark’s family for many winters to come.”
So, go on. You've probably been thinking of joining London Stone Trade Club for a bit, and just haven't got round to it. Join this month and let's put a bit more towards two charities that do so much to make people's lives better.
And cheers to Scrooge who, after his transformation, gave generously to the portly gentleman.
Scrooge and Bob Cratchit
“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”