Some victims need more than just money

While most people now agree that the "compensation culture" the media has been banging on about for years is greatly exaggerated, it still feels as though we are in the mind set of "what can I get" rather than "what do I deserve" when it comes to compensation in the UK. I'm sure it would be an interesting exercise, though probably not a surprising result, if we offered all the claimants looking for compensation for "mental anguish" the choice of: a) free therapy and unlimited sessions with a professional councillor, OR, b) £500 in cash ... would most of them take the money? We have asked some potential claimants that question on occasion and it bothers us that most of them only want money when on their claim applications they put things like "I will never get over it".

Anyway, this led us to start this section with the aim to help those who really need help over financial gain. We sought out some of the top charities in this area which are listed below:

Currently we donate to:

Brake - a national road safety charity to prevent death and injury on the roads and to care for people who are bereaved or affected by serious injury in a road crash.

Refuge - Thirty five years ago, in 1971, Refuge opened the world's first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence.

PDSA - the UK's leading veterinary charity caring for the pets of people in need. They provide free veterinary treatment to more than 4,650 sick and injured animals every day.

Help the Aged - Help the Aged is an international charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.

The Prostate Cancer Charity - Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer amongst men in Scotland. In 2002 there were 2335 new cases.

Women's Aid - a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

ECPAT - stands for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes.

At this time we would like to draw your attention to the charity Support Line who need new sources of funding as soon as possible. SupportLine is a national telephone helpline providing emotional support and information to children, young people and adults on issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, self harm, bullying, depression, mental health. The service is aimed at those who are vulnerable, at risk, isolated and victims of any form of abuse. They have various ways you can donate on their website http://www.supportline.org.uk.

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