Last nights Sports relief charity event raised almost £20m for the less fortunate in the UK. That is great but i do find these events quite hard to watch.
A glance at the line up reveals all sorts of stars from actors to musicians to sportsmen pleading with us to put our hands in our purses and donate and we do in our droves.
All night long we hear how pensioners are sending in a weeks pension money or kids are emptying their piggy banks to send in pocket money or even how someone dressed as a chicken for a week or something ridiculous to raise a few hundred pounds. All very commendable but it is the celebrities taking us on the guilt trip that i am uncomfortable with.
Maybe i shouldn't be seeing a footballer or singer who makes more in a week than the majority earn in a year, telling us to hand over our cash but instead see a charitable young man or woman willing to take the time to make a plea on behalf of our nations underprivileged.
It is said that the celebrities donate by giving up their time to appear on such events but the hoard of rich and famous could do more good by not turning up and giving over their appearance fee in cash.
For all i know some of these celebs did hand over some wads of notes but don't like to mention it but i think that if they are prepared to go onto the TV and make us feel bad enough to donate, they had better be practising what they preach because if anyone can afford it, they can.