We'll give you a pound for every mile you run, they said. With a slight snigger. After all I was far better known for partying than athletics. So it was with great satisfaction that I collected £13 from each of them. And handed a large cheque to a long forgotten charity.
Now there are requests for money every single day it seems. Some more successful than others. And the massive success of the Ice Bucket Challenge got me thinking about what makes me want to give to charity.
And what makes me vow never to donate: