I’ve just been to a school where the children and staff are wearing casual clothes and making a donation to the Haiti appeal for the privilege. This school is in an area of economic deprivation.

One child, dressed in somewhat scruffy t-shirt and jeans with holes in told me he had brought in £1 of his own money. His auntie’s friend had once travelled to a country not too far away from Haiti (the Dominican Repbuplic possibly?). He had decided to donate some of his own cash – ‘£1 is a lot’ – as ‘we’re practically related’.

How right he is.

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