Below is a sample letter to Neil Berkett, Chair of NSPCC which should be posted to NSPCC, 42 Curtain Lane, London, EC2A 3NH.
Alternatively, this letter could be adapted and sent to Josephine Swinhoe, Director of Income Generation, Fundraising and Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or to Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, at Peter.Wanless@NSPCC.org.uk.
XX May 2020
Mr Neil Berkett
42 Curtain Lane
London EC2A 3NH
Dear Mr Berkett,
I am a great admirer of the work of the NSPCC. There can be little doubt that over the years it has made a significant difference to the lives of very many children.
I am of course fully aware that it has to limit its operations to the United Kingdom. Bur surely its ethos, summed up in the words of its strapline “Every Childhood is worth fighting for”, applies in equal measure across the world.
I am writing to you as a member of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK (ICAHD UK) to express my concern about the impact which the demolition of houses in the occupied territories of Palestine is likely to be having on the children living there. Surely to witness the destruction of their home and its impact on their family must leave an emotional scar, if not physical harm, which will damage the remainder of their childhood and in very many cases of their lives.
I have little doubt that you are familiar with the major part played in many of these demolitions by bulldozers supplied by JCB. The knowledge that these demolitions are contrary to human rights and to international law, and the harm being done to children, appears to be of no account to the company or to its owners and executives.
I am very well aware of the range of issues which may face charity trustees. Naturally they need at all times to see the funds raised by the charity as high as is possible so that they can maintain their work at the greatest possible level: at no time can this be as important as during this terrible time of Covid19 when their income is likely to be reduced while the demands on them will be increased. At the same time, the trustees must maintain the values of the charity to ensure its integrity and transparency and its reputation with the public.
It is against this background that I am asking you and your fellow trustees to reflect critically on the role played by one of your major donors, the Rt Hon Lord Bamford, DL, who has been Chair of JCB since 1975, and to the part played by JCB bulldozers in these house demolitions together with the impact which they will be having on children. If you are to maintain the high values set by the NSPCC and the support which it provides to all those seeking to safeguard the well-being of children, then in my view you have little principled option but, however regretfully, to ask Lord Bamford to withdraw his support for your charity,