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Tuesday 21 February 2017

When charities let us down, we unlearn our natural desire to give

Marie Murray

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

'Console reminds us of the absence of guardians to protect the public from hoax and to question why charitable organisations are needed in the first place to provide services that it is the obligation of governments to provide. It makes us ask in whom can we put our trust'
'Console reminds us of the absence of guardians to protect the public from hoax and to question why charitable organisations are needed in the first place to provide services that it is the obligation of governments to provide. It makes us ask in whom can we put our trust'

The winding-down of the suicide bereavement charity Console brings to an end not only an organisation in which people had placed their trust, but trust itself.

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Console was special. It held a sacred place in the hearts of many because it reached out to people at that most critical time in their lives when they felt stricken and bereft by sudden death.

It gained their trust by igniting those most profound human emotions - altruism, empathy and compassion for those who grieve.

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