Tuesday 30th August 2011, Cornwall.
It was late at night and we were sitting at the kitchen table polishing off a colossal stack of lager. I was keen for Ben to get involved but at this point I was still trying to get my head around the idea of WAL and we discussed the project at length. He seemed cautious – perhaps troubled – by the request, but agreed nonetheless.
I took his photo at sunset, down by the water, just a short walk from where we were staying. I asked a fisherman what he was hoping to catch and he said, "Whatever comes along." Ben said he was uncomfortable but I think he secretly enjoyed it and l reckon he looks pretty cool.
Questions & Answers
1. What do you think of the project?
The project works on a very basic level because someone, somewhere will benefit – so that has to be a positive thing from the off. In terms of exploring the thought process and reasoning behind giving money, it throws up a lot of interesting questions about how we approach helping others.The weight of responsibility becomes a factor.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
Half the money is going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer
and the other half is being split between Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
The Association of Air Ambulances and some other smaller organisations. I took the "charity begins at home" approach. Ever since I can remember my mum has been involved in helping various charities by organising events like quiz suppers and also sitting on fundraising boards. It seemed to me that she would be the best person to make sure that the money would be used in the most practical and effective way.
3. How did the process make you feel?
It felt like I was doing something positive to help others by being a conduit for this money, but at the same time I guess a little part of me felt bad that I hadn't actually raised the money or donated the money from my own savings. In a strange way it was a little hollow, even though I know that the result will be doing good. I suppose it was because there was no real sacrifice on my part. I wish I could have done more to be involved myself. It felt a bit like I was cheating.