I was on the morning shift with Alastair Ross, the Clerk. We started at Fishmongers' Hall, just on the north side of London Bridge. With a number of others I decided to head northwards to Bank and I set up post outside one of the exits.
It has to be said, after at least a couple of hours close observation that the average commuter leaving Bank station in the morning rush hour is seemingly so ground down by the London Underground 'experience' that charitable giving has become a very low priority. Even my decidedly unusual dress on a very warm late spring morning excited no comment. But with iPods full on it is difficult to make anything other than eye contact and conversation is quite impossible.
I had clearly chosen a particularly non-productive site and after an hour or two, although my bucket was heavy it contained a lot of twopenny pieces. Others, especially those on London Bridge itself did significantly better.
We were kindly given bacon sandwiches and other refreshment by the Fishmongers before going back to work. Later we were told we had raise some £3000. I fear my contribution was just over 2% of that. But I have made two firm resolutions: to smile warmly at other charity collectors with buckets in future and at least give something. So far both resolutions are holding up.