What Does Bracknell think? Is Beckham charity donation selfless act or publicity stunt?By Jennie Slevin
February 13, 2013
Last week David Beckham signed a five-month contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain vowing to donate his £3.3 million earnings from the club to a Parisian children’s charity.
This week we asked our panel what they thought of this move? Is it selfless and charitable or just a PR stunt to keep the Beckham brand strong?
Jonathan Greenyer, an artist from Winkfield: “The Beckhams are masters of self publicity. This is a very generous donation, but David could have raised £3.3m by many, many methods.
“All credit to their image advisers as once more David Beckham is seen as relevant, involved, edgy and caring. All the characteristics that ensure the Beckham brand continues at full strength and will win him plaudits, sponsorship and column inches.”
Caroline Allain said: “I think it’s great that David Beckham is donating wages to charity, although the cynic in me wonders how much of a tax break he gets for it.
“Generally, a lot of footballers are highly overpaid and don’t need that much cash, and end up wasting it on flashy cars or prostitutes, so I really do commend him for giving it to charity and hope it encourages others to follow in his footsteps.”
Hazel Kent, of Bracknell Market Cafe: “Fantastic. So this country raised him and got him where he is today so the obvious thing is to give his money to a different country. That sounds about right! What happened to charity beginning at home?”