SIR – People will realise how boring television can be with repeats and adverts, between December 14 and 19 I added together all the begging pleas.

Sponsor a donkey, Battersea Dogs Home, Cats Protection, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Water Aid, helping African children to see again, sponsor a snow leopard – all these adverts are screened around Christmas, as if the season isn’t expensive enough.

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The most expensive advert was for the Salvation Army – “Just give £19”.

There’s no need for all these silly adverts, which add up to £196 per month.