Letter: No flowers

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I suppose that it is too late to ask people not to waste their money on flowers for Jill Dando and to give it to charity instead? Flowers do not last and are not cheap. The amount of money spent could do so much more if it was given to charity instead of to florists.

There seems to be a contest to see who or what garners most floral support after tragedy - Hillsborough, Dunblane, Diana. Let's break this cycle of waste and start a new culture of charitable giving "in the name of ...".

The press could help by announcing the charities Jill supported.

PAUL SMITH

Caterham, Surrey

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