I issued the following press release on 20.12.2005
Dont be conned when it comes to new years resolutions
says Lynne Jones MP
The New Year means New Years resolutions and where better to
start than by getting rid of your 2006 fashion mistakes and unwanted Christmas presents
for charity? But Lynne Jones, MP for Selly Oak
today warns local householders to make sure their good intentions arent exploited by
bogus charity clothing collectors.
While many of the leaflets pushed through our doors asking for
unwanted clothes give a strong impression they are benefiting the poor and needy, many of
them are delivered by businesses who sell our donations and pocket the proceeds
Lynne Jones MP offers people in Selly Oak these tips from the Charity
Commission to sort the bogus from the benevolent:
Does the leaflet say the collection is for a registered charity: If so, whats the registered charity number
call 0845 3000 218 or visit the online register of charities at www.charitycommission.gov.uk to check that
Does it only have a registered company number? This just means that the organisation is registered
with companies House as a business, not that its a charity.
Be suspicious of wording like poor families in Eastern
Europe/the Third World whats the name of the charity?
Does the leaflet give an address and a landline? Mobile phone numbers or none at all can be a sign
the organisation doesnt want to answer questions.
Lynne Jones MP said,
Bogus clothing collectors fool the public and take money from
legitimate charities. If you only make one
resolution this year, make it carrying out these few simple checks next time a clothing
leaflet drops through your letterbox. That way
we can sort out the real charities from businesses just out to make a quick buck out of
our generosity, and stop charities losing out.
If in doubt, take your donations straight to your local charity shop.
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