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£15-50 million income is lost by genuine charities in the UK each year - because of charity bag fraud.
Many "charitable" house-to-house clothing collections are misleading / bogus / unlicensed.
We want to improve this situation. One crucial problem here is the lack of readily-available, handy, reliable information, organised into one place. We hope this website will help meet this need.
If the information on our website (and our campaigning) reduces the problem by only 1%, that will raise an extra £250,000+ a year for genuine charities to spend on good causes.
1. Encouraging people to give unwanted goods (clothes etc) to charities :
2. Discouraging bogus or misleading "charitable" house-to-house collections of clothing etc
3. Discouraging people from giving their unwanted goods to poor-value charitable house-to-house collections - especially those where the goods are collected by commercial companies which sell them for a profit, and donate only a small "royalty" to the charity (such as £50 per tonne)
4. Discouraging people from giving goods to purely-commercial house-to-house collections (where charities don't benefit at all)
5. Providing information, advice and encouragement on these issues to :
6. Researching the issues and publishing the information
Our secondary aims include promoting :
Our secondary aims also include discouraging :
Note - We run the website as volunteers, with not-for-profit, charitable intentions.
So far we have no financial support.
Please see the About us page.
our email address (image) :
Postscript: The dialogue below helps explain our approach . . .
Excerpt from "Downton Abbey" (series 1: episode 6 of 7 - at around 23 minutes in) :
"There's a meeting of my borstal charity ..."
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (her father):
"Why are all your causes so steeped in gloom?"
"Because it's the gloomy things that need our help.
If everything in the garden's sunny - why meddle?"