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« on: March 24, 2010, 11:43:35 AM »

The Royal Borough trading standards service is warning residents to be wary of bogus charity clothing collections following a complaint from a resident in the Old Windsor area who received a flier through the front door using a similar name, colours and logo to the British Heart Foundation.

The flier, from British Charity Foundation, asks the householder to leave out clothing and textiles for collection but a closer look at the small print reveals it is a private company and not a charity.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, lead member for public protection, said: “Investigations by trading standards officers reveal that emails sent to the address on the flier are returned as undeliverable and Companies House checks show British Charity Foundation to be dissolved.

“We don’t want to discourage residents from making charitable donations but would ask them to consider other ways of donating. A greater amount of the money gets to charities if it is donated direct rather than through private companies that sell on the donated goods.”

Catherine Williams, the Old Windsor resident who reported the incident, said: “If I hadn’t looked closely at the flier it would have been easy to make a mistake. I think it’s disgusting that a commercial company is deceiving people into thinking they are making charitable clothing donations so that it can make a profit.”

Diane Locke, deputy retail director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Household appeals are a vital source of income for our shops and we rely on the generous donations made by the public. We would like to encourage everyone to be vigilant when leaving goods out for doorstep collection.

“People can also drop any donated items into their local BHF shop, or call 0844 412 5000 to arrange a convenient time for collection.”

* Trading standards is keen to identify any vehicles and drivers collecting on behalf of British Charity Foundation. Information can be given in confidence by calling 01628 683802 or by emailing trading.standards@rbwm.gov.uk
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