Warn­ing over fake char­ity col­lec­tions

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

West Loth­ian peo­ple are be­ing warned to be aware of a char­ity fraud.

Menin­gi­tis Now have re­cently dis­cov­ered that their logo is be­ing used on unau­tho­rised clothes re­cy­cling bags.

The bags are de­signed for peo­ple to do­nate their un­wanted clothes, shoes, and other items, which are then col­lected at the road­side, of­ten to raise money for char­ity.

Menin­gi­tis Now say they want to make it clear that they do not raise funds through schemes such as th­ese and there is no agree­ment in place with any com­pany to col­lect un­wanted goods on their be­half.

Stephen Ser­vice, pol­icy man­ager at the Fundrais­ing Reg­u­la­tor said:“While many cloth­ing col­lec­tions are le­git­i­mate, char­ity bag fraud is an in­creas­ingly com­mon prob­lem which makes vic­tims of donors and char­i­ties alike. If in doubt, check with your lo­cal coun­cil di­rectly be­fore you give to en­sure the col­lec­tion is li­censed.”

Dr Tom Nutt CEO at Menin­gi­tis Now said: “Sadly, this is an is­sue that af­fects the wider char­ity sec­tor and not just Menin­gi­tis Now.

“Char­i­ties rely on the gen­eros­ity of pub­lic do­na­tions to help keep vi­tal ser­vices run­ning - at Menin­gi­tis Now this means en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one af­fected by menin­gi­tis gets the sup­port they need to re­build their lives.

“I would like to make it clear that th­ese bags are fraud­u­lent and noth­ing to do with Menin­gi­tis Now – please do not make any do­na­tions in this way.

“We are work­ing to­gether with other char­i­ties and the char­ity reg­u­la­tor to min­imise the im­pact that this type of be­hav­iour has on the char­ity sec­tor as a whole.”

If you are ever in any doubt about the use of ei­ther char­ity’s logo on bags such as th­ese, or won­der­ing if some­one is fundrais­ing for us le­git­i­mately, con­tact 01453 768000, or via the char­ity’s Face­book page www. face­book.com/ menin­gi­tis­now

A spokesper­son for Menin­gi­tis Now said:“We hope and be­lieve that this kind of fraud is rare, but would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind our gen­er­ous sup­port­ers that there are other, safer ways to make do­na­tions to our char­ity, in par­tic­u­lar via our web­site www. menin­gi­tis­now.org.”

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