MP advises residents to make checks before donating to charitable collectors

Really good advice from Mark Reckless MP: it’s essential to check that you are giving to a bona fide charity this Christmas!

Mark Reckless MP

frsbMark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood is warning residents of Medway to check they are giving to a registered charity when approached for donations. 2 in 5 adults across the UK do not make any checks when approached by a collector for a charitable donation, according to an independent ICM poll commissioned by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).

Christmas is a traditional time for giving and charities work hard to raise money during this time to fund their work. Almost half (44%) of donors give directly to charity at Christmas time, giving an average of around £46 to the good causes they care about. 81% of those who give at Christmas stated they will be donating similar amounts this year as they did in 2011.

Almost all collections are genuine, but some people will try to abuse the generosity of others for their own gain…

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