Charity bags warning to householders

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AS little as a third of items donated to charity via household bag collections stand a chance of ending up in charity shops, according to the British Heart Foundation.

AS little as a third of items donated to charity via household bag collections stand a chance of ending up in charity shops, according to the British Heart Foundation.

New research shows 70 per cent of bags pushed through letterboxes are from commercial companies working with charities for financial gain.

And in some cases as little as five per cent is paid to the charity.

But the BHF says 65 per cent of people aren’t aware these firms exist and think 100 per cent of the profits goes to charity.

Mike Lucas, retail director of BHF, said: “As well as causing confusion, the escalation in commercial activity has had a negative impact on charity bag donations. BHF shops have seen a 36 per cent drop in household collections, meaning a loss of £4.6m to the charity over the last two years.

“It is vital commercial companies act responsibly and be transparent – particularly around how much profit the named charity will actually make from a collection.

“Householders have the right to know what happens to their donations and currently this information is not clear.

“Although this is a legal way to raise money, companies working for commercial gain are a huge problem for charities with high street shops.

“BHF shops do not work with these companies and because of this 100 per cent of the profits made from charity bag donations stay with the charity – helping us continue our lifesaving work.”

The BHF is launching a Big Donation stock appeal this month.