Check who gets charity cash, donors are warned

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KIND-hearted residents are being urged to be cautious when making charitable donations to doorstep callers.

The North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership is warning people to double check how much of the donation they make will go direct to the charity they want to support - to ensure third parties are not profiting.

Coun Lilian Robinson, responsible for community safety issues, warned: “These doorstep collectors aren’t doing anything illegal by not passing on all proceeds and we’re not discouraging people to donate to causes they want to support.

“We’re simply urging people to make sure they have all the facts about the organisation they are donating to.

“If you’re concerned, consider giving your donation direct to the charity or taking your goods to a charity shop.”

Coun Robinson added: “Importantly, don’t feel pressured to give on the doorstep - it’s your choice. All genuine charities will be happy to receive any donation you wish to give by other means.”

Residents who are concerned about the credentials of an organisation collecting in their area can contact the Charity Commission on 0845 3000218 or visit www.charity-commission.gov.uk for more information.