SOUTH Yorkshire residents who regularly give to charity are being urged to be on their guard after a new survey revealed over two thirds of charity bags never reach a charity shop.
Research by the British Heart Foundation found that around 70 per cent of charity bags are actually from commercial companies.
Donations from these bags are then sold overseas and the charity receives as little as five per cent of the money raised.
Retail director for the BHF, Mike Lucas, said: “It is vital commercial companies act responsibly and be transparent on their charity bags – particularly around how much profit the named charity will actually make from a collection.
“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 running a Big Donation appeal in September.
It is urging people to have a big clear out of their homes and then take their donations directly into their local stores wherever possible.
Books, clothes, bric a brac, and household items are always welcome.