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‘Give with care’ warning about bogus collections

The Chronicle, Thursday, 18th February, 2010. www.chronicleseries.co.uk 5

A bogus “charity” collection that hit Cheshire and the Moorlands is the target of a new Government drive to stop ogus charity collectors costing charities millions.

The Association of Charity Shops estimates that charities lose between £2.5m and £3m a year through theft and people mistakenly giving clothing to commercial companies in the belief they are charities.

The “Give with care” camaign will help householders ensure that charity donations are going to genuine causes.

While clothing companies may e acting legally, their leaflets are often indistinguishable from charities and will fool people into donating goods thinking they are helping a good cause.

Police in Cheshire and Staffordshire have recently warned people that any clothes or unwanted items placed in

The civil wedding took place recently of Miss Virginia Lett, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Alan Lett, of Northway, Holmes Chapel and Mr Mark Brunskill, only son of Mrs Patricia Brunskill, of Knutton.

The bride was given away by Mr Alan Triner (brother-in-law). She wore a designer soft satin gown. It was a floor length, slim-

ias cut dress with pearls and crystals on the bodice. She carried a bouquet of red roses and diamantes.

Bridesmaids were Misses icky Kasapidis, Pat Hulme and Carly Triner (bride’s niece), Cath Challinor, Faye Rees-Scaly and Mier Kasapidis.

They wore black and white satin ball gowns and black fur shrugs. They carried bouquets of ivory roses and diamantes.

Best man was Mr Richard

“Supporting Arms” bags will not benefit a charity.

Supporting Arms drops the bags off on doorsteps with a day marked for collection in the style of many charities. While the information on the plastic packaging of the bag does not directly refer to the organisation as a charity, it has what looks like a charity registration number.

Cheshire Police’s Insp Mark Gammage said: “Anyone who does wish to get rid of old clothing and wants to ensure it goes to a good cause is advised to contact a registered charity directly and drop their belongings into a store branch.”

The bags have previously been spotted across the country. Police in Cheshire and Staffordshire both referenced a story in Devon with the same bags being dropped off on doorsteps.

Devon Constabulary’s Sgt Jon Phillips told his local newspaper that frequent attempts by officers to make contact with the firm behind the doorstep initiative — Supporting Arms Ltd — had so far failed. Similarly, the “Chronicle” could not contact the company.

Sgt Phillips told his local paper: “The firm involved is a profit-making concern. The only

Horton and groomsmen were Messrs Chris Talbot, Bert Chong, and Gareth Stephens.

Registrar Alan Clarke took the service and the songs “Fields of gold” (Eva Cassidy); “Songbird” (Eva Cassidy) and “Someone like you” (Van Morrison) were played.

Readings were given by Nicky Kasapidis and Pat Hulme and horseshoes were presented by Mr and Mrs Alan Lett and Mrs and Mrs A Jelfs.

A reception to 106 guests was held at Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel.

The couple honeymooned Cancun, Mexico.

They will live in Stafford. The bride is an art student at Stafford College and the bridegroom works at Signet, Birmingham.

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Police have warned that clothes left for collection in this bag will not go to charity.

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people who benefit from the public’s generosity in this instance is Supporting Arms Ltd.” Sgt Phillips stressed no criminal act was being committed by the company.

The Government campaign includes top tips for spotting a genuine charity collection:

● Does the sack or leaflet say the collection is for a registered charity? If so, what’s the registered charity number — call 0845 3000 218 or visit the online register of charities at charitycommission.gov.uk to check that it’s genuine.

● Does it only give a registered company number? Check that a registered charity is also involved with the collection.

● Is the charity actually named? Be wary of wording that just says “families in need” or “sick kids” as this could be an indication that it is not a genuine charity.

● Does the leaflet or bag give a phone number? If not, it may mean the collectors don’t want to answer questions.

The campaign includes thousands of leaflets being distributed to householders across the country with the top tips to help check clothing collection leaflets. Posters will be also displayed in charity shop windows to raise awareness among shoppers.

Be patient during protest — police urge motorists

Police have asked drivers to be patient during a protest demonstration scheduled for Congleton town centre on Saturday.

Up to 150 people are expected to turn out for a march against the introduction of charges on some car parks in the town.

Cheshire Police eastern area events planning officer Derek Griffiths said: “Police officers will close roads as the march progresses and reopen them as soon as it is safe to do so. As always, people’s safety will be the first consideration.

“If drivers show a little patience and follow the instructions they are given, disruption should be kept to a minimum.”

The marchers are scheduled to move off the West Street car park at 2pm. They will travel along West Street and cross to the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street, before moving on to High Street and Lawton Street. The march will end outside the Antelope public house.

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