Beware doorstep donation

PEOPLE across the borough are being warned about making doorstep donations to charity.

As part of a drive by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) MP Andy Burnham is urging people across Wigan and Leigh to be vigilant when making doorstep donations of second-hand goods to their chosen charity.

Although for the most part charity collectors are genuine, there are some who use people’s goodwill to make a profit for themselves.

Third party organisations will often collect clothes on behalf of charities and will make a large profit and only pass on a small amount on to the causes that rely so heavily on donations to be able to provide help to those in need.

The campaign, backed by the Leigh MP, is part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the effect that commercial doorstep collections are having.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The BHF has seen a 25 per cent drop in household collections due to this commercial activity which will cost us a staggering £3m in the next year. This is money which could be spent in the fight against heart disease.”

Mr Burnham will today visit his constituency to highlight that 100 per cent of the profits made from donations to the Heart Foundation will stay with the charity because no partnership has been formed with commercial companies, who often sell donations on to rag merchants.