Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Give to charity, not third-party collectors

I am writing to encourage readers to be vigilant when making doorstep donations of second-hand goods to their chosen charity because they could be lining the pockets of third-party organisations working for commercial gain - not the charity.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has seen a 25% drop in household collections across the UK due to this commercial activity and I believe it will cost them £3m in the next year - money which could be spent in the fight against heart disease.

Remember, 100% of the profits made from donations to BHF Northern Ireland stay with the charity because they haven't formed a partnership with third-party organisations.

These profits help them continue their life-saving work, whereas as little as 5% goes to charities who use a third party to collect on their behalf.

BHF Northern Ireland has launched a new campaign because they believe it's only right householders are given clear information about where the proceeds of their goods are going so they can make an informed choice.

To find out more or to locate your nearest BHF Northern Ireland shop, call 0844 412 5000 or visit bhf.org.uk/rightbag.

SUSAN TUFFY

Belfast

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