Charity collection at the Co-op
From David D
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Some information about the charity collection that took place at the Co-op over the weekend.
- Charity boss charged after probe into alleged £1m benefit fraud scam by migrants travelling to UK - Mirror 6th June 2015
- Charity boss and his wife who flew hundreds of Bangladeshi migrants to Britain for a day to claim £1.6million in benefits are jailed - Daily Mail 8th April 2016
- Married couple who set up bogus charities and flew hundreds of Bangladeshis to Britain to claim £1.6million in benefits are facing jail - Daily Mail, March 2016
- The Charity Commission has opened statutory inquiries into Families for Survival UK and Save The Age Ltd. 12 Jan 2016
It doesn't take much to check out a charity, so why did the Co-op allow them to collect cash on it's premises over the weekend.
From David D
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
A quick update.
According to the Co-op, they didn't give permission and have referred the matter to their security division.
It appears the fundraiser turned up and started collecting without being challenged, as the staff assumed incorrectly that it had been booked through head office.
I have been given an apology and have asked for a notice to appear in the store apologising to the customers who gave a donation.
Additionally, I have asked for a suitable donation be made to charity with similar aims to those being displayed by the person collecting money.
The Co-op has clear rules on charity collection and about who can do it in store. This year, they have a charity partner, British Red Cross. No national charity other than them are allowed to fundraise in store. Local charities and other local organisations are allowed but must have the permission both of the head office and the store concerned.