KIND-HEARTED residents should be on guard to make sure their charitable donations don’t line the pockets of private companies, the town’s MP has warned.
Amber Rudd visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Wellington Place where she heard about the organisation’s problems with commercial doorstep collections.
These are carried out by companies who sell on the goods and give the charities a cut of the profits.
Now Ms Rudd is backing a BHF drive to encourage people to donate directly to their chosen charity.
A spokesman for the BHF said the commercial doorstep collections will cost it £3 million this year. Ms Rudd said: “Companies working for commercial gain are a huge problem for charities.
“I’d like to highlight that 100 per cent of the profits made from donations to the BHF in Hastings stay with the charity and help it continue its life-saving work, whereas as little as five per cent can go to a charity via a commercial collection.
“It’s only right householders in Hastings are given clear information from collectors about where the proceeds of their goods are going so they can make an informed choice,” she added.
The BHF is urging people to take their unwanted clothes books, CDs and bric-a-brac directly to the shop or to only give to collectors registered as working for the charities themselves rather than a third party.