Warning over bogus charity collectors in Colne

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

BOGUS charity collectors, claiming to be acting on behalf of Pendleside Hospice, have been targeting households in Colne.

But even through the fake fundraisers are wearing hospice T-shirts, bosses at the Reedley charity say they are just con artists.

Three young men have been seen in the distinctive yellow T-shirts in the Leach Street area of Colne earlier this week.

However hospice fundraising manager Kaye Bartle said that the the organisation never collects cash door-to-door and urged residents in Pendle and Burnley to beware.

She said: “We only issue our hospice t-shirts to bona fide hospice fundraisers so I’m disturbed to hear that these young men have been wearing them and going door-to-door.

“These young men are not only conning honest householders they are also devaluing the fantastic work that so many people do in the community to support the hospice.

“We ask that householders don’t hand any money over to anyone knocking at the door saying that they are from the hospice unless they know the person and are totally convinced that the money will be coming to the hospice.”

Hospice officials have reported the suspected fraud to Pendle police, who have launched an investigation.

The hospice is asking anyone who may have been targeted in a similar way to ring their headquarters on 01282 440120.

Each year the hospice needs to raise £3.5million to meet running costs and all but £1milion of that total comes from fundraising.

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8:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

Release the hounds.
Release the hounds. George.White.Bread
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3:17am Fri 18 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

wont effect me dont give to charity.
wont effect me dont give to charity. 2 for 5p
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3:17am Fri 18 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

wont effect me dont give to charity.
wont effect me dont give to charity. 2 for 5p
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8:39am Fri 18 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
wont effect me dont give to charity.
The word you are struggling to find there is 'affect', not 'effect' and you also missed out a vital comma needed to make sense of the sentence. And you missed the opportunity to point out the reason for your boast; that your soul is so corroded, you'll cling on to every farthing your worthless Ebenezer Scrooge-like carcass finds and have failed to realise it is YOU who is the most needy. It must be SO enjoyable being you.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: wont effect me dont give to charity.[/p][/quote]The word you are struggling to find there is 'affect', not 'effect' and you also missed out a vital comma needed to make sense of the sentence. And you missed the opportunity to point out the reason for your boast; that your soul is so corroded, you'll cling on to every farthing your worthless Ebenezer Scrooge-like carcass finds and have failed to realise it is YOU who is the most needy. It must be SO enjoyable being you. Chris P Bacon
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9:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

chris283 says...

2for5p i agree with you totally charity begins at home how can people expect you to give to charity when there is people who can not even afford to feed themselves and there familys so as your self i do not and will not give to charity end of story
2for5p i agree with you totally charity begins at home how can people expect you to give to charity when there is people who can not even afford to feed themselves and there familys so as your self i do not and will not give to charity end of story chris283
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10:01am Fri 18 Jan 13

barlickmafia says...

There should be no need for charities in our society. We pay enough tax and N.I to fund everything we need. The government wastes money hand over fists on the wasters of society, foreigners who have not payed a penny into the system and it allows the suoer rich to fiddle thier way out of taxation. Sort these issues and the great work done by pendleside hospice could be funded wholly by the state.
The scum that carry out this fraud should be put down. They are nothing more than animals.
The law is all in the offenders favour, victims rights are discarded.
There should be no need for charities in our society. We pay enough tax and N.I to fund everything we need. The government wastes money hand over fists on the wasters of society, foreigners who have not payed a penny into the system and it allows the suoer rich to fiddle thier way out of taxation. Sort these issues and the great work done by pendleside hospice could be funded wholly by the state. The scum that carry out this fraud should be put down. They are nothing more than animals. The law is all in the offenders favour, victims rights are discarded. barlickmafia
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11:06am Fri 18 Jan 13

Izanears says...

barlickmafia wrote:
There should be no need for charities in our society. We pay enough tax and N.I to fund everything we need. The government wastes money hand over fists on the wasters of society, foreigners who have not payed a penny into the system and it allows the suoer rich to fiddle thier way out of taxation. Sort these issues and the great work done by pendleside hospice could be funded wholly by the state.
The scum that carry out this fraud should be put down. They are nothing more than animals.
The law is all in the offenders favour, victims rights are discarded.
Never mind charities being funded from our taxes, what about them being funded from the lottery? Some of multi million payouts are obscene.
[quote][p][bold]barlickmafia[/bold] wrote: There should be no need for charities in our society. We pay enough tax and N.I to fund everything we need. The government wastes money hand over fists on the wasters of society, foreigners who have not payed a penny into the system and it allows the suoer rich to fiddle thier way out of taxation. Sort these issues and the great work done by pendleside hospice could be funded wholly by the state. The scum that carry out this fraud should be put down. They are nothing more than animals. The law is all in the offenders favour, victims rights are discarded.[/p][/quote]Never mind charities being funded from our taxes, what about them being funded from the lottery? Some of multi million payouts are obscene. Izanears
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1:09am Sat 19 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

chris283 wrote:
2for5p i agree with you totally charity begins at home how can people expect you to give to charity when there is people who can not even afford to feed themselves and there familys so as your self i do not and will not give to charity end of story
See above advice from Chris P in relation to the correct use of the "queens"/full stops/commas etc.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: 2for5p i agree with you totally charity begins at home how can people expect you to give to charity when there is people who can not even afford to feed themselves and there familys so as your self i do not and will not give to charity end of story[/p][/quote]See above advice from Chris P in relation to the correct use of the "queens"/full stops/commas etc. George.White.Bread
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