Give with care
Keep giving - beneficiaries need you to donate goods that charities can sell on.
Check - legitimate charitable collectors will display a charity number on their literature.
Check again - look for the FRSB’s “tick” logo showing the charity has signed up to high standards and regular monitoring
Phone: a legitimate collector would leave a working telephone number for you to check they are collecting in your area
Clothes Aid operates a department dedicated to protecting your clothing donations from theft by so-called bogus collectors.
With your help, Clothes Aid and the police are working hard to reduce these incidents of theft.
If you think you have witnessed a crime please call the police immediately or call Clothes Aid on 020 7288 8545.
Most members of the public are appalled to hear that bags filled with clothing for charity collections are sometimes stolen for profit by organised criminals.
Clothes Aid collectors always carry ID, wear a bright orange Clothes Aid uniform and will collect your clothing in marked Clothes Aid vans. You can also check the charity number written on the charity bag and on the Charity Commission website.
Before collecting in your area, most charities need to get a license from your local authority. To check whether a collection is genuine you can also contact your local authority's licensing department who will be able to help you.
If you have a received a leaflet or bag that you suspect might be from a 'bogus' company you can contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Find out more about how your old clothes help our charity partners across the UK.
If you are a school, academy, college or university looking to fundraise through clothes collections, click here.
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