CHARITABLE fundraisers are duping millions of pounds out of the kind-hearted British public.
They claim to raise money for worthy causes – but instead line their own pockets.
My investigations have uncovered a disturbing trend, whereby private firms are legally – and in some cases illegally – raising funds on the streets of Britain’s largest cities and donating only a tiny percentage to charity.
In some cases none of the cash is handed over.
Steve Lee, a leading charity campaigner, is very concerned about the rapid growth of such companies.
“These people are costing charity millions in lost revenue,” he said last night.
“A minority of rogue firms are getting the majority of decent well-meaning charities a very bad name.”
Last year almost £18 billion was donated to the charity industry.
Most of it was raised by Britain’s 176,000 registered charities. But a significant proportion was raised by a new breed of private fundraiser, whose priority is making fat profits. Some of these firms claim they use the money to buy essential equipment for our under-funded health service.
Others refuse to state the destination of the proceeds, just saying the cash will be “going to charity”.
The claims are a sham as only 10 percent of the takings ever find their way into the charities’ purses.