Bogus children’s charity hits Suffolk streets
Flyers currently in circulation from a company claiming to help disabled children have caused concern among residents in the areas of Beccles, Mildenhall, Brandon, Newmarket and Sudbury.
In recent weeks, Suffolk Trading Standards have received a number of complaints from consumers who are questioning the validity of flyers posted through their doors asking for donated items including clothing, bedding and cosmetics.
The company, who go by the name of ‘Sanita & Partner Limited’, are alleging to be a registered commercial company in England. However their details do not appear on Companies House or the Charity Commission website, which is in direct breach of Trading Standards’ regulations. The company’s direct website address which features on the flyer also does not exist.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said; “It is important to remain on guard when donating items to charities who put flyers through doors. It is good advice to carry out research to determine exactly where your items will be going before leaving them outside your front door.
“In the current financial climate, it is imperative that customers are given all the information required by law to ensure that they can make an informed decision as to whether to donate or not. The complaints Trading Standards have received in a short period of time is an encouraging indication that people in Suffolk are aware of the existence of bogus companies and are taking the right action by contacting us.”
Residents with any concerns about donating to charities on their doorstep should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. Anyone with any further information about Sanita & Partner Limited in particular should contact Suffolk Constabulary immediately on 101.