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Our charity collectors are vital
2:20pm Friday 17th August 2012 in Your Letters
I READ with interest and dismay the reader’s letters in the August 9 edition of the Messenger entitled ‘Please ban them’.
As chairman of the Altrincham and Sale fundraising group for the Christie, and I feel sure that many other charities will agree with me, I strongly object to the description that Altrincham town centre collectors regularly harass people outside Marks and Spencer.
Trafford Council will only allow one collection per charity per annum. Thus regular harassment by any single organisation would be impossible.
There are strict instructions from the council that, among other things, ‘No collection shall be made in a manner likely to inconvenience or annoy any person, no collector shall importune any person to the annoyance of such person and a collector shall remain stationary’.
The money raised in these street collections is a major contribution to the much-needed funds of charities and as the Christie annual collection in Altrincham averages about £1,000 on a Saturday, it is obvious that the majority of the public, unlike your other contributor, appreciate this.
All money raised by the, unpaid, stand-outside-in-all-weathers volunteers goes towards the research into the development of the prevention of, the early diagnosis of and the treatment of all types of cancer.
I hope not, but it is not impossible that as cancer now directly affects one in every three people, that the curmudgeonly letter writer may at some point have cause to be grateful to these volunteers and wish that perhaps they had dropped a little something in the bucket and held back on the complaints.
W Barry Jones Chairman Altrincham and Sale Fundaising Group for the Christie