Hospice warns of rogue collectors

ST Andrew’s Hospice fundraising director Katie Mulgrew has asked the public to beware of rogue collectors who have fake forms and are collecting sponsor money.

The hospice has had numerous phone calls reporting bogus collectors who are knocking on doors and pocketing the cash raised.

Katie said: “Our hospice provides care services each week to 120 patients from across the county and our fundraising team has to raise £49,000 each week to maintain these services.

“In these very difficult economic times the hospice only just balanced the financial books last year and this was through the generosity of the general public and the business communities. These rogue collectors are stealing monies needed for patient care.”

Katie provided the following guidance: “Our Hospice does not have door-to-door can collections and we do not normally collect outside supermarkets, hospitals or public houses.

“When supermarkets authorise collections inside stores, our collectors wear dark blue tabards on which the Hospice name appears in bolt white letters.

“Finally, when participants in hospice sponsored events – such as road races, walks and hill-climbs – approach the general public for sponsorship they should be in possession of official St Andrew’s Hospice sponsor forms with the Hospice address stamped in red ink on the front page.”

Information on rogue collectors should be reported to the police in the first instance and secondly to St Andrew’s Hospice on 01236 766951.