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Note - In this page, no criticism is implied of the charity (CHSF).
The company was successfully prosecuted by Cardiff Council (South Wales) on 21 May 2009 for undertaking illegal [charitable] clothing collections in Cardiff on 28 January 2009. The company was fined £750 in Cardiff magistrates' court.
The investigation was carried out by the licensing section of the Cardiff Council. We understand the prosecution was brought using the House to House Collections Act 1939.
For details of this prosecution, see the List of prosecutions of collectors page.
Also see Cardiff Council's website (the 'News archive' section) - the page entitled: "Company fined for illegal clothing collections"
Extracts from the Council's page :
"The bags claimed that E&C Export Ltd gave financial support to the Children's Heart Surgery Fund based in Leeds. However the charity confirmed that due to past problems with E&C Export Ltd, it had disassociated itself from the company in November 2008." . . .
"Councillor Ed Bridges, Chair of the [Council's] Public Protection Committee, said: 'This case is particularly unpleasant as the company concerned misled residents into thinking they were giving to a charity. This is in effect stealing from genuine charities.' "
Details from their website :
Details from Companies House website :
Mid-2008 leaflet by E&C Export Ltd
(see foot of page for a
larger image of this leaflet)
Clothing collected by the company in the UK is exported - especially to Eastern Europe. It's sold commercially.
The collection bag distributed by E&C Export Ltd (which resulted in the prosecution described above) referred to the Children's Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF).
CHSF is a registered charity (no: 700753), based at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds General Infirmary (an NHS hospital). The charity is wholly genuine. Website: www.chsf.org.uk
As explained above, the charity disassociated itself from the company (E&C Export Ltd) in November 2008. This was two months before the illegal collection took place.
As at October 2009, E&C Export Ltd were collecting on behalf of another charity - called 'Second Chance', based in Portsmouth, Hampshire. See the following page for more on this :
Alas, the collections were unlicensed.