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' The A-Z List '
of house-to-house clothing collectors

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NOTES

THE A-Z LIST OF CLOTHING COLLECTORS (table)  Columns:  Collector/charity, ASA, Details

Warning - confusingly similar names of charities and clothing collectors (with examples)  Updated

Odd, interesting and misleading names of collectors (A-Z)  Updated

Charities/'good causes' which are not based in the UK or Ireland

Charities which have closed down (or have been closed down)

Non-existent charities / 'good causes' (bogus)

Clothing collection companies which purport to be 'non-profit'  NEW

Commercial collection companies which use ".org.uk" in their web address

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THE A-Z LIST OF CLOTHING COLLECTORS (table)  Columns:  Collector/charity, ASA, Details

Warning - confusingly similar names of charities and clothing collectors (with examples)  Updated

Odd, interesting and misleading names of collectors (A-Z)  Updated

Charities/'good causes' which are not based in the UK or Ireland

Charities which have closed down (or have been closed down)

Non-existent charities / 'good causes' (bogus)

Clothing collection companies which purport to be 'non-profit'  NEW

Commercial collection companies which use ".org.uk" in their web address

Notes

First, can you help ? . . .

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We'd welcome information on other collectors you've come across, so they can be added to the list below - see Contact us.

It would be useful too if you could :

Of course, we'll treat your name and contact details as confidential.

. . . And remember, the best way of discouraging misleading or bogus collections is to take your donations to a CHARITY SHOP.

Also, on average, around 50 times more money is raised for charity if you take the goods to a charity shop (compared with a collection which pays a 'royalty' to the charity of £50 per tonne of clothes).

Where do I find information on clothing collectors on this website?

We've put the information dealing with specific collectors in three places on the website, as follows:

  1. A-Z List of clothing collectors page   =this is the page you're now looking at 
    We also refer to this as the "A-Z collectors List" - or just the "A-Z List" for short.
    Arguably it's the "centre" of the website - and the page that's used most often.
    This list gives brief (summary) information on all the collectors we know about.
    There are over 250 collectors and charities listed - with their status, location, website etc.
    It includes adjudications by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
    It's presented as a table (3 columns and lots of rows).
    There are no images of leaflets or bags on this page (to save space).
  2. Clothing collectors: A selection (A-Z) page
    When we've got images of collection leaflets or bags and/or more-detailed information about a collector, we put these images and information on this "Selection (A-Z) " page.  This supplements the summaries given in the "A-Z List" (table) above.
  3. Pages on individual collectors
    If the entry for a collector on the "Selection (A-Z)" page (above) gets too large, we move it to become a separate (standalone) page - dedicated to the individual collector.  For a list of these, see the "Examples of collectors" section of the drop-down menus (at the top of every page).
    These pages provide the greatest detail on any individual collector/charity.

Explanatory notes:

So, if you're looking for information on a particular collector, there are three possibilities :

If you see a collector on the Selection (A-Z) page, there won't be a dedicated page on the individual collector (and vice-versa).

How accurate is the list?

Warning triangle

Beware! - information about dubious and bogus collectors is patchy and anecdotal.  Some have confusingly similar names.  The details printed on their leaflets or bags may be incorrect or misleading - for example the names, addresses, registered numbers and telephone numbers of the organisations.  Some leaflets are fakes (counterfeit).

Over the years, as volunteers, we've spent hundreds of hours carefully researching, compiling and fine-tuning this A-Z list.  There are now over 300 entries (table rows) and it occupies 60 pages of A4 (if you print it out).  People tell us that we've got our facts right with most of the entries.  However, there are bound to be some errors and misunderstandings.  Our apologies where this has happened.

Who's included in this list?

Letter A of alphabet  Letter Z of alphabet

Order of items

The list is arranged A-Z by name of collector and/or charity.

The three columns in the list

To keep the list concise, we've made the entries short and used a few abbreviations.

Some of the abbreviations are explained on the page called List of organisations and resources.  Examples:  ASA, CH, CRA, FRSB, H2H, IoF, RO, SIC, TRA, TSD.

We've used the word "charity" loosely in the list  - merely to mean the good cause which is apparently being supported (this is the meaning contained in the 1939 Act). 
It may not be: (a) a registered charity, or (b) UK-based, or (c) genuine.

We've used the term "co" or "company" as a convenient shorthand to indicate the collector. 
In some cases (strictly speaking) they're not companies.

1. Collector/charity column :

2. ASA column :

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) logo

An "ASA" entry in this column indicates that a formal complaint was submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and an adjudication made.  Where no date is given in the Details column, the adjudication was before 2004.  See also :

3. Details column :

Charities with National Exemption Orders (NEOs)

In the list we've colour-coded the charities which have National Exemption Orders in respect of house-to-house collections.  Most of these 43 or so charities are large and well-known - eg British Heart Foundation, the Children's Society, Oxfam and Scope.

See the page on National Exemption Orders for more information.  

As a crude rule of thumb, when you're looking for a collection which is genuine, choose the ones which have a National Exemption Order.

Do the goods go to charity shops?

Charity shop (courtesy of Oxfam)
Charity shop

Where a charity is mentioned (or implied) - do the goods go to charity shops? :

Other lists of collectors

The A-Z List of clothing collectors (table)

Coding used in the List - summary

To fully understand the table below, please see the sections above for explanations - such as abbreviations and use of italics.  However, below is a reminder of the key points :

Enforcement

In general, ANY collection done using the name of an organisation listed in red in column 1 below is ILLEGAL.  If you receive a leaflet or bag alleging it's from them, contact the regulators urgently (in other words, local council licensing, council trading standards and the police) - and try to get the collection intercepted, checked out and stopped.
If you have the time, let us know how you get on.  Contact us.

Filtering the table below

You can look at the table below just as it is - browsing up and down the page as usual  
And you can search it as usual - for instance using Ctrl-F (then using the Enter or F3 keys).

However, this table uses table-filter software - so you can filter and/or sort entries.

Filtering:  At any stage, you can select (in other words, filter) the entries below.
This "collapses" the table temporarily - so it only lists the items (rows) which you want.
Do this as follows:

The heading(s) of the selected column(s) and the selected text are highlighted.
The filter isn't case-sensitive - so UPPER or lower case makes no difference.
Use two vertical-line characters (by the "Z" key) to indicate "or".  Example:  bloggs||smith
Other codes include:  {x =begins with x    }x =ends with x    !x =not x    [empty] =empty 
See http://tablefilter.free.fr/   for more of these codes (with examples).
At the top of the table, there's a counter that tells you the number of rows shown.

Also, you can search using Regular Expressions (=regex)   with this new version (v2.4).
Do this by putting "rgx:" at the start ("rgx" followed by a colon ":").
Example: "rgx:200[3-8]"  - this finds all items with years between 2003 and 2008

  Sorting:

These filtering and sorting facilities allow you to interact with the table - so you can change it to suit your needs.  They make the table behave like a simple database or spreadsheet.

See our Web design page for more on table filtering facilities (JavaScript).
The software used on the table below is called "HTML Table Filter" (by Max Guglielmi).
For more help on using it (eg search syntax), see http://tablefilter.free.fr/  

    

Browsers:  The software works fine with Internet Explorer 8, Firefox and Safari.  It's fine with Opera too - except it only sorts one column at a time.

By the way, there's another nice JavaScript table utility called "TableTools"   (by Mingyi Liu).  A modified version is available as a free add-on for the Firefox browser.  When you're browsing with Firefox and see any table, you can call up the TableTools utility (with a right-click) and do powerful filtering and sorting (and more).

Examples of selection/search text which you can type in the empty form boxes below
(Remember: UPPER or lower case text makes no difference) :

  Collector/charity ASA   Details

no name given - just says:
"Business Reg. No. 4219916"

  Clothes to Eastern Europe.  See our leaflet and comments page. 
Same Business Reg No (BRNo) as New Alperton Systems Ltd

no name given - collection for Lithuania

  1999 collection in London - "contact 0777 159 4115"

no name given

  Commercial clothing collector.
Leaflet: "Dear householder: You can help people who really need support..."
Image of a heart in a pair of hands.
Helpline: 07955 510094  clothing_collection@yahoo.co.uk
Collecting in Cramlington (Northumberland) October 2010 `
Purporting to be charitable.
     
A    

A & P Collection Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 5769478.  Company incorporated 4 April 2006.
Company DISSOLVED 10 March 2009. 
London NW2 5ND.  Source: www.headington.org.uk  
Collecting in North London - Jan 2011 (illegal).

ABC Vara Ltd

ASA Company DISSOLVED 18 Sept 2012.  No accounts filed.
The company had existed for only 15 months.
 
They were a commercial collection company.  Incorporated 29 June 2011.
Based: 55 Ashfield Drive, Anstey, Leicestershire LE7 7TA (East Midlands).
www.abc-vara.co.uk  Rudimentary, small website at Sept 2011.
At July 2013 the website's gone.
 
At August 2011, their bags said: "... Collecting to support our Local Schools".
BEWARE - The collections were purporting to be charitable but were unlicensed (illegal).
The company admitted they had no arrangements in place to give money to any schools.
 
With one of their collections, local police seized (confiscated) the clothes and gave them to local charity shops.
 
Hertfordshire Trading Standards took action against one of their collections.
 
Also see http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6130_102-536386.html   =dated 2 Aug 2011, headed "Is abc-vara.co.uk a scam?"
SheffieldForum.co.uk   8 Sept 2011, headed "probable scam".
 
23 Nov 2011:  Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA):
Complaint by Clothes Aid Services Ltd.  Complaint upheld - leaflet was misleading.  Complaint ref: A11-170027

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust

  Charity:  Birmingham.  Operates 46 charity shops (in the Midlands) at 2011.
www.acorns.org.uk  
 
Collection company:  Does house-to-house collections for the Trust.

Action for Children (National Exemption Order)

  Charity:  Founded 1869.  "The UK's leading children's charity".
Formerly known as the National Children's Home (NCH).
www.ActionForChildren.org.uk  
 
Collection company:  Care2Collect (I & G Cohen).  Donating "at least £50 per tonne" of textiles (at Feb 2011).  Using 100% biodegradable bags

ADG Service Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company no 6085183.  Incorporated 6 Feb 2007.
RO: Suite 12, 2nd floor, 180 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PD.
This is the same (accommodation) address as Memel Ltd and Taurus Ltd.  ADG appears to be run by Lithuanians.  Director: Aleksandras Butnorius.  alibaba.com   gives ADG's trading address as 4 Luton Grove, Liverpool L4 4LG (NW England).
 
At 26 Dec 2011, company's status was "proposal to strike off" (accounts overdue).
Company DISSOLVED 3rd April 2012.
 
Collecting clothes in Stockton-on-Tees (NE England) Aug 2011.
Leaflet says: "Thank you ... for your kindness and helping us help other people in third world countries."  This wording implies it's charitable.  It was unlicensed, so it was illegal.`
Note - Don't confuse with similar-named companies.

Against Breast Cancer

  Charity:  Office: Leathem House, 13 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3YT (at Nov 2011).  They fund research.
 www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk   Includes image of pink collection bag.  £75 per tonne goes to the charity.
 
Collections by Recycling Clothes Co Ltd (RCC) (at May 2012).
Beware: Collecting without a licence (=illegal) at Sept 2012

Age UK
(National Exemption Order)

  www.ageuk.org.uk   Large, respected charity - formed by the merger of 'Help the Aged' and 'Age Concern' in 2009.

Air Ambulance Recycling Ltd (AAR)

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 21 June 2011.  Based in Birmingham.
BEWARE - The co carried out the collections for "Air Ambulance Support CIC" (AASCIC) - a scam.  The registered-office addresses of both companies (AAR and AASCIC) were the same.
 
On 22 May 2012, this company (and E&N Textiles Ltd) were wound up (closed down) in the High Court, London - by 'Company Investigations' (part of the government's Insolvency Service).  They were seen as not acting in the public interest.  See:
http://news-insolvency.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Rogue-charity-companies-closed-down-for-bogus-collections...   (government news release)
www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/424582   (gov't news release)
www.letsrecycle.com/news/...  
www.fundraising.co.uk/news/2012/05/24/...  
www.thirdsector.co.uk/go/news/article/1133755/high-court...  
www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Air-ambulance-charity-bag-scam-firms-shut-down  

air ambulance services (AAs) (reputable charities)

  There are around 20 local/regional AAs in England and Wales.
They're all registered charities :
 
- Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
- Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance charity (DLRAA)
- Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT)
- Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity (DSAA)
- East Anglian Air Ambulance charity (EAAA) - see entry >>
- Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance charity (EHAAT)
- Great North Air Ambulance Service charity (GNAAS) - see entry >>
- Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) - see entry >>
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity (HIOWAA) - see entry >>
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT)
- Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance charity (LNAACT)
- London's Air Ambulance charity
- Midlands Air Ambulance charity (MAA) - see entry >>
- North West Air Ambulance charity (NWAA) - see entry >>
- Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance charity (TVACAA)
- Wales Air Ambulance Trust
- Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance charity (WNAA)
- Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAA)
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity (YAA) - see entry >>
 
Around 40% (?) of them do house-to-house clothing collections.
Some also operate clothing banks (eg MAA).
Some also operate charity shops.
 
2011+:  The three charities DLRAA, WNAA and "The Children's Air Ambulance" operate jointly, under the umbrella name: "The Air Ambulance Service" (TAAS).
(Don't confuse this with "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS) - a scam - see below.)
 
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"Children's Air Ambulance", established late 2005 - see entry below >>
They were controversial - see various critical articles, eg Charity Times  
However, in Dec 2011 they were taken over by a reputable AA charity group (TAAS - see above).  So, they're 'OK' now.
 
Beware the following controversial air ambulance charity.  It has/had a chequered history :
 
"Ireland Air Ambulance" (IAA) - see various critical articles, eg UK Fundraising  
 
Also beware air ambulance scams - especially :
- "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS & AASTC) - companies closed down 2 Nov 2011
- "Air Ambulance Support CIC" (AASCIC) - also closed down on 2 Nov 2011
- "Air Ambulance Recycling Ltd" (AAR) - Birmingham, closed down 22 May 2012
- "E&N Textiles Ltd" (E&N) - Birmingham, also closed down on 22 May 2012
- "Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Air Ambulance" - a non-existent charity

"Air Ambulance Service" (AAS)
 and
 Air Ambulance Service (Trading Co) Ltd (AASTC)

ASA ASA Both companies were based in Bicester, Oxfordshire.  Collecting Spring 2010+.  Controversial.
Private companies.  Misleading, an ingenious (but disturbing) scam.
www.AirAmbulanceService.org.uk  
 
See our pages including:
- "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS) and AASTC
- Newspaper articles etc on "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS) and AASTC
 
19 Jan 2011:  Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA): Complaint upheld - leaflet was misleading.
19 Oct 2011:  Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) re E&N Textiles Ltd/AAS: Complaint upheld (misleading leaflet).  Complaint ref: A11-162285
 
Formally connected to AASCIC.  See also E&N Textiles Ltd.
 
15 April 2011:  The companies were renamed to St Anthony Repatriation Ltd and St Anthony (Trading Co) Ltd respectively.
 
On 2 Nov 2011 Both companies were wound up (closed down) in the High Court, London - by 'Company Investigations' (part of the government's Insolvency Service).  They were seen as not acting in the public interest.

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS)

  A reputable local (Midlands) Air Ambulance charity
SEE the "air ambulance services" entry above for details
 
Beware - don't confuse with "Air Ambulance Service" (=AAS, a scam) above

Air Ambulance Support Community Interest Company (CIC) (AASCIC)

  Note their unusual status - a 'Community Interest Company' (CIC).
The company said it was collecting for local Air Ambulance charities - but they weren't authorised by the charities.  Controversial.  Illegal collections.
 
Company:  Registered office: Birmingham.  Co incorporated July 2010.
Formally connected to "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS/AASTC).
See also Air Ambulance Recycling Ltd (AAR).
See our page on "Air Ambulance Support CIC " company with IMAGES
 
On 2 Nov 2011 The company was wound up (closed down) in the High Court, London - by 'Company Investigations' (part of the government's Insolvency Service).  The company was seen as not acting in the public interest.

Al-Ain International [Welfare] Trust

  Eyesight charity.  Reg charity no 1100246.  Established 2003.
Helps people in Nottingham, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
www.al-ain.org.uk    Nottingham NG7 6LW.
 
Collecting clothes in Leicester mid-2009.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of an Al-Ain leaflet.
Leaflet wording is partly in Urdu.

Alra Clothing Ltd (Alra)

ASA Company DISSOLVED 14 Jan 2014.
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 07157890.  Based in Monsall Road, Manchester M40 8WN.  Incorporated 15 Feb 2010.  Co's SIC classification: Wholesale of clothing and footwear.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2 June 2010.  Complaint upheld.
"Asthma charity".
At Sept 2011, collecting for the Tree of Hope Children's Charity.
 
BEWARE: Penman & Sommerlad Investigate (PSI)   criticisms of Alra Clothing.  Controversial collections.

Ambertop Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Birmingham.  Company established 17 Jan 2005.
Company DISSOLVED 11 April 2006.

Angel of Goodness Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.  Reg co no 04853397.
RO: Flat 2, 3 Selborne Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 2DN.
Co incorporated 1 Aug 2003.
Co's SIC class'ns: Wholesale of textiles, Wholesale of clothing and footwear.
An unusual company name.  Sole director Anzela Maceviciute.  Lithuanian.
See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2008/04   April 2008 =PSI

A.N.Y.A Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Ilford (NE London).  Incorporated 14 March 2007.  Lithuanian.
Company DISSOLVED 30 March 2010.
 
Collecting without a licence "on behalf of the STOP INDIFFERENCE [charitable] Project of the Lithuanian Orphan Fellowship" - see Tandridge Council website Oct 2010.  & see www.brookmans.com/forum   eg image

Arkbell Ltd
[See also entry below]

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 05303325.  Incorporated 2 Dec 2004.  RO: 75 Churston Avenue, London E12 0RJ.  Company DISSOLVED 11 Aug 2009.
Leaflets state: "[we] provide people in third world countries with clothes for their families they can afford."

Arkbell Ltd
[See also entry above]

  Reg co no 07483647.  Company incorporated 6 Jan 2011.  London EC1M 4DN

The Arthur Clothing Company

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Misleading collections.  See http://news.bbc.co.uk   March 2005, with image of green leaflet: "Collecting clothing for countries in need"

ASD Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 4497391.  Registered co no. matches company called Olonex in London.
Company DISSOLVED May 2004.  ASD Ltd collecting 2006.
Sources include: www.headington.org.uk  

Audosta Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 07031195.  Incorporated 26 Sept 2009.
Address:  3 Broad Street, Newport NP20 2DQ (South Wales).
www.audosta.co.uk  
Website (Oct 2011) said the company "donate 60% of its after tax profits".
At Nov 2011, the figure quoted was 75%.
Website has a section headed: "Be aware! Bogus clothing collections!".
 
At Nov 2011, Audosta were collecting for four small charities :
- Bowel Cancer Wales
- Children's Hearts
- Woodlands Cancer Care
- Cancer Research and Genetics UK - see their entries below.
 
At 21 July 2013 the charities listed on their website were :
- Children's Hearts
- Woodlands Cancer Care
- Margaret Green Animal Rescue [Dorset]
- Kids Out
 
'Childrens Aid Foundation' ceased using Audosta Ltd as from 19 Oct 2011.
 
Runnymede Council (Surrey) (around mid 2011) refused to give a licence to Audosta Ltd in respect of Children's Hearts, and Childrens Aid Foundation.
 
See also a Lithuanian website: www.childrenam.org   This states (at Nov 2011): "Aurelija’s Makūnienė’s [AM] Charity and Support Fund has signed a cooperation agreement with Audosta LTD"

Aukuras Credence Ltd / Acredence

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Ireland company reg. No. 441989.  Collecting in Republic of Ireland in 2008.  They export to Eastern Europe.  www.acredence.com/acredence/Auk_About.html  
Source: http://clothingcollection.org - Irish clothing collections blog
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of leaflets (stickers).

Azzara

  A controversial Lithuanian charity.
SEE entries for Intersecond Ltd (and "Do Not Delay")
B    

Bag It Up [Ltd]

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Based in Halifax HF4 8AG (West Yorkshire)  www.bagitup.org.uk   The website has an ".org.uk" suffix.
A member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
 
Partner-charities:  The company collects for some air ambulance charities. #
Information supplied by the company (April 2012) :
They've raised over £3.5 million for charity partners since their inception in 2005, including over £1.4 million for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and £1.2 million for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

  Famous charity - London SW8.  Founded 1860.  www.battersea.org.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)

BCR Global Textiles Ltd (BCR)

  A commercial clothing collector.  Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
 
Reg company No: 01884925.  Incorporated 1985.
[At 2011, address: 1-4 Greets Green Industrial Estate, Greets Green Road, West Bromwich B70 9EW (West Midlands).]
At July 2014, RO: Units 10-11 Oldbury Road Industrial Estate, Oldbury Road, West Bromwich B70 9DD (West Midlands)
Managing Director: Maxine Sault.
They operate: Textile banks, toy banks, bra banks, school collections, education programmes, kerbside collections.
www.bcrglobal.com   
 
At Dec 2011, their website says they're working in partnership with 4 charities:
- Breast Cancer Campaign
- Meningitis Trust
- Little Hearts Matter
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Note: At July 2014 they're not collecting for Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
 
Charities which have benefited (13) include: NACCPO, Against Breast Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support, Walk the Walk, Cancer Research UK, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Also see: www.bcrbreastcancercampaign.co.uk   "£5 raised for every bag of clothes donated" (they collect from your home or office).
 
Note: Don't confuse this company with those with similar names, such as:
"Birmingham Community Recycling CIC" (also abbreviated to 'BCR')
- they focus on paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastics and printer cartridges

"Bernhardos"

  Said to be a misspelling of Barnardo's.  Scam, collection bags in Somerset (SW England) Aug 2010. 
See police warning: www.Burnham-on-Sea.com/news/2010  
and www.SouthGlos.gov.uk/NR   Sept 2010
 
Eventually (on 27 March 2013) the collector was PROSECUTED.

Bird of Hope Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 17 June 2009.  Ipswich (Suffolk).
Company DISSOLVED via voluntary strike-off June 2011.
 
Collecting 2009 & 2010.
They "claim to donate 30% of their profits to Birth Care Association".
Source: http://chinbags.wordpress.com/tag/bird-of-hope/     

Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities (BCH)

  Charity supporting the BCH - an NHS hospital in Birmingham (West Midlands). www.bch.org.uk  
 
At Dec 2011, collections were by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Birth Care Association

  Lithuanian.  SEE Bird of Hope Ltd; Kaunas

Bollin Recycling

  A commercial collection company.  4 Woodland Drive, Sale, Cheshire M33 3PQ [NW England] - according to Bolton Council's licence.
Article in MEN - criticisms of 'Bollin Recycling' by trading standards (2003)  
Article says: "...Bollin Recycling, a trading name of Bishop Associates, in Ashley, near Altrincham [Cheshire]'.
Note: The River Bollin is a major tributary of the River Mersey.
 
Collecting for Children's Air Ambulance (CAA) - licence issued by Bolton Council (Lancashire) in Sept 2011.
 
Collecting for the Firefighters Charity - licence issued by Warwick District Council, 2011.

Bowel Cancer Wales

  A very small Welsh charity (at Oct 2011), £3,000 annual income 2008-11.
www.bowelcancerwales.com  
Linked to "Cancer Research and Genetics UK" (another Welsh charity).
 
SEE Audosta Ltd (their commercial collection company partner).

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

  Charity:  Genuine, well-respected.
 
Fake leaflets (pretending to be from Breakthrough Breast Cancer) were distributed in mid-2010 - eg by Clothman Ltd.  The scam was featured on BBC TV and radio.  The charity was blameless.
See our page on Breakthrough Breast Cancer with IMAGES
See also our page/article on fake collections generally

"British Charity Foundation" [bogus]

  Non-existent organisation, bogus leaflet.  Leaflet red with heart logo.
Headed: "1 in 3 people die from heart ... disease..."  from W&W Help Ltd
Eg see www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/sep/21  
www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/news   =warning by Royal Borough of Windsor.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with an IMAGE of the leaflet.

British Forces Foundation (BFF)

  A charity, helping British armed forces personnel (by providing entertainment).  Based in Pewsey (Wiltshire).  http://bff.org.uk  
 
Clothing collection companies:  Midlands Textiles outsourcing to Tomtex - according to a licence application made to Bedford Borough Council (May 2012)

British Heart Foundation (BHF)
(National Exemption Order)

  A large, highly respected charity.  www.bhf.org.uk  :  At 2009: A 'Gift Aid' form is printed on their bags and there's the ACS logo.  100% of proceeds go to the charity.
Also they offer to collect donations of goods from households if you telephone them.  BHF are one of the "best" collectors.

Byronswell Ltd

ASA A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company:  Incorporated 27 Oct 2004.  Co reg no: 05270797.
RO at Apr 2012: 46 Station Road, North Harrow, Harrow, Middlesex (West London) HA2 7SE.  Co's SIC classification: Recovery of sorted materials.
Around 2009, trading address was: Woolston, Southampton (Hampshire) SO19 7HS.
Trading address (Nov 2011) : Fieldend House, Boyneswood Road, Medstead, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 5EA. www.byronswell.co.uk  
Charity:  In aid of Chernobyl radiation victims (Ukraine).  Co donated £50 per ton.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 5 Nov 2008
(complaint by Ceredigion Trading Standards, Wales), not upheld.
Their collections needed licences under the 1939 Act.  Did they obtain them?
 
Picture of their orange leaflet: www.tredegar.co.uk/forum  
See also http://chickerell.com/forum/index.php?topic=139.0   =West Dorset
Bournemouth Echo article   22 Nov 2007 - criticisms of Byronswell by three trading standards depts regarding their Chernobyl leaflets.  BEWARE.
 
At Nov 2011 (and July 2013), the company's website says they're now collecting only for the "Dreams Come True"   charity (DCTC).  The company says it's devised a "Code of best practice".  They say they pay £70 per tonne to the charity.
Most of their collection staff are Polish.
Their bags include a request for jewellery.  We feel this is unacceptable.
They also operate clothing banks.  These give only £120 per tonne to the charity.
However, other collectors are donating £250 to £650 per tonne in similar circumstances.
Collections licensed by New Forest District Council (Hampshire)   Oct 2011
 
At early 2012, the company was collecting (on behalf of "Dreams Come True") without a licence in S England.  The company has admitted they didn't have a licence.
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Cancer Recovery Foundation

  SEE Children's Cancer Recovery Project

Cancer Relief UK

  Charity:  Chesterfield (Derbyshire).  Started 2008, a small charity.
www.CancerReliefUK.org  
 
BEWARE - don't confuse with "Cancer Research UK".
 
Companies:  Collections were by Textiles Solution Ltd (at mid-2010).
The charity terminated this arrangement around early 2012 (as they felt the payments were inadequate).
 
In April 2012, 100,000 fake (counterfeit) collection bags purporting to be from Cancer Relief UK and Textiles Solution Ltd were seized at Dover Docks (Kent) - en route to the UK from Bulgaria.
See www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-17819885  (video)
 
As at May 2012, Cancer Relief's clothing collections are done by GT Recycling.
Some of these collections are unlicensed.
 
At May 2012, the charity has 4 charity shops with a difference - they offer to buy your unwanted clothing (at 50 pence per kilo).
 
See our article on Cancer Relief UK - with IMAGES

Cancer Research and Genetics UK

  Charity:  Very small charity (under £10,000 income per year 2008-10).
Pontypridd, South Wales CF37 1EX.
www.CancerResearchGenetics.co.uk  
 
[BEWARE - don't confuse with the large, well-known charity called "Cancer Research UK"]
 
Commercial collection company:  Audosta Ltd.  See entry for Audosta Ltd.
Distributing bags in Outer London Sept 2011.
Includes questionable request for "jewellery and accessories".
 
BEWARE: Collecting illegally (unlicensed) in Surrey 2011: see Runnymede Council  
www.ThirdSector.co.uk: posted comment   =Criticism of this collector/charity (dated 31 May 2011).
 
June 2013: Torfaen Council (South Wales)   revoked the house-to-house collection licence they'd previously granted to Audosta Ltd / 'Cancer Research and Genetics UK'.
With one house-to-house collection, only £12.50 had been given to the charity.

Cancer Research UK
(National Exemption Order)

  Charity:  Large, highly respected.  They operate a large chain of charity shops. www.CancerResearchUK.org  
 
Company:  H2H clothing collections by ELT (a commercial company)

Care2Collect

  A large commercial clothing collection company, based in Manchester, NW England.  A member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA) and FRSB.  www.care2collect.com  
"The charity fundraising arm of I & G Cohen" - in other words they're a subsidiary - SEE I & G Cohen.
Their website has a "Bogus collectors guide" at 2011.
 
Collecting for 5 charities at Dec 2011 :
- Action for Children (formerly NCH)
- The Christie charity - an NHS cancer hospital in Manchester
- National Blind Children's Society (NBCS)
- South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF)
- World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)

Celaria Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 04352285.  Incorporated 14 Jan 2002.  London E13 9HL.
Company DISSOLVED 1 April 2003 (no accounts filed).
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 18 Dec 2002 - complaint upheld.
The complaint was by Enfield Trading Standards (North London).

ChildLine

  Charity:  www.childline.org.uk  Free telephone helpline for children/young people.  It was independent.  It became part of the NSPCC charity in 2006.
 
Clothing collections:  Until around 2006, these were carried out by Kettering Textiles Ltd

Children our Future

  Charity:  Reading (Berkshire).  www.childrenourfuture.org.uk   Small charity, (£10,000 annually), established 2001, helps children in Latvia (Eastern Europe).
 
Company:  Collections by Unicare Ltd (Leeds), trading as Retexa.
 
BEWARE: Aug & Nov 2010: "[collection] Licence revoked as amounts applied for charitable purposes are inadequate".  See www.tandridge.gov.uk  

Children's Aid Foundation

  Charity:  Hartlepool (Teesside, NE England).  Registered 17 June 2008. www.ChildrensAidFoundation.org.uk  
(Do not confuse with other charities with similar names.)
 
Companies:  Collections by Tauras Ltd at 2010 (co dissolved Oct 2011).
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of leaflet.
 
Clothing collections by Audosta Ltd at Oct 2011.
However, at Nov 2011, a warning notice on the charity's website states:
"Please note that after 19th Oct 2011, Audosta Ltd are no longer authorised to act on behalf of this charity in any capacity."  BEWARE
 
REMOVED from the Register of charities
20 Feb 2012 (ceased to exist)
- see the Charity Commission's website

The Children's Air Ambulance
(TCAA, CAA, CAAT)

  (a) 2005 to Dec 2011 (bad news)  :
 
An odd charity, established late 2005.
Based at 20 Western Road, Torquay, Devon (SW England).
 
It had a controversial, chequered history up to Dec 2011 - a sorry saga.
Eg see the report by the Charity Commission (8 Feb 2011)   criticising them - inefficiencies (wasted money), conflicts of interest, misleading information etc.
See:
This is Exeter  
Wikipedia...The_Children's_Air_Ambulance  
Penman and Sommerlad Investigate (PSI)   =Daily Mirror, 16 Feb 2011
 
Charity's website: www.ChildrensAirAmbulance.co.uk  
 
Clothing collections for "Children's Air Ambulance" were being done by Bollin Recycling (Cheshire) according to the licence issued in Sept 2011 by Bolton Council (Lancashire, NW England).
 
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(b) Dec 2011+ (good news) :
 
In Dec 2011, the charity 'teamed up with' [were taken over by]
(1) Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance charity (WNAA) and
(2) Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance charity (DLRAA)
- operating under the umbrella name: "The Air Ambulance Service" (TAAS).
This means that "The Children's Air Ambulance" is now properly run and reputable.
The charity's new website: www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk  
 
(Note: Don't confuse TAAS with "Air Ambulance Service" =AAS - a scam.)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Fund (CALF)

  A small, new charity.
Address: Old Bank Buildings, High Street, St Asaph, Clywd LL17 0RG (Wales).  Established 1st March 2011.  The phone number given is a mobile.
www.childrenscalf.com  
Their website includes a page headed "Fraud and theft related to house-to-house charity collections" (with a link to CharityBags.org.uk).
 
Collecting clothes - according to the website of the (unconnected)
'Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group' (CCLG)   (at Nov 2011)
Beware: don't confuse:
- Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Fund (CALF), and
- Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
  Note: CCLG don't collect clothes.
 
At Dec 2011, CALF's collector is Recycling and Management Services Ltd (of Cardiff, South Wales)

Children's Cancer Recovery Project

  Part of "Cancer Recovery Foundation - UK" (a charity).
In turn, part of an international charity, founded by Greg Anderson (USA).
Website: www.cancerrecovery.org.uk  
 
Clothing collection company (at May 2012):  UXT British Recycling Company (UK Export Trade Ltd) Unit B, 1A Chittening Estate, Worthy Road, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 0YB.  www.wix.com/ukexport/british-recycling  
£110 donated per tonne of clothes.
(The company also raises money for schools, paying £400 per tonne.)
(We assume 'UXT' stands for 'UK Export Trade')

Children's Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF)

  Charity:  Based at an NHS hospital in Leeds (West Yorkshire).  Reputable.
 
Clothing collection company:  E&C Export Ltd, until Nov 2008.
See Prosecution of E&C Export Ltd - May 2009 (the charity was blameless)

Children's Hearts Charity

  A very small charity, established Oct 2000.
Reg address: 85 Brockenhurst Avenue, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7RH.
"Helping Children with Congenital Heart Defects."
Most of the charity's trustees and advisory board appear to be Russian.  The charity mainly helps children in Russia.
www.childrenshearts.org.uk  
 
Collector :
SEE SOS Support Ltd
SEE Audosta Ltd (collecting at Oct 2011 and Feb 2012)
 
Beware - Audosta Ltd collected for them in Bolton (Lancashire) on 28 Feb 2012 - this was unlicensed.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with an IMAGE of the leaflet.

Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

  A large, reputable Scottish charity.  Head office: Edinburgh.  www.chas.org.uk  
"CHAS ... provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure."
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)

Children's Society
(National Exemption Order)

  A large, highly-respected charity - with 90 or so charity shops. www.ChildrensSociety.org.uk 

"Children's Support Society" (CSS)

  Non-existent, bogus.  Bags distributed in London & Hertfordshire, June 2010.
See: www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/8234672.woodford_green   (picture)

Children's Welfare Foundation (CWF) / Fortune International Ltd

  Charity (CWF):  Was reg charity no 1113250.  A controversial small charity, established Jan 2006.  Blackpool-based (NW England).
Disgraced charity.  CLOSED by the Charity Commission in Oct 2008.  See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2009/02   =PSI
 
Company:  Clothing collections were by Fortune International Ltd

The Christie charity

  A respected charity.  www.christie.nhs.uk/the-christie-charity.aspx  
'The Christie' is an NHS hospital (a cancer centre) in Manchester (NW England).
"[The charity] raises money to fund projects at The Christie which are outside the scope of the NHS.  Last year we raised nearly £13 million."
 
Their clothing collections are done by Care2Collect (I & G Cohen) at Dec 2011 (£50 per tonne).
Bolton Council (Lancashire) granted the charity a licence for 1st Oct 2011+.

Clothes4those In Need Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Collecting in Lauder, in the Scottish Borders in March 2012.  Our thanks to TS.
 
Companies House website lists a company called 'Clothes4Those In Need Ltd'.
Reg co no 07398312.  RO: 6 Hyehill Park, Kirklinton, Carlisle CA6 6BH (NW England).  Incorporated 6 Oct 2010.  'Mr D. Staugaitis'.  This is a Lithuanian name.

Clothes Aid 
[=Clothes Aid (Services) Ltd]

  A high-profile, commercial clothing collection company.
The company (taken together with its franchisees) is probably the largest clothing collector in the UK.
They're a reputable, trustworthy company - with an excellent record for obtaining collection licences.
Their status is unusual - they're a commercial franchise system.
So each local "branch" is a separate company.
See the Wikipedia page on franchising  
"The UK leading clothing collection agent fundraising for charity".
"Clothes Aid operates a Collection Protection department dedicated to protecting your clothing donations from theft or so-called bogus collectors."
 
Office: Unit 4NR, Leroy House, 436-438 Essex Road, London N1 3QP. 
www.ClothesAid.co.uk  
Commendably, they use a .co.uk (not an .org.uk) for their website suffix.
 
Most of their profits are passed onto the charity in whose name they collect.  They have partnerships with several charities.  At Dec 2011 these were (A-Z, a total of 8) :
- Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - London SW8
- Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) - Edinburgh
- Make-A-Wish Foundation - children (National Exemption Order)
- The Noah's Ark Appeal - Children's Hospital for Wales (Cardiff)
- NSPCC - children (National Exemption Order)
- Papworth Hospital Charity (PHC) - Cambridgeshire (East Anglia)
- Yorkshire Cancer Centre - Leeds (West Yorkshire, NW England)
- Zoe's Place - three hospices for babies: Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Coventry
 
- Macmillan Cancer Support (from Sept 2012)
 
In the past, Clothes Aid have collected for other charities, including :
- County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - NE England
- Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH) - Central London
- Sheffield Children's Hospital charity - South Yorkshire
 
See our page on Clothes Aid

"Clothes and UK Charities"

  Nov 2013: A bogus collector called "Clothes and UK Charities" was collecting in Surrey.  Surrey Police investigated.

Clothes Converters Ltd [CCL]

  A commercial clothes collection company.
Reg company no. 07609726.  Incorporated 19 April 2011.
SIC code: "46420 - Wholesale of clothing and footwear".
RO: Lymore Villa, 162A London Road, Chesterton, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 7JB (Staffordshire) [at July 2013].
Director: Angelo [or Angleo] Michael Pomelli.
 
At 21 July 2013 (CH): 'Accounts overdue - Proposal to strike off company' *
 
See CCL's job ads placed in Autumn 2011 for door-to-door collectors in the Midlands and NW England (see Careerjet, Gumtree and Vivastreet).  These state that they collect for Cancer Relief UK and the Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC).
It seems they haven't got a website (at Dec 2011).

'Clothes for Charity'

  At July 2014:
www.clothesforcharity.org.uk  
'Clothes for Charity' is the trading name of a commercial company (Rose Wild Ltd).
Note: Their web address is ".org.uk".  However, it's a 'for-profit' company. Website launched Sept 2013.  Trading address:
Rose Wild Ltd, Unit 2, Lockwood Way, Leeds LS11 5TQ (West Yorkshire).
 
"... we provide a secure, trackable way to donate clothes online to more than 100 good causes ... you nominate your charity, request a donation bag and arrange a collection [by UPS] or drop-off at a time and place that suits you"
They say they give £200 per tonne to your nominated charity.
Minimum weight of a filled bag: 15kg (33lb).
 
Note: At £200 per tonne, it means they'll pay £3 to your nominated charity for your 15kg of clothes.
However, if you take the same bag of clothes to a charity shop, the charity will get around £35 net proceeds - ie around 12 times as much.
For more on this, see the Charity shops versus house-to-house collections page.

 
Extract from www.letsrecycle.com   website:
15 Jan 2014 - "JT Textiles and Unicare have created a business called Rose Wild Ltd which trades under the name of 'Clothes for Charity'... The directors of the Cypriot-owned business are Tomas Kacinauskas and Olena Romanyshyna, who work for JT Textiles and Unicare respectively."
Tomas Kacinauskas is thought to be of Lithuanian origin.

Clothes Relief Ltd

  The company was called "PSS Support Ltd".  They changed their name to "Clothes Relief Ltd" on 24 Sept 2013.
 
A commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no: 05349536.  Company incorporated 1 Feb 2005.
At 2012: RO: 10 Grenville Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex, RM16 6BG.
 
'PSS Support' leaflets stated: "We support Disabled from birth organization ..."
or "We support Kaunas Disabled from Birth Care Association ... Lithuania".
Their leaflets are purporting to be charitable - so they need licences (1939 Act). 
 
At 3 July 2014:
Registered office: 9 Bickels Yard, 151 - 153 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3HA.
Website (at July 2014): www.clothesrelief.co.uk  
The map on their website gives their HQ (sorting depot) as Rainham, Essex RM13 8RH.
There appears to be no mention of which charities they're supporting.
 
Note - Don't confuse with a company called "Recycle Clothes Relief Ltd".

Clothing Collection Team Ltd

ASA A Scottish commercial clothes collection company.
RO: Midlothian EH22 4RY (Scotland).  Incorporated 16 Aug 2010.
 
03 April 2013: Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)  
ASA Complaint Ref: A12-216764.  Complaint not upheld.
Clothing bags from 'Clothing Collection Team Ltd' (a Scottish company) - a controversial verdict.
(In England & Wales, we feel they may have needed a house-to-house charitable collection licence.)

Clothing Collections International Ltd (CCI)

  A commercial clothes collection company.  Formed 2005.
Address: Newtownabbey (Northern Ireland).
Company website: www.redappledesign.net/cci/index.html  
At July 2013, it includes IMAGES of two collection leaflets.
 
Collecting for the following charities (at July 2013):
- ChildLine Northern Ireland (CLNI) (part of NSPCC)
- Fibromyalgia Support Northern Ireland (FMSNI)

Clothing Collections (UK) Ltd

  Company struck off and DISSOLVED 28 April 2009.  No accounts filed.
A defunct commercial clothes collector.  RO: London WC1N 3XX.
Company incorporated 23 May 2007.
Directors: Oleksii Kotyk and Egidijus Labanavicius.
Mr Labanavicius is/was also a director of Hand of Help UK Ltd, Fox Recycling Ltd and SortUK Textile Recycling Ltd.

ClothingTheWorld.com

  A commercial clothes collector.
Collecting in Galway (Republic of Ireland) in Jan 2008.  "Scam" collection.  Source: http://ocaoimh.ie/  

Clothman Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.  Lithuanian.
Company DISSOLVED April 2010. 
2010:  Fake collection bags alleging they were from 'Breakthrough Breast Cancer' had the "Clothman" name on them.

I & G Cohen

  A large commercial clothes collection company.  SEE entry under letter "I"

Collectors of the third world

  Collecting mid-2004.  See our leaflet page

College for International Co-operation and Development (CICD)

  "College's" website: www.cicd-volunteerinafrica.org  
Based in Winestead Hall, Winestead, Patrington, Hull HU12 0NP (East Yorkshire).
 
Collecting eg in 2005, 2008, 2009.  Controversial, unconventional.  Said to be potentially a cult or sect.
See Gaia Movement, Humana UK and Planet Aid entries in "clothing banks" section below.
& see www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/facethefacts/transcript_20080822.shtml   BEWARE
 
See our page on Planet Aid, Humana, Gaia etc

Combined Trading Services Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Reg co no 04815196.  Incorporated 30 June 2003.  Stockport, Cheshire SK1 3SU (NW England).
Company LIQUIDATED.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 23 Aug 2006, complaint partly upheld

Community Transport Ltd t/a Community Furniture Services

ASA Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Cotrado Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Reg co no 5545502.  Source: St Margarets, Twickenham   2006
Company incorporated Aug 2005.
Company DISSOLVED 28 Nov 2006.

County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

  Clothes Aid used to collect clothes for them

Cure Leukaemia

  A cancer charity "founded in 2003 to support an innovative Centre for Clinical Haematology at the University Hospital, Birmingham." www.cureleukaemia.co.uk  
 
At Dec 2011, collections were by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Cycle Aid [Ltd]

  A legitimate organisation - personal injury solicitors in Preston, Lancashire (NW England).  Supports cyclists seeking compensation following accidents.  No connection with clothing collections or charities.  www.cycleaid.co.uk  
 
Fake clothing collection leaflets using Cycle Aid's name appeared in Poole (Dorset, SW England) in 2006 (clothing for 3rd world).  See www.poole.gov.uk/news   =warning by trading standards

Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CF)
(National Exemption Order)

  A large charity:  www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk    Reg charity no 1079049.
 
Collections:
At 2011: By the Precycle Group.  "[Checkable] ID cards, liveried vans".  Square outer bag - red white and blue.  Contract ended 2013.
At July 2014, see our homepage for a warning re bogus bags.

2 July 2014: Start of 5-year contract with East London Textiles (ELT).
New design of bags - bright yellow colour, A5 size outer bag.
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D & P Textile Company Ltd (D & P Textiles)

  Company in liquidation at 2 July 2014.
 
A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
RO: c/o Harben Barker, 112 High St, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3BL.
Reg company no 03371973.  Co incorporated 16 May 1997.
Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
Premises: 40-48 Cheapside, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6AY.
"Exporters of recycled textiles".
www.dandptextile.co.uk  
At 2011 there's no mention on their website of charity collections.
 
Collecting for Troop Aid (charity) at 2011.
 
Note on Troop Aid website (Aug 2012):
"MP Global Trading Company (formerly D & P Textile Co. Limited)..."

D & V Clothes Collection Ltd (DVCC)

  Company DISSOLVED 10 Dec 2013
 
Incorporated 14 Jan 2010 as "D & V Clothes Collection Ltd" (=DVCC).
18 Jan 2011: Changed name to "Sunny Hope Ltd".
7 June 2012: Changed name to "UK Clothes Ltd".
 
A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Company:  Rainham (Essex) RM13 9DD (says their website), or Dagenham RM10 8PB? (Essex).
http://dvccltd.co.uk   - at 2010, the website included images of their leaflets, translated letters of thanks and a photo gallery (eg liveried vans)
 
Charity supported:  The company donated a minimum of £100/tonne to orphanages in the Ukraine, eg "Sunny World" www.sunnyworld.org.ua   (in Ukrainian)

DB Export Collection Services /
D B Exports Ltd ? /
etc

  DB Collections Ltd:  A commercial collection company.
Based in Wellingborough (Northamptonshire, East Midlands).
 
'DB Collections Ltd' was prosecuted 28 January 2011 by NW Leicestershire District Council (using the 1939 Act).
This related to a collection made on behalf of "the Air Ambulance Service" in June 2010.  We assume this was the company called "Air Ambulance Service" based in Bicester, Oxfordshire (a scam) - SEE
 
Please note - Google lists several companies with confusingly-similar names, including :
 
- D B Collections Ltd - of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 5AA
- DB Collections Ltd - presumably the same company
- DB Textile Collections Ltd - also of NN8 5AA - presumably the same company
We assume this is the company which was prosecuted on 28 Jan 2011.
 
- DB Collection Ltd - of 32 Cambridge Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1JF
  Company dissolved 17 Sept 2013
 
- DB Exports Ltd - Kettering, Northants (a member of the Textile Recycling Association) #
 
Clearly, some of these are different companies.
However, some are (1) inaccurate synonyms for the same organisations, or (2) "trading as" names.
You need to check with the 'Companies House' database to get the authoritative situation (including address and reg company number).
 
We assume the following organisation(s) don't do clothing collections :
- DB Apparel Ltd - manufacturers of underwear
 
Also, don't confuse these companies with names such as " D & P" and "D & V"

Do Not Delay!

  Lithuanian breast cancer "charity" project.  Controversial.
SEE Intersecond Ltd (and Azzara)

"Down's Syndrome Group"

  Non-existent "charity", using false charity number.  Scam collections.
Van has "Official Charity Collection" stencilled on sides.
 
Company:  UK Textile Enterprise Ltd, Birmingham, incorporated Oct 2009.
See http://menmedia.co.uk/ManchesterEveningNews   with video

Dragon Recycling Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.  Reg co no 04940767.  RO: 112 Hopkinstown Road, Pontypridd CF37 3PT (Cardiff, South Wales).
Incorporated 22 Oct 2003.
 
Company DISSOLVED 25 Jan 2011 (=5 weeks after the prosecution below).
 
Prosecuted c17 Dec 2010 by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council - trading standards (South Wales) for distributing bogus (fake) charity clothing collection bags with "The Noah’s Ark Appeal for Wales" [children's hospital] written on them.  See the "List of prosecutions" page.
 
Other (unconnected) companies with similar names:
- Dragon Recycling Solutions Ltd   - Hereford HR2 6BQ - eg metal recycling
- Green Dragon Recycling Ltd - Co Cork, Republic of Ireland
- Paper Dragon Recycling - a US company (in Wixom MI)

DR Bags Company Ltd

  As at Aug 2013:
A commercial clothes collection company.
Company run by David Rawlinson (=DR) (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire).
 
Collecting clothes for 'MS Mutual Support' - a charity for 'military personnel affected by multiple sclerosis' (MS) - of Cambridgeshire.
 
1.  Around 1 June 2013, collecting clothes in Sheffield (S Yorkshire), without a licence.  BEWARE.
The bag had a Union Jack flag and stated: 'Helping our soldiers'.
See article in The Star   a Sheffield newspaper (with IMAGE of bag).
 
2.  Collecting clothes on 5 Aug 2013 in Bolton (Lancashire) - again apparently without a licence.  (our thanks to NR)`

Dreams Come True (DCTC)

  At 2011: A charity for sick children.  Address: Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7DW. www.dctc.org.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Byronswell Ltd, Spring 2011+
BEWARE - Some collections are unlicensed at early 2012.

The Drops of Help Ltd (TDOH)

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.  Reg co no 07121674.
17 Chichester Close, Beckton, London E6 5QJ.  (A location map is on their website.)  This appears to be a residential cul-de-sac.
Website: www.tdoh.org.uk   Note their use of ".org.uk" suffix.
Co incorporated 11 Jan 2010 "to help and support poor families (especially children), around the globe who cannot afford to buy clothes for themselves."
The status of the co is unusual and intriguing:  The co "is a not-for-profit organisation" says their website.  They use "employees and volunteers alike."
"Company Manager: Mrs Asta Puziene".  Google shows this name is common in Lithuania.
 

 
1. Company prosecuted by Kent County Trading Standards (21 Dec 2012)
 
2. COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION as a result of an investigation by Company Investigations (part of the Insolvency Service) 16 Jan 2013, The Official Receiver, London.
In other words, the company has been closed down (dissolved).
 
Despite this, as at 14 July 2013, their website is still active - and we can't see any mention on it of the fact that they've been closed down.  BEWARE.`
 
See our page: List of prosecutions of collectors (3 entries on the company)
 
See our page: Selected list of collectors for IMAGES of their bags & leaflets
 
"Nowhere to hide for bogus charities as Kent cracks down on fraudsters"  
Press release by Kent County Council Trading Standards - 16 Jan 2013 (.doc file)
 
"Scam charity shut down for profiting from donations meant for orphans"  
Press release by Company Investigations (Insolvency Service, BIS) (.pdf file)
Web page version of the above:  "Scam charity shut down ..."  
 
"Kent fake charity closed down"   video and article
Item on BBC News Kent website - 17 Jan 2013.
The organisers (a Lithuanian man and his wife, Mrs Puziene) were prosecuted.
 
"Despicable - that's the latest Lithuanian charity clothing scam"  
Article by 'Penman & Sommerlad Investigate' (Daily Mirror website) 17 Jan 2013
 
News article on the "Third Sector magazine"   website dated 18 Jan 2013:
"Drops of Help Limited, a fake charity that conned Kent residents, has been forced to close down after it was discovered to be a limited company that made tens of thousands of pounds without donating a penny to good causes."
 

 
Bags: Pictures of their bags were on their website at Nov 2011.
The quaint wording on the bag stated: "The drop of help in your hands will support the poor families, orphans and asylums. Help them today, not tomorrow..."
The wording clearly purports to be 'charitable, benevolent or philanthropic', so they definitely need licences (see the House to House Collections Act 1939).
The fact that they're not a charity is irrelevant.
 
BEWARE - Collecting without a licence, according to Tandridge Council   (Surrey, 2010)  Also see:
www.EastDulwichForum.co.uk/forum/  
MoneySavingExpert forum   June 2011 - lots of intelligent comments
Alan Stanton on Flickr   June 2011 - with a nice image of their leaflet
E    

E&C Export Ltd

  A commercial clothes collection company.
Company:  RO (at 2011): 115 Fanshawe Crescent, Dagenham, Essex RM9 5DS.  Company incorporated 17 Dec 2007.  www.ecexport.com  

Collecting for the following charities :
(1) Children's Heart Surgery Fund (Leeds, NW England) until Nov 2008.
(2) 'Second Chance' (Portsmouth, Hampshire) Autumn 2009+.
 
BEWARE: Company prosecuted May 2009 by Cardiff Council Licensing Dept, South Wales (using the House to House Collections Act 1939).
 
Also, the company was collecting illegally at October 2009.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of an E&C leaflet.

E&N Textiles Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
 
Co incorporated 14 Dec 2010.  Director: Evaldas Guoga [Lithuanian/Russian].  Registered company address (in Birmingham) was the same as AAR and Air Ambulance Support CIC.  E&N ran the collections for "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS, a scam) mid-2011+.
Regd office at 27 Nov 2011: 568 Moseley Road, Moseley, Birmingham B12 9AA
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 19 Oct 2011, complaint upheld (misleading ad).  Complaint ref: A11-162285
 
This company (and Air Ambulance Recycling Ltd) were wound up (closed down) in the High Court, London on 22 May 2012 - by 'Company Investigations' (part of the government's Insolvency Service).  They were seen as not acting in the public interest.
For details, see the entry above for Air Ambulance Recycling Ltd

East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity (EAAA) /
World UK Trading Ltd

  EAAA is a charity:  Based at Norwich Airport (Norfolk) www.AngliaOne.org.uk  
 
Their clothing collections are done by a commercial company (World UK Trading Ltd):  Hinwick, Northamptonshire NN29 7JQ, "sole appointed agent" for EAAA.
Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).

East London Textiles Ltd (ELT)

  A large commercial clothes collection company.
Main depot in Essex.  15 satellite collection units.
www.east-london-textiles.com  
Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
 
At 2012, the company collects for :
- Cancer Research UK (National Exemption Order)
- etc
 
Info on their website at July 2013:
Collecting clothes H2H for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
"As of 31st December 2012, we are no-longer making any collections for Little Treasure's Childrens Trust"
 
They began collecting for Cystic Fibrosis Trust on 2 July 2014 (National Exemption Order) - new-style bags (yellow).

ECO Saviour UK /
Limitless FS Ltd

  ECO Saviour UK (Charity):  Reg charity no 1138318.  107 Chobham Road, Stratford, London E15 1LX.
www.ecosaviour.com   Alleviates poverty, especially in South Asia (Bangladesh), especially safe water and sanitation.
 
Collections by:  Limitless FS Ltd, reg co no 07676814.  Co incorporated 21 June 2011.
RO:  2nd floor, 134 South Street, Romford, Essex RM1 1TE.
Described as a "non profit company" on ECO's website.
"Limitless FS" stands for "Limitless Fundraising Solutions".
www.limitlessfs.com   The co also works with "Painted Children" (a charity).
See Rotherham Council report (PDF)   xx#

Ecotex Collection Ltd

  A commercial clothes collector.
Third world collection.
Using a company number of a DISSOLVED firm.
Councils have issued warnings about them.
 
Don't confuse with Ecotex Ltd of Batley, West Yorkshire (a member of the Textile Recycling Association)

E.S.T. & Partners Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Reg co no 6841131.  London N15.
Company DISSOLVED 19 Oct 2010.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 28 July 2010, complaint upheld

European Childrens Help Organisation (E.C.H.O.)

  A small charity.  Established 18 Sept 1996.  Based in Hartlepool (NE England).
Helps children in Romania.  At July 2014, we can't find any website for them.
 
An article on the charity (Hartlepool Mail):
www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/local/carlton-camp-romanian-style-1-1025736  
 
At July 2014, conducting house-to-house collections (our thanks to AP).

Europe Family Links (EFL)

ASA Company DISSOLVED 8 July 2014.
 
A defunct clothes collection company.  Was it commercial or not-for-profit ?
 
Company incorporated 13 June 2007.  Reg co no 06277821.
RO: 9 Barn Rise, Wembley, Middlesex (West London) HA9 9NA.
Company type:  PRI/LBG/NSC.
Unusual: Co limited by guarantee (LBG).  Use of "Limited" exemption (as per AAS).
Company "supporting disabled children, young people, ex-soldiers and families in need."  Website unfinished at Nov 2011: http://europefamilylinks.co.uk/  
Website says it's a "non profit company specialising in exporting second-hand clothes."
 
Beware - Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 27 Feb 2008 (complaint by Northamptonshire Trading Standards, complaint upheld)

Europe Suppliers Ltd /
European Suppliers Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Reg co no 5401427.  Incorporated March 2005.
Company DISSOLVED June 2007.
Sources: St Margarets   and Daily Mirror: Penman & Sommerlad Investigate (PSI)   

Evergreen Trust

  A charity - based in Brixton Hill, London SW2.  It funds projects in Africa.
www.EvergreenTrust.org
  
Clothes go to their four charity shops (in the Brixton area of inner London).
Apparently they do the collections themselves.
 
BEWARE: Some of their collections have been unlicensed.
F    

Fire Fighters Charity (FFC)

  Charity:  www.firefighterscharity.org.uk  
Controversial (eg high salaries of senior staff) :     `
www.civilsociety.co.uk/...website_attacks_directors_salaries...   1 Dec 2010
https://sites.google.com/site/ItsOurBenFund   =grass-roots campaign
 
At March 2011:  House-to-house clothing collections by seven companies
- including Tom W Beaumont Ltd (donating £100 per tonne of clothes).
Note: £100 is an unusually high (but welcome) figure.
 
See: www.darlington.gov.uk/.../Licensing.../Oct-06-2009...  
=3-page report for Darlington Council's Licensing Committee 6 Oct 2009 (PDF)

Fortune International Ltd (FIL)

  A controversial commercial clothing collection company.
Based in Bedford MK41 0EP.  Incorporated 13 July 2000.
SIC: "Agents in textiles, footwear etc".  Run by Tushar Vyas.  Member of Textile Recycling Association (TRA).  Also runs textile banks.  www.Fortuneeximports.com  
SEE Children's Welfare Foundation, and Orphan & Community Aid

Fox Recycling Ltd

  At July 2014:
A commercial clothes recycling company.
Incorporated 13 Sept 2011.
Director: Egidijus Labanavicius (he was also a director of 'Hand of Help UK Ltd').
Company's address given on their website:
The Old Star, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AA
This is the same address as 'Hand of Help UK Ltd' (company dissolved, company prosecuted for conducting unlicensed collections).
www.foxrecycling.co.uk  
 
At July 2014, collecting clothes for a charity called "A Smile For a Child". www.asmileforachild.org  
G    

General L & A Wardship Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Company:  Incorporated 10 June 2005.  Based in Ilford (Essex).
Company DISSOLVED 14 April 2009.
Source: http://newpics.org/david/ClothingCollectionScams.aspx  

Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Air Ambulance

  Non-existent charity.  Bogus, fraudulent.  They started collecting mid March 2012.
Their bags refer (incorrectly) to 'WNAA' and 'D B Collections Ltd'.
See our page on Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Air Ambulance.

Golden Tree Union Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Company:  Incorporated 1 June 2001.  Wembley HA9 8LJ (NW London).
Company DISSOLVED 5 Aug 2003.
For Eastern Europe.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 12 Dec 2001, complaint upheld.

Goldfish Textile Recycle Ltd

  At Dec 2011:
A commercial clothing collection company.  Incorp 30 April 2009.  RO (Dec 2011): 9 The Paddocks, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1ER.
SIC: 3720 - Recycling non-metal waste & scrap.
Directors: Mr Denes Kiss, Mr Balazs Slezak (Hungarian?).
An older record shows address as:
25 Brunswick Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 0HF.
www.textilerecycleltd.co.uk  Website not available at 26 Dec 2011.  Site's registrant: Balazs Slezak (Kilburn, London NW6 7AN).
 
Collecting for Megan Baker House charity (Herefordshire) at Dec 2011.
Granted a collection licence by Bedford Borough Council for late May 2011.

Gotham

  A bogus commercial clothes collector.
Featured on BBC1 Watchdog programme 20 Nov 2002.
See Wolverhampton TSD  press release.  See our newspaper article page

Great North Air Ambulance Trading Company Ltd (GNAA)

  The company:  They're owned by GNAAS (a charity).
Collects recyclable waste from businesses (for a fee) =unusual
 
Partner-charity:  All profits go to Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS)

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH, GOSHCC)

  World-famous charity:  Central London. www.gosh.org  
 
Company:  Clothes Aid collected for them until 2008

Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA)

  A respected AA charity for the Bristol area (SW England).
Office: Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. www.greatwesternairambulance.com  
They also have clothing banks - via Melvyn’s Trust, a partner charity.
 
At Dec 2011, their house-to-house clothing collections were conducted by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Green Valley Clothing Ltd
t/a G. V. Clothing

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 4333357.  Neasden, London NW10 0AF.
Company DISSOLVED Aug 2004.
They exported clothes to Lithuania (Eastern Europe).
Nicholas Rees (prosecuted, see below) was their company secretary until Nov 2002.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 4 June 2003 (complaint by the Charity Commission etc, complaint upheld)

GT Recycling Initiatives Ltd (GT)

ASA A large commercial recycling company.
Based in Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) www.gt-recycling.com  
Company director and founder: William Souvatzoglou.
They collect clothes and an unusually wide range of other materials.
They recycle textiles, books, bric-a-brac and mobile phones (at 2011).
At 2011, they give £100 per tonne of clothes to their partner-charities (an unusually high figure).
 
Partner Charities:  GT collects for several charities including:
- The James Hopkins Trust (for special children, Gloucester)
- Cancer Relief UK (Chesterfield, Derbyshire) early 2012+
 
GT used to collect for The PACE Centre (a cerebral palsy charity in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire).  However, this arrangement ceased around Dec 2010.
 
GT were refused a licence by Runnymede Borough Council (Surrey)   in 2011.
 
Bags: Odd, vague wording (2011): "Supporting charities like xxx".  In our view, the bags should either:
- specify only one charity, or
- list all the charities benefiting and specify what percentage each gets (analogous to some charity Christmas cards)
 
Some collections by GT Recycling have been unlicensed.
The company were warned of this in 2010 - by Stockport Council (Manchester) and Thames Valley Police (Buckinghamshire).
 
Prosecuted 20 July 2011 by NW Leicestershire District Council (using the 1939 Act).
 
Prosecuted 21 May 2012 by Hertfordshire Trading Standards (using the Consumer Protection Regulations).
See the "List of prosecutions" page.
 
Collecting for 'Cancer Relief UK' without a licence at Sept 2012. 
The bags have to state what sum is donated to the charity, but this information was not given.
 
12 June 2013: Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Complaint upheld - GT's bags (for "Kids 'n' Cancer UK" charity) were judged to be misleading.`
H    

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity (HIOWAA)

  A respected local air ambulance charity.
 
Clothing collections by Bag It Up Ltd (of Halifax, West Yorkshire)

Hand Collection Service Limited

  A commercial clothes collection company.
Based in Dublin (Ireland).  Collecting 2006 in the Republic of Ireland.  See www.boards.ie/vbulletin  

The Hand of Help Ltd (THOH)
[unconnected to entry below]

ASA ASA A commercial clothes collection company.  Controversial.
 
Registered office:  Forest House, 8 Gainsborough Road, London E11 1HT.
Co reg no 05618823.  Company incorporated 10 Nov 2005.
Co's SIC: "Wholesale of clothing and footwear".  They appear to be run by Lithuanians.
www.thehandofhelp.co.uk    Collecting mid-2009.
 
Charities supported by them:
 
The co supports "Disabled from Birth Care Association" / Kaunas (Lithuania).
 
At Dec 2011, the company's website says they previously donated to:
- Unicef LT (LT=Lithuania) - 3x £1,000 (Oct and Dec 2009, March 2010)
- Unicef UK - 1x £1,000 (24 June 2009)`
 
At Dec 2011, the company's website says they are currently donating to:
- Megan Baker House (£500 every month or so)`
- The Guide Dogs (£500 every month or so)`
 
At 1st Dec 2011, notes on their website say :
"[Our company] ... fully complies with UK legislation."
"PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE The Hand of Help LTD with Hand of Help UK LTD"
"We do not have any formal agreements with any charity organizations."
"We do not refer to any charity in order to boost our profit."
These last two comments are intriguing.
 
Beware:
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 1 July 2009 (complaint by Clothes Aid, upheld in part).
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2 Feb 2011, complaints upheld (ASA ref 141576).

Hand of Help UK Ltd
[unconnected to entry above]

  Company DISSOLVED 10 June 2014 - Compulsory liquidation by the Official Receiver (OR).
 
A commercial clothing collection company.  Controversial.
Company:  Reg co no 06320334.  Incorporated 23 July 2007.
RO (at 2011): Floor 5, no 2, Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4AP.
RO (at 2 July 2014): 117 Harrow Road, Leicester LE3 0JZ.
SIC: "38110 - Collection of non-hazardous waste".
www.handofhelp.co.uk  
At 2 July 2014, the website gives their company's address as:
The Old Star, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AA.
 
At 2 July 2014, Nominet's WHOIS gives the website's Registrant as Egidijus Labanavicius (of Castleford WF10 5TJ, West Yorkshire).  He's Lithuanian.
He's a director of Fox Recycling Ltd (address: Princes Risborough, as above).
 
Company Prosecuted 24 May 2011 by NW Leicestershire District Council for carrying out an unlicensed charitable collection (for Two Sisters - in Zambia).  The defendant pleaded guilty.
Prosecuted 11 Nov 2011 by the same Council for five further offences under the 1939 Act.
 
Charities supported:  The company donated to "NGO-Hand of Help Cambodia"
www.ngo-handofhelp.org
   [re snake bites]
The company was collecting for "Two Sisters" (Africa) at 2010.

Help Aid Now

  A commercial clothing collector.
Misleading leaflet, giving the impression of being charitable.  At August 2011: collecting in London W9.`

Help and Support Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 1 June 2006.
Company DISSOLVED 3 March 2009.
Company based in Gravesend (NW Kent).  Lithuanian.
Similar wording to "A & P" leaflets.
See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations  

Help & Trust Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 24 Aug 2005.
Company DISSOLVED 6 Aug 2008.  No accounts filed.
RO: Top flat, 2 Birch Road, Gravesend [NW Kent] DA11 9NG.
 
Collecting in Bromley (SE London/Kent) etc - see:
www.btinternet.com/~graham.wootten/Poverest/news.htm  
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=296820  2006

Help Sick Children

  A small, new charity - reg no: 1137741.  Registered 2 Sept 2010.
Address: 22 Ryland Close, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 4QH (=West London).
This is a terraced house (in the London Borough of Hounslow).
Three Trustees: Mr Josif Segen, Mrs Valentina Segen, Audrius Barcauskas.
There appear to be Lithuanian connections.
http://HelpSickChildren.co.uk  
At March 2011, their website had only one page (the homepage).
So far, there's no indication of what money they've raised or who they've given grants to.
The charity is also a company - limited by guarantee - No 07255768.
 
Collecting clothes house-to-house in Pinner (Harrow, Middlesex, NW London) around 29 Jan 2011, apparently without a licence.  (Pinner is 5 miles north of Feltham.)
 
See www.EastleighNews.org.uk/news/2010/11/19/charity-bag-warning/  
- article dated 19 Nov 2010, headed "Charity bag warning".
The collection was unlicensed.
 
See www.Runnymede.gov.uk/.../licensing/.../   =Surrey
- At April 2011, Runnymede Council's "Public Charitable Collections" page noted that "Help Sick Children" had been collecting illegally in the Borough.
 
Note: A company called "Maksmery Ltd" (co no 7078575) was registered at the same address as this charity.
Maksmery Ltd was dissolved on 14 Sept 2010 (no accounts filed).
Other websites describe Maksmery's activities as: (a) men's clothing, (b) second-hand clothes, shoes & donations for European export.

Help (UK) [Ltd] /
H-e-l-p (UK) Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
"[co] Reg no 06566494.  Helping the poor Working for humanity"
Incorporated 15 April 2008.  Collecting in Leicester's Muslim areas in Sept 2009.
Reg Office: 59 Glapton Road, Meadows, Nottingham NG2 2FF.
Company DISSOLVED (struck off) 24 Nov 2009.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of leaflet.

Helping Arms Ltd
Helping Arms Ltd /
Rogaile Ltd

ASA ASA ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Helping Arms Ltd "No 5995054".
Company DISSOLVED 2 June 2009.
Registered office:  Tottenham Court Road (London W).
"Co no 5583979" "kindly donate..." "Please help those who really need your support" Blue inner & outer bags, Sept 2008.  Controversial.
 
Adjudications by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA):
 11 July 2007 (complaint by Buckinghamshire TSD), complaint partly upheld.
 18 Nov 2009, complaint not upheld.
 16 June 2010, complaint partly upheld (10 complaints).
 
Company address:  Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PD, Rogaile Ltd
"Objects: To support medical organizations in the UK"
Says "Supports University College London Hospital" (UCLH)
But the hospital disowns them.  www.helpingarms.co.uk  
BEWARE
 
SEE ALSO Rogaile Ltd
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Helping Arms Ltd: Reg co no 7119680 (new).  Incorporated 8 Jan 2010.
Company type:  PRI/limited by guarantee/NSC

Helpline UK Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
This appears to be "Help Line UK Ltd":  London E15.
Company DISSOLVED 18 May 2004.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).`

Helpmates Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 13 April 2006.  Reg co no 05780892.
Reg office (at c2011): 48 Petworth Way, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4LR.
Reg office (at 5 July 2014): 9 Park Lane, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1BB.
"Nature of business (SIC): 46420 - Wholesale of clothing and footwear."
 
Commercial collector.  Potentially misleading leaflets, using word "donate".
 
(There's also a company called Helpmates Ltd of Hampshire, dissolved 29 Nov 2005.)

H K & Associates Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
London NW2.
Company DISSOLVED 25 Nov 2003.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
H.K.L Charity - supported by Kosta Ltd [see below]   Non-existent Lithuanian organisation.

Human Care Hands Foundation (HCHF)

  Charity.  Established 21 May 2008.
"Human Care (UK) Foundation" until 28 Dec 2008.
Offices in 109 Turnpike Lane, Wood Green, London N8 0DU - and a branch in Pakistan.
Helps the flood victims in Pakistan.
www.hchfoundation.org   and  www.hchfoundation.co.uk  
I    

I & G Cohen Ltd
('Care2Collect' is a subsidiary)

  A large commercial textile-recycling company.
Reg company no: 00641385.  Incorporated 6 Nov 1959.
A member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).  "Textile recyclers and exporters."  They run kerbside textile collections, local council textile banks and school textile collection schemes.
 
Address: Bazaar Street, Pendleton, Salford, Manchester M6 6GS (NW England).  www.igcohen.com  
 
Care2Collect is a subsidiary company - they focus on charity collections
eg National Blind Children's Society (NBCS) - see Care2Collect

International Children Support

  Collecting in Brookmans Park (Hertfordshire) on 12 Aug 2006.  Bogus?
See www.brookmans.com/forum  

International Clothing Collections Ltd (ICC Ltd)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Based in Belfast (Northern Ireland).  www.iccltd.org  
Liveried vans.  Also, they operate clothing banks.

Partner-charities (at 2010):  Helping Hands, War on Want (NI), RC&SAC.

Intersecond Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.  Incorporated 17 Feb 2006.
Premises in Tilbury RM18 7HG (Essex) and Newry, Co Down BT35 6BE (Northern Ireland).
Director: Mr Raimondas Biguzas.  We understand the company is run by Lithuanians.
Their website states they are a corporate member of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF).  Like several other companies, they give only £50 per tonne to partner-charities.  www.intersecond.com  
 
Charities:  Intersecond Ltd say they donate to Azzara - a Lithuanian breast cancer organisation based in Lithuania (Eastern Europe) and its 'Do Not Delay!' project.  Controversial.
See our page on Intersecond Ltd.
 
At Oct 2011, Intersecond Ltd is also collecting for 'Mercy Ships' charity.
 
BEWARE
- Some of the company's collections have been unlicensed - eg see links to articles below.
 
Runnymede Borough Council (Surrey)   have refused to grant a licence to the company.  The Council's website (at Dec 2011) says that Intersecond/Do Not Delay have collected illegally in the Council's area.
 
See :
Penman & Sommerlad Investigate (PSI)   - Daily Mirror - eg 28 Jan 2010 article headed "Bin this breast cancer appeal".
Staffordshire Newsletter   24 Sept 2009 - unlicensed collection by Intersecond Ltd/Do Not Delay.
Swindon Advertiser (Wiltshire)   27 Oct 2009 - headed "Warning over bogus charity collection".  Warning by Swindon Council's trading standards dept about unlicensed collections by Intersecond Ltd/Do Not Delay.
Lancashire Evening Post   23 Feb 2010 - headed "Breast cancer survivor slams doorstep clothing collection for charity" =criticism of Intersecond Ltd.
This is Lincolnshire   29 April 2010 - warning about Intersecond Ltd/Azzara.
Watford Observer (Hertfordshire)  5 Aug 2010 - Warning from Hertsmere Borough Council (Licensing) about illegal clothes collections by Intersecond.
Truro People (Cornwall)   21 Oct 2010 - Warning about Intersecond/Do Not Delay.
South Wales Argus   29 Oct 2010 - headed "Licence bid turned down" - Torfaen Council refuses licence application by Intersecond Ltd/Azzara.
Dorking Advertiser (Surrey)   26 Aug 2011 - criticisms of Intersecond Ltd by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity.
Liverpool Echo   4 Nov 2011 - headed " Make sure you read the small print on these doorstep charity bags" - criticisms of Intersecond Ltd/Do Not Delay.
Criticisms of illegal collections in Cornwall by Intersecond Ltd - by an MP in the House of Commons (Parliament, Westminster)   13 Oct 2010.
Tandridge District Council Licensing (Surrey)   at Jan 2012 - warning of unauthorised collection by Intersecond Ltd/Mercy Ships.

Irish Cancer Society (ICS)

  www.cancer.ie    Genuine charity, 19 charity shops.  Collecting in Republic of Ireland.  Source: http://ocaoimh.ie  

Island of Hope Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 26 March 2004.
Registered office: Forest House, 8 Gainsborough Road, London E11 1HT.
Same registered office as Hand of Help.
Company DISSOLVED 2 Dec 2008.
Lithuanian, "Third world clothing collection"
Source: eg http://newpics.org/david/LetterboxSpam3In3d.aspx  
J    

James Hopkins Trust (JHT)

  A charity.  Established 1990.  Office (at Dec 2011):
Kite’s Corner, North Upton Lane, Gloucester, GL4 3TR (SW England).
"Provides practical help for severely disabled, life threatened and life limited young children with nursing needs, aged 5 years and under, living in Gloucestershire."
So far, we can't see anything on their website about clothing collections.
www.jameshopkinstrust.org.uk  
 
Their clothing collector is GT Recycling Ltd (at Dec 2011).
 
Beware - Some of their collections are unlicensed

For Japan [earthquake]
 
Vaidaura Ltd

  Collecting in Bath (Avon, SW England) 10 May 2011, Mickleover (Derby) and Reading (Berkshire).
Leaflet: "Our new project needs your support for Japan"
"Support for countries affected by natural disasters"
Company reg no 07430453.  A mobile telephone number is given.
The company is Vaidaura Ltd.  Company incorporated 5 Nov 2010.
RO: Unit 2 Denmark Opening, Sprowston Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 4JG.
At Sept (and Nov) 2011: "Company status: Active - Proposal to Strike off".
Company DISSOLVED (Vaidaura Ltd) 13 Dec 2011 (no accounts filed).
So the company lasted only 13 months.
The collections were unlicensed and appeared to be bogus.
See www.mickleoverpeople.co.uk/news/...   includes photo of bag
www.getReading.co.uk/news/..._japan_relief_bags_collection_warning  

Jenda UK Ltd,
Jenda Collection Services, Jenda Collections

ASA A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Jenda UK Ltd:  Fitzwilliam Ho, Station Road, Irthlingborough Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5QF. www.jendacollections.co.uk  
"Jenda was incorporated in 2004 by Dave and Jenny Colesellhill and exports quality used clothing mostly to eastern Europe."
Apparently, the company name was derived from Jen[ny]+Da[ve] =Jenda.
 
At Nov 2011, website has a "Cash for Clothes" scheme (40p per kilo, ie £400 per tonne) - including collecting from your home.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) around 2004.`

JT Textiles Ltd [JTT]

  A commercial clothing collection company.  Details as at Dec 2012.
They do house-to-house collections and cash-for-clothes.
 
Address:  Unit 2, Lockwood Way, Beeston, Leeds LS11 5TQ (West Yorkshire)
Past and present directors:
Tomas Kacinaukas, Mrs Jolanta Labanavice (both are Lithuanian)
www.jttextiles.co.uk  
 
According to their website (and Facebook) they collect for 10 charities :
- Anthony Nolan
- Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities
- Cure Leukaemia
- Dreams Come True
- Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA)
- Kidney Research UK (KRUK)
- Lifeboats (RNLI)
- Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA)
- Scottish Cancer Support
- WWF
 
JTT say they work in conjunction with Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  The list of charities above is more or less the same as those on the LCRSL website.
Update: The company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Julytex Ltd

  Company DISSOLVED 26 Feb 2013.  No accounts filed.
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
At Feb 2012:  Reg co no 7706307.  Company incorporated 15 July 2011.
Co status: Private, limited by guarantee, no share capital.  [an unusual status]
Director: Audrius Burneika (born 1990).  He appears to be Lithuanian.
Reg office: 45 Reansway Square, Wolverhampton WV6 0EY (West Midlands).
This is a semi-detached house in a suburban street.
 
Collecting in Great Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire in Feb 2012.
The leaflet was a self-adhesive label - this is very unusual outside of Ireland.
Label says: "We help poor families and orphan children in Eastern Europe."
"We support Children's Foster Home."
See also our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of their labels.
(Our thanks to JH.)
 
Beware The collections purported to be charitable - so they needed a licence from the local district council.  However, they hadn't got a licence.`
 
We assume they have no connection with Julytex (AKA 'July Textiles') of Hampshire - an ebay online craft shop - see www.Julytextilesandcrafts.co.uk  

Just Help Foundation

  A small charity - Reg charity no 1118667.
Helps Bangladeshi people in the UK and Bangladesh.
 
Some collections unlicensed (illegal).
See our web page on Just Help Foundation
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Kaunas Disabled from Birth Care Association [Lithuania] (sometimes described as "Disabled from Birth organization" on the leaflets)

  Alleged beneficiary of collections made by PSS Support Ltd

Kettering Textiles Ltd (Kettex, KT, KTL)

  A large commercial clothing collection company.
 
Based in Wellingborough & Kettering (Northamptonshire)  www.kettex.com  
 
Partner-charities:  Works with the Salvation Army (SA / SATCOL).
(KTL used to collect for the ChildLine charity.  SEE ChildLine.)

Kidney Research UK
(KRUK)

(National Exemption Order)

  A large, respected health charity:  www.KidneyResearchUK.org  
 
At Dec 2011, their collections were done by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Kosta Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company DISSOLVED 25 Nov 2003.  Bogus.  See www.stirling.gov.uk...news...2006  
See also: H.K.L Charity (Lithuania); our newspaper article page
& see Nicholas Rees (prosecution in 2004).
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 26 March 2003, complaint upheld.

Kraslava Services Seven Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 04899445.  Company incorporated 15 Sept 2003.  London E17 8JN.
Company DISSOLVED 13 Sept 2005.  No accounts filed.
Note: Kraslava is a town in Latvia (Eastern Europe - Baltic).
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 21 July 2004, complaint upheld.
Complaints from the Charity Commission, London Borough of Harrow Trading Standards and an individual.
"Third world clothing appeal ... to help clothe the poor"
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Lairatex Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.  Run by Lithuanians.
Company incorporated 6 Feb 2006.  Address: Walthamstow, London E17.
Company DISSOLVED 15 Sept 2009.
Collecting in Glasgow (Scotland) 2008.

Last Hope Ltd

  Company DISSOLVED8 July 2014.
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.  Controversial.
 
At July 2013:
 
Reg Company no:  08000826.  Co incorporated 21 March 2012.
Registered office:  15 Aberporth Drive, Lincoln LN6 0YS
Director: Dainius Strelciunas, Year of birth: 1974, Director ID: 916773855
(He was a director of Strel Ltd 2008-2009 - company dissolved 2009)
It appears he's Lithuanian.
 
Contact address on their website:  84 Burrow Road, Chigwell, London IG7 4HB
www.lasthopeltd.co.uk  
At 18 July 2013, the website's Registrant was 'dainius strelciunas'
Registrant type: 'UK Individual'.  This is incorrect.
 
Co purporting to be donating to "Blood cancer: Leukaemia and Lymphoma".
 
The information on their website is unusual.  They say they don't give money to charities - they give it direct to the needy.  They may be genuine, but we feel the information they give so far is too vague - we're sceptical of their claims.  They definitely need charitable house-to-house collection licences from councils (under the 1939 Act) - do they obtain them?
We guess that a council licensing or trading standards department will be scrutinising the company soon.
 
See article on the 'Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research' charity's Facebook page   - they say have no connection with 'Last Hope Ltd'
 
See article in 'The Huddersfield Daily Examiner'   (dated 3 May 2013) (.txt file)
- headed: "Concern over Last Hope ‘charity’ style collection bags"
"... Last Hope’s spokesperson denied they needed a licence."
Kirklees Council's Licensing Department is investigating.`

LDK Ltd  
 
 
 
 
 
 
LDK Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Co incorporated 2002.  Registered office: Harley Street, London W1N 1DA.
Company DISSOLVED 13 Jan 2004.
 
London N22 6HU (=address given on the ASA's website).
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 8 Oct 2003, complaints upheld (one via Essex Trading Standards).
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Co incorporated 28 Feb 2007 - an advertising company, based in Manchester (NW England).  We assume they've re-used the company name - and we assume they have no connection with the clothing collection company above.

Lenrec Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Website:  www.lenrec.ie    Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland.  Collecting in Republic of Ireland Sept 2010.  Source: www.AskAboutMoney.com  
 
Collecting for charities - eg Susie Long Hospice Fund.

Lifeboats   (=RNLI)
(National Exemption Order)

  Charity.  SEE Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Lifosa Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Leeds (West Yorkshire).  (Re-)established 2006.  Chequered history. 
Company DISSOLVED 29 June 2010.
Renamed Unicare Ltd 14 April 2009.  SEE Unicare Ltd

Limitless FS Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
RO: Regus House Victory Way, Admirals Park, Dartford, Kent DA2 6QD
Company No. 07676814.  Incorporated 21 June 2011.
"Limitless FS" stands for "Limitless Fundraising Solutions".
www.limitlessfs.com  
 
At 2012, the company collects for "Eco Saviour UK" charity - SEE entry above
At April 2013, collecting in Hartlepool for Little Treasures Children's Trust.
 
At July 2014, the only charity listed on the company's website is "bibic"
Bibic's website   makes no mention of 'Limitless FS Ltd'.`

Little Treasures Children's Trust (LTCT)

  A small charity, Romford (Essex).  Registered 1 May 2007.  Defunct.
Removed from Register of charities - ceased to exist 17 June 2014
 
www.LittleTreasuresChildrensTrust.org  
Website not working at 3 July 2014.
 
Clothing collections by East London Textiles (ELT) (and PSS Support).
H2H collections by "Limitless FS Ltd" at April 2013.
 
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of their bag.
 
A controversial charity.
See www.frugalways.co.uk/life.php/little-treasures...-collection-scam  
www.frugalways.co.uk/.../little-treasures...-are-threatening-court-action  

Local Community Recycling Services Ltd  (LCRS) (LCRSL)

  They were a large commercial clothing collection company. Reg co no: 6692067.
Address (at March 2012): Units 12 & 13, Cartwright Industrial Estate, Willow Row, Longton, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST3 2PU (West Midlands).
www.lcrsl.co.uk  
The company was bought by Mark and David Fitzgerald (brothers) on 25 Jan 2010.
 
They collected for seven charities (at Dec 2011) :
- Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities (BCH)
- Cure Leukaemia - a Birmingham hospital
- Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA)
- Kidney Research UK
- Lifeboats (RNLI)
- Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA)
- WWF-UK (World Wildlife Fund UK)
 
The company's website had a page on bogus collectors (at 2011)
 
See also the entry for JT Textiles Ltd
 

 
UPDATE: 04 Oct 2013: Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRS) of Walsall (West Midlands).  Company No. 06692067  
The company went into liquidation (wound up) - Company DISSOLVED
Current director: Mark Fitzgerald
Past directors: David Fitzgerald, David Hide, Chris Pomelli, Angelo Pomelli
 

Lugira Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 4 Sept 2001.  London NW2 7LB.
Company DISSOLVED 5 Oct 2004. 
2002 collection in London.  For Eastern Europe.

Lunetex Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no: 04788413.  Co incorporated 5 June 2003.  RO: 1 Yarn Close, St Helens, Merseyside WA9 3GJ (NW England).
Run by Lithuanians.  Leaflets: "clothes sent to the third world".
Linked to Helpmates Ltd
Company DISSOLVED 18 Oct 2011.
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Macmillan Cancer Support (National Exemption Order)

  A large charity.  www.macmillan.org.uk  
 
Partner-company:  Clothing collections by Clothes Aid - 3rd Sept 2012+

Make-A-Wish Foundation (National Exemption Order)

  A charity.  Camberley (Surrey).  Helps sick children. www.make-a-wish.org.uk  
 
Partner-company:  Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at 2011)

Manacare Foundation

  A small charity based in Manchester, mainly focussed on helping projects in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
 
Beware:  The charity has a controversial and chequered history.
See the Charity Commission's critical reports on them, eg:
 
See the Charity Commission's Inquiry Report of 22 July 2010 criticising both the charity and their clothing collector (Sanctex Ltd):
... www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Library/manacare.pdf  
 
Note - There are some useful statements in the report above regarding the Charity Commission's views on unlicensed clothing collections.`
 
The charity's website (at July 2014):
1. According to the Charity Commission's site, Manacare's website is: www.manacare.org  
However, none of the site is in English.  It's in Japanese - and unrelated to the charity.  Evidently this used to be the charity's site.
2. The charity's website is now: www.manacare.org.uk  
 
At July 2014, the charity described itself thus (thebiggive.org.uk, verbatim, sic):
 
"Manacare considers it's mission as a handshake of Peace and Goodwill and a step towards the hope that peoles from different lands and cultures can work together and whilst caring about each other, utimately take a stride towards peace worldwide."
 
Clothing collections:
 
Most of their income has come from house-to-house clothing collections.
 
Between June 2008 and 31 Dec 2013, their clothing collections were done by Sanctex Ltd.  SEE the Sanctex entry below.
 
Manacare operate one or two charity shops.

Mantas Capital Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 06271345.  Incorporated 6 June 2007.  Swansea (South Wales).
Company DISSOLVED 20 Oct 2009.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 28 Jan 2009, complaint upheld (complaint by Clothes Aid)

Megan Baker House (MBH)

  A small charity, est 2002.  Address: Morton Eye, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0DP.  "Provides free Conductive Education Services at its centre in Herefordshire for children, teenagers and adults with special educational needs and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, head injury, stroke, dyspraxia and early on-set Parkinson's disease."  www.meganbakerhouse.org.uk  
 
At Dec 2011, their website says their clothing collections are done by 4 companies:
- Goldfish Textile Recycle Ltd (collections in SE England)
- Ragbags Textiles (collections in Gloucestershire and environs)
- Recycle UK (collections in Manchester and Staffordshire)
- The Hand of Help Ltd (THOH) [of London E11]: "regular donations"

Memel Ltd

ASA At 2 July 2014: Proposal to strike off company (see Companies House website)''
 
A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company incorporated 7 Feb 2006.  Lithuanians.
Regd office: Suite 12 ... 180 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PD.
This is the same (accommodation) address as ADG Service Ltd and Tauras Ltd.
 
Partner-charity:  Memel Ltd Supports "SOS Children Charity" (Lithuania).
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 30 July 2008 (complaints by Northamptonshire Trading Standards and Clothes Aid, complaints mostly upheld)
Also see criticisms in the The Star (a Sheffield newspaper)   10 Apr 2008
 
[ Don't confuse with other "Memel" cos eg Crown Memel Ltd (timber merchants, Scotland) ]

Mercy Ships

  A charity.  Based in Stevenage (Hertfordshire).  Operates hospital ships visiting the third world.  www.mercyships.org.uk  
 
Their clothing collections are done by Intersecond Ltd at Oct 2011.

Merico

  A commercial clothing collector.
Collecting in 2004 in Milton (Cambridgeshire - East Anglia).
See www.miltonvillage.org.uk/opus1182.html   =3 Mar 2005 (including nice images of leaflets from several collectors)`

Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA)

  A large AA charity, est 1991, West Midlands.  They also operate clothing banks.  www.midlandsairambulance.com  
 
At Dec 2011, house-to-house collections by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Midlands Textiles

  A commercial clothing collector.
SEE British Forces Foundation (charity)`

Mind

  A large, respected mental health charity.  www.mind.org.uk  
Collecting 2009 and 2010.
Source`: http://chinbags.wordpress.com/tag/mind/  

Mirpur Cultural Society (MCS)

ASA Birmingham.  For the needy in Kashmir/Pakistan, & Islamic Bank cash appeal.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 7 May 2008, complaint upheld.  Complaint ref: 51209

MP Global Trading Co Ltd

  A clothing collection company.  Based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
A 'Troop Aid' bag gives their reg co no as "5806320".
At Aug 2012, a note on the Troop Aid website says:
"MP Global Trading Company (formerly D & P Textile Co. Limited) ..."
 
SEE D & P Textile Co Ltd
SEE Mutual Support (charity)
SEE Troop Aid (charity)
 
Note: At Aug 2012, some of the bags refer to M&P (not MP).

Muslim Relief

  Leaflet wording is partly in Urdu (?).
"PK regn charity no 25031 www.britishaid.4t.com  "
(Presumably "PK" stands for Pakistan).  Collecting in Leicester mid-2009

Mutual Support (MS)

  "Armed Forces Multiple Sclerosis Support Group"
A small charity helping armed-forces families with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
www.mutual-support.org.uk  
There's a picture of an "MP" clothing collection bag on their website.
 
At Aug 2012:
Clothing collections by MP Global Trading Co Ltd.
 
At Aug 2013, some collections by 'DR Bags Company Ltd'Unlicensed.
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National Blind Children's Society (NBCS) / Care2Collect (I & G Cohen)
(National Exemption Order)

  A respected charity, est 1995.  www.nbcs.org.uk  
The company donates "at least £50 per tonne" to NBCS.
This provides 40% of the charity's income at 2010.
 
Clothing collections by Care2Collect (I & G Cohen) at Dec 2011.  Biodegradable bags used

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
(National Exemption Order)

  Large, highly respected charity.  www.nspcc.org.uk  
 
Company:  Clothing collections by Clothes Aid [Ltd] at Dec 2011.
See also ChildLine (charity)

Neringa Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company incorporated 15 Aug 2003.  Registered office: Tottenham Court Road (London W1).  Based in Nottingham NG5 1HF.
Company DISSOLVED 5 Feb 2008.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 19 Sept 2007.
"Third World Clothing Collection...", complaint upheld

New Alperton Systems Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company incorporated 2001.  Registered office: London SW3 1PY.
Company DISSOLVED 11 Feb 2003.
Leaflet 2003: "Business Reg No 4219916".  Commercial collection

The Noah's Ark Appeal

  "Official Charity of The Children's Hospital for Wales".  Cardiff, South Wales.
www.noahs-ark-appeal.org  
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)

Nooria Mission

  A small registered charity - no 1120309.  Two addresses (London and Bedford).  Helps the poor in Bangladesh.  www.nooriamission.org  
At July 2013, there's no mention of clothing collections on their website.

Leaflets delivered around the mosque area of East Sheffield S9 (South Yorkshire) - May 2013.  See Collectors: a selection (A-Z) page for IMAGE.

North East Community Link [Ltd]

ASA A defunct collection company.
Company incorporated 2001.  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (NE England).
Company DISSOLVED 3 Aug 2004.
Press advert (not door-to-door leaflets) - this is very unusual.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2002, complaint upheld

North East Furniture Link [Ltd]

ASA A defunct collection company.
Company:  Incorporated 1999.  Based in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear (NE England).
Company DISSOLVED 3 March 2009.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 29 May 2002, complaint upheld, regarding ad in "Charitable & Voluntary" section of a directory [& the word "donations" was used]

North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA)

  A large, respected charity, established 1999.  NW England.  Operates two helicopters (at Blackpool Airport and Manchester).  Annual income over £4m (at 2011).
 
Collections by Recycling Solutions North West Ltd (at Dec 2011)
eg licensed by Bolton Council (Lancashire).

NSPCC

  SEE 'National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children'
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Olonex Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg company no 4497391, London NW10.
Company DISSOLVED 4 May 2004. `
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 12 Feb 2003, complaint upheld.
See www.rip-off.co.uk/archives/olonex_1_06_04.htm  

Orellana Ltd
 
 
 
Orellana Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg company no 5496347.  London E13 9JZ.  Collecting 2006.
Company DISSOLVED 27 June 2006.
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Orellana Ltd (a new co) incorporated 13 July 2010.  Hythe (Kent).

Orphan Aid Association

  Charity:  Bradford (West Yorkshire).  RCharityNo 1014616.  Helps Romanian orphans. 
www.orphanaid.co.uk  
 
Companies:  Collections by (1) PAMS
(2) savannah-rags.com =Savannah Rags International Ltd (2009)
 
Note - Don't confuse with the former charity below

Orphan and Community Aid (OCA) / OCA Trading Ltd /
Fortune International Ltd

  Charity:  Reg charity no 1107091.  Est 1 Dec 2004.  Peterborough (Cambridgeshire).
Removed from the Register of charities on 9 Nov 2009 (no longer operating).
www.orphanandcommunityaid.co.uk   (website disabled at 2010).
 
Subsidiary company: OCA Trading Ltd
Company DISSOLVED 1 June 2010 (voluntary strike-off).
 
Clothing collections by Fortune International Ltd (Bedford).  Controversial.
Some collections unlicensed - featured on BBC1 TV

Oxfam
(National Exemption Order)

  Large, highly respected third-world aid charity www.oxfam.org.uk  
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The PACE Centre

  Charity:  Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire), for children with cerebral palsy. www.thepacecentre.org  
 
Company:  GT Recycling Initiatives Ltd (also of Aylesbury) used to collect clothes for this charity.  However, this arrangement was terminated around Dec 2010.  See GT's entry above.
 
Some of their collections were unlicensed at 2010.

Pajurys Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 2005.  London E10 6LE.
Company DISSOLVED 27 March 2007.
"recycle for the third world" on leaflets

Palanga Services Seven Ltd
(PSS Ltd)

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company:  No accounts filed.  RO: East Ham, London E6 6DJ.
Company DISSOLVED 9 Nov 2004.
Clothes sent to Eastern Europe.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 20 Oct 2004, complaint not upheld.
 
Note: Palanga is a Baltic seaside resort town in western Lithuania.

PAMS

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company:  A business, exporting clothing to Eastern Europe
 
At 2003:  Donating a minimum of £600 every 4 weeks to 'Orphan Aid Association' charity - SEE entry above

Papworth Hospital Charity (PHC)

  Charity - Cambridgeshire (East Anglia).  Supports the NHS hospital.
www.papworthhospitalcharity.org.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)

Polotex Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 06240970.  Company incorporated 9 May 2007.
Regd office: London NW10 1PS.  No accounts filed.
Company DISSOLVED 5 May 2009.
 
Two employees wereprosecutedfor stealing Clothes Aid bags (2008, in Crown Court).

The Precycle Group

  A commercial clothing collection company.
A large, international, multi-material recycling company.
The UK part is based in Reading RG30 1EA (Berkshire).  www.precycle.eu   `
MD: Taskeen Ahmed
At July 2014:  According to their website they're collecting clothes/recycling textiles in partnership with :
- Barnardo's
- British Red Cross
- Cancer Research UK

- Extra Care Charitable Trust
- Age UK
(formerly Help the Aged and Age Concern)
- PDSA (an animal charity)
- Princess Alice Hospice (a cancer hospice in Surrey)
- Shelter
- Sue Ryder Care
 
Until 2013 they did H2H collections for Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CF).
The Trust now uses ELT for collections.

PSS Support Ltd

  On 24 Sept 2013, the company changed their name to 'Clothes Relief Ltd' - SEE their entry above

QUIT

  A health charity - est 1994.  "Helping smokers to quit".  Has a telephone helpline.  Charity based in London EC3.
Collects clothes house-to-house using bags.  At 2011, runs charity shops (eg in London and Harlow).  www.quit.org.uk  
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RA & B Services Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Co incorp 19 March 2010.  Reg co no 07195885.  Nature of business: None supplied.
RO: 2 Well End Cottage, Friday Bridge, Wisbeech [sic], Cambridgeshire PE14 0HQ.
Company dissolved 8 Nov 2011 (no accounts filed).
 
Collecting in East Dulwich (London) 16 June 2010 - see East Dulwich Forum  
 
Beware - All their collections (after 8 Nov 2011) are illegal.
If you know of a collection, immediately contact the police, trading standards and council licensing - and get them intercepted.
 
They collected in West Ealing (West London) on Thursday 22 Dec 2011.
This collection was illegal because:
(a) the company is dissolved, and
(b) it's purporting to be charitable - but it's unlicensed.
IMAGE of the collection leaflet (opens in a new window).  Our thanks to JS.
See also our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of their leaflets.
"Your donations are sent to the third world countries to help clothe the poor".
They collected (without a licence) in Newham (London) on Sat 3 March 2012.

Ragbags Textiles Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
RO (Dec 2011): 2 Manor Park Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5HR.  Incorp 5 Oct 2010.  SIC: Recovery of sorted materials.
Based in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9QB.  www.ragbagstextiles.co.uk  
A member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
 
Collecting clothes for Megan Baker House charity (Herefordshire) at Dec 2011.
 
Do not confuse with "Rag Bag" of Scotland - SEE clothing banks section below

Ragtex UK Ltd

  Voluntary creditors liquidation - Wind up date 25 July 2013
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Incorporated 30 Nov 1993.  Reg company no: 02876593.
Address (at 2011): 47 Parker Drive, Leicester LE4 0JP (East Midlands).
RO (at 5 July 2014): 109 Swan Street, Sileby, Loughborough, Leics LE12 7NN.
They also operated textile banks.
Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA). #
www.ragtexuk.com  
At July 2014, the website is just a holding page - with advertising.
 
Company prosecuted 28 January 2011 by NW Leicestershire District Council.
This related to a collection made on behalf of Rainbows charity
Note - Don't confuse with "Ragtex Collections (UK) Ltd"
RO: Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2HH.  Reg co no: 08478887.  Incorporated 8 April 2013.  Status: active.

Rainbows Children's Hospice for children and young people (Rainbows)

  Children's charity, based in Loughborough, Leicestershire (East Midlands).
Helps "life-limited" children - eg "progressive, degenerative conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy or Cystic Fibrosis."
 
Note: Don't confuse with charities with similar names (eg Rainbow Trust).
 
Their collector:  Apparently, Ragtex UK Ltd (prosecuted) - SEE

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

  A children's charity, founded 1986.
Head office: 6 Cleeve Court, Cleeve Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7UD.
Also has offices in Durham (NE England) and Manchester (NW England). www.RainbowTrust.org.uk  
 
Note: Don't confuse with charities with similar names (eg "Rainbows").
 
Licensed by Wigan Council (Manchester)   to collect clothes in Feb 2012.

Realmday Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 05187127.
Company DISSOLVED 4 Oct 2005.
Collecting 2004 (in Milton, Cambridgeshire), and 2005.  Trading standards alerts`

Recyclaid Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company incorporated 17 Aug 2005.
Reg office: 189 Bickenhall Mansions, Bickenhall Street, London W1U 6BX.
Company DISSOLVED 6 Nov 2010.

Charity supported:  In aid of homeless centres.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 8 Feb 2006 (complaint by Kensington & Chelsea Trading Standards, complaint upheld).
 
Also see http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/charity...page7  

Recycle Clothes Relief Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company No. 09049407.  Incorporated 21 May 2014.
RO: c/o Suite 11, Penshurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BY
Director: Oleksii Kotyk (he's also a director of Fox Textiles Ltd).

Note - Don't confuse with a company called "Clothes Relief Ltd" - SEE ABOVE

Recycle UK (Ltd?)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Address: Unit 4, Grosvenor Mill Business Centre, Grosvenor Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester OL7 0RG (NW England).
 
Authorised to collect clothes in the Manchester and Staffordshire areas for Megan Baker House charity (Herefordshire) at Dec 2011.
See 'Companies House' database - don't confuse with :
- Recycled UK Limited (West Midlands; not handling clothes)
- Recycle UK Limited (Stockport, Cheshire) - dissolved 20 Jan 2009
- RecycleUK Limited
- Recycle Northwest Limited
- Recycle UK Trading Limited

Recycling and Management Services Ltd (R&MS Ltd, R&MS)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Reg office: Unit 4, Ynys Fach Yard, Heol Yr Ynys, Cardiff, Wales CF15 7NT.
Reg co no 07214977.  Co incorporated 7 April 2010.  SIC: Other business activities.  www.randms.co.uk  
Their website includes a page headed "Code of Practice" (and it has info on the Charities Acts and the Institute of Fundraising)
 
At Dec 2011, they've applied to a council in NW England for a licence to collect clothes on behalf of a small new charity called 'Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Fund' (CALF) of Clywd (Wales).

Recycling Clothes Co Ltd
(RCC Ltd)

ASA A commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 22 Jan 2008.  75 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU (at Feb 2011).
"third world clothing collection, co reg no 6480287"
Based at 28 Lulworth Close, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8SX.
www.recyclingclothescompanyltd.co.uk   Includes images of pink collection bag.
 
Collecting mid-2009 eg Bristol.
At Nov 2011, their website says their charity partner is "Against Breast Cancer"
(the company donates a minimum of £50 per tonne of clothes).
Collecting without a licence at Sept 2012.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2 Dec 2009, complaint not upheld.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of leaflet.

Recycling Port Ltd

  SEE Textal Ltd

Recycling Solutions (North West) Ltd (RSNW)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Unit 104, Phoenix Close Industrial Estate, Heywood, Lancashire OL10 2JG (NW England).
www.recyclingsolutions.org.uk  
A member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
 
At Dec 2011, collecting house-to-house for North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA).  At March 2012, they're giving £12,000 per month to NWAA.
 
The company operates clothing banks - eg for the "Forget Me Not Children's Hospice" (West Yorkshire) www.forgetmenottrust.co.uk  
(At April 2012, the Hospice runs 10 charity shops.  They also take furniture and small electrical items.)
 
The company raises funds for Springhill Hospice Rochdale www.springhill.org.uk  
At April 2012, Companies House lists the following (A-Z) :
- Recycling Solutions Limited  =Scottish
- Recycling Solutions (Central) Limited - Dissolved  =Scottish
- Recycling Solutions (Europe) Ltd - Dissolved
- Recycling Solutions (North East) Limited
- Recycling Solutions (North West) Limited
- Recycling Solutions (UK) Limited - Dissolved
- Recycling Solutions (UK) Ltd

Nicholas Rees

  A commercial clothing collector.
He collected clothing using leaflets referring to Kosta Ltd and "H.K.L. Charity".
He wasProsecuted 11 June 2004 - by Birmingham City Council Licensing Dept (using the House to House Collections Act 1939).
 
Also, he gave written undertakings to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (under the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations 1988 =the CMARs).
This was a groundbreaking case.

Retail of Clothes Ltd

ASA Company DISSOLVED on 13 Nov 2012.  No accounts filed.
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
The company lasted for just 19 months.
Company reg no 7592949.  Incorporated 5 April 2011.
Address: 66 Monmouth Road, Dagenham, Essex RM9 5DB (a private house).
Apparently run by a Latvian - Ruslanas Izmagilovas (director).
 
Collecting in Uxbridge (West London) May 2011 (leaflet has a drawing of a boy and a dog).
 
Leaflet (June 2011) said: "For breast cancer prevention program".
See www.lovemoney.com/blogs/scams-and-rip-offs/scams/12115/stop-this-sick-cancer-scam   =blog by Tony Levene on 18 June 2011.
 
Beware - The collections purport to be charitable.  They appear to be unlicensed.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2 Nov 2011, complaint upheld.

Retexa

  A commercial clothing collection company.
SEE Unicare Ltd (trading as Retexa)

RNHI, R.N.H.I., www.RNHI.co.uk

  At June 2014:
"Charitable" collections being carried out by 'RNHIwww.rnhi.co.uk  
Bags have an image of a helicopter (an air ambulance?).
Bags say "Please donate...". This implies they're purporting to be charitable collections (so they need licences under the 1939 Act).
Click here for PHOTO of donated "www.RNHI.co.uk" clothing collection bags  
 
See Nominet's WHOIS record   for their website:
- the 'registrant type' appears to be incorrect
- out-of-date 'registrant's address' (Genesis Centre, Stoke-on-Trent)
  post is returned to sender
 
Warning triangle Reports suggest it may be a scam ?
Let us know if you have any information on 'RNHI'.
If you see their outer bag (=sleeve, =envelope), please send us a scanned image or photograph.

RNLI

  SEE 'Royal National Lifeboat Institution'

Rogaile Ltd

  Company: COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION Order to wind up 17 Oct 2012.
 
A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated on 5 Oct 2005.
RO: 4 Brigadier House, 12 Heritage Ave, Beaufort Park, London NW9 5EN.
"Nature of business (SIC): Wholesale of clothing and footwear."
 
Intimately linked to " Helping Arms Ltd" (a controversial collector) - SEE ABOVE

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

  A registered charity.  Website: www.rmhc.org.uk  
 
Collecting clothes in Ashington, Northumberland (NE England) using bags, 6 March 2012.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) "Lifeboats"
(National Exemption Order)

  A highly respected charity.  Operates lifeboats around the UK's coast.  www.rnli.org.uk  
 
At Dec 2011, clothing collections by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.

Rural Health Community Association (RHCA)

  Former charity.  Established 2001.  Helped sick people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
REMOVED from Charity Commission's register of charities 20 Oct 2009.
 
It was also a registered company, incorporated 14 March 2000.
Company DISSOLVED (struck off) on 18 Aug 2009.
Based in Barking, Essex.
 
Collecting clothes, CDs etc in Bromley (SE London/Kent) 16 Nov 2009 (this was illegal because the charity and company had ceased to exist).  See: www.btinternet.com/~graham.wootten/Poverest/news.htm  

Rutex Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Address:  London E16 3HR.  Co reg no 6894447.
Company DISSOLVED (struck off) 14 Dec 2010.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 9 Sept 2009, complaint upheld.
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of Rutex leaflets.
Eg "Third World ... kindly donate..."
 
Beware - A notorious collector.  At 2011, it's thought that many of the collectors purporting to be Rutex have no connection with Rutex Ltd (they're "fakes").
 
Collecting in Welling (Bexley, SE London) on Mon 28 Nov 2011: blue leaflet with a drawing of a boy and small dog.  The company is dissolved - so the collection was illegal.
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St Anthony Repatriation Ltd
St Anthony (Trading Co) Ltd

  Companies DISSOLVED - wound up by the High Court, London on 2 Nov 2011.
See "Air Ambulance Service" (AAS, a scam)

Salvation Army (SA) /
Salvation Army Trustee Company (SATCO) /
Salvation Army Trading Co Ltd (SATCOL)
 
(National Exemption Order)

  A large, highly-respected Christian charity.  www.SalvationArmy.org.uk  
 
Collection companies:
1. SATCOL - Wellingborough (Northamptonshire), owned by the charity (SA).  Established 1991.  www.satradingco.org   Distributes 800,000 door-to-door bags per week.
Also runs 4,500 clothing banks in Britain.
2. SATCOL also works with Kettering Textiles Ltd (of Northamptonshire).
 
See The Guardian Mon 31 Jan 2011   An article* headed: "... Fundraising Standards Board [FRSB] launches inquiry after businessmen [Kettering Textiles] earned £10m from donated secondhand clothes."
Daily Telegraph 1st Feb 2011   A similar article* on SATCOL.
www.letsrecycle.com 13 July 2011   Headed: "Sainsbury's ends Salvation Army textile bank role." (Oxfam's clothing banks remain)
 
*A reassuring note:  SATCOL have written to CharityBags, saying that the Guardian and Telegraph articles cited above are misleading.  SATCOL sent us letters from the FRSB (dated 8 Aug 2011) and the Charity Commission (25 Feb 2011) which indicate that both these organisations are now satisfied with SATCOL's arrangements.
So, CharityBags suggests you treat the two articles above with scepticsm.
However, they raise valid issues regarding the potential problems with relationships between charities and commercial fundraising partners.

Sanctex Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 12 July 2002.  Reg company no 04483997.
Reg office (around 2010):  Ivorys Business Centre, Harper Lodge Farm, Harper Lane, Raddlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7HU.
Reg office (at 5 July 2014): Unit 4, Redhill 23 Business Centre, 29 Holmethorpe Avenue, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2GD.
Website at July 2014: www.sanctex.com  
 
Collecting early 2010, on behalf of 'Manacare Foundation' (a charity).  
Source: http://chinbags.wordpress.com/tag/manacare-foundation/  
 
Runnymede Borough Council (Surrey)   refused to grant Sanctex Ltd a collection licence (around Jan 2011).
 
Sanctex Ltd carried out a number of collections on behalf of Manacare Foundation without obtaining collection licences under the 1939 Act.
 
See the Charity Commission's 2010 Inquiry Report criticising both the charity and the collector:
... www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Library/manacare.pdf  
 
Note - There are some useful statements in the report above regarding the Charity Commission's views on unlicensed clothing collections.
 
At July 2014, a note on Sanctex's website states: "...our contract with the Manacare Foundation Charity was terminated on 31 December 2013."
The company no longer collects for any charity.
 
At July 2014, Sanctex Ltd are operating several 'cash-for-clothes' shops.
See their website: www.cash4clothes.me.uk  

Sanctuary [GB]

  At Spring 2014:
A small, new charity based in Rhyl (Denbighshire, North Wales).
"Founded and is run and managed by former Citizen's Advice Bureau personnel."
"Provides assistance to victims of rape, domestic violence and child abuse."
They say they've obtained licences to collect door-to-door in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy.
www.sanctuaryuk.org.uk  
They began clothing collections in Spring 2014.  Bright pink bags.

Savanna Rags International Ltd

  A clothes recycling company.
 
At July 2014:
RO: 104 Chatsworth Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 4QX
Reg Company No. 02887068.  Date of incorporation: 12 Jan 1994.
Nature of Business (SIC): 46420 - Wholesale of clothing and footwear.
www.savanna-rags.com  
They operate a cash-for-clothes scheme and clothing banks.
Also they collect from charity shops (including Scope).
 
In Feb 2006, they applied to Leicester City Council for a house-to-house collection licence - on behalf of 'Orphan Aid Association'.
See Leicester City Council's 17-page committee report (PDF)  
 
19 March 2014: Home Office (and HMRC) raid on the premises of Savanna Rags International Ltd in Forest Road, Mansfield (Notts).`  30 illegal immigrants arrested  

Save the Mothers Trust (SMT)

  A small British charity, based in Bradford (West Yorkshire, NW England).
Helps the poor in South Asia and Africa.  www.smtrust.org.uk  
 
Collecting clothes in Accrington (Lancashire, NW England) in Nov 2008.
Source: www.accringtonweb.com/forum/f69/clothes-collections...  

Scope
(National Exemption Order)

  A large, highly-respected disability charity. www.scope.org.uk  

Seabeach Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Misleading third-world collection.
Company DISSOLVED 31 July 2007.
See http://forums.MoneySavingExpert.com/showthread.php?t=433183  

Second Chance

  Charity:  Based in Portsmouth (Hampshire).
Helps disadvantaged children. www.second-chance.org.uk  
 
Commercial collection company:  E&C Export Ltd (since Autumn 2009).
The company was prosecuted May 2009.
The company was collecting without a licence at October 2009.

Second Life Ltd [SL]

  A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.  www.secondlifeltd.com  
Run by an East European woman: Audrone Paulauskaite.
Its rep in the UK is Audrius Luote of Alra Clothing - who's "linked to four men arrested over the theft of charity bags" (says PSI).
The company collected in Weston-super-Mare (North Somerset, SW England) Dec 2010.  Unlicensed collection.  It purported to be for a "charitable" purpose.
See IMAGES of the bag on our Collectors: a selection A-Z page.
 
The company's website (at Nov 2011) says it supports "Childhood Cancer Fund Rugute" (Lithuania). Rugute site: www.rugute.lt/en/  
However, at Nov 2011, there's nothing on Rugute's site about Second Life.
The charity says it's told the company to remove mention of Rugute from their website (without success) (see PSI below).
 
See Penman & Sommerlad Investigate   (=PSI) (23 Nov 2011) headed: "Clothes collector Second Life breaks fundraising promise to child cancer charity [Rugute]".

Semenets Services Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 7 March 2006.  Registered office: Romford (Essex).
Based in Greenford (West London)?.
Company DISSOLVED 8 Sept 2009.
 
Collecting in London (illegally) 14 July 2010.

Sense

  National charity.  "The National Deafblind and Rubella Association".  Founded 1955.  Based in London N1 and Crayford (Kent).
They do collections in-house (mostly self-employed people) - as per British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Commendably, all goods initially go to their charity shops - for sorting.  They don't use commercial partners.
Sense offer a home collection service - and they have collection banks.
www.sense.org.uk  

SHC Collections Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company's registered office: Bournemouth (Dorset, SW England) at Feb 2011.
Co incorporated 26 Nov 2007.  "Nature of business: Retail sale of clothing".
Company DISSOLVED 15 March 2011.
 
"co no 06437255 ... donate... people in need".  Essex co.  Third world clothing collection.  Collecting eg in Leeds (West Yorkshire) and Scotland mid-2009.
Collecting without a licence at mid-2010 (says website of Tandridge Council, Surrey).

Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

  A charity.  Sheffield (South Yorkshire).
 
Clothes Aid used to collect clothes for them

Silverwall Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothes collection company.
Company incorporated 22 April 2005.  Registered office: Birmingham B18 4PW.
Company DISSOLVED 27 Jan 2009.`

Skygates Co UK

  A commercial clothing collector.
Company:  Tilton Road, Birmingham B9 4PE.  Does door-to-door collections.
Exports to Eastern Europe.  www.skygates.co.uk  
There's no mention on their website of a registered company no.
The 'Companies House' website lists around 6 companies called "Skygate ...".

SOS Clothes Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.  RO: Dartford, Kent DA2 6QD.
www.sosclothes.co.uk  
At 2014, website has a warning about bogus 'Tree of Hope' collection leaflets.
 
SEE Tree of Hope Children's Charity
 
Note - Don't confuse the company with:
- SOS Clothing Ltd (a dissolved company)
- SOS Clothing Ltd (a second dissolved company)
- SOS Support Ltd (see below).

Children's Hearts charity /
SOS Support Ltd

  Children's Hearts charity:  Reg charity no 1082929.  Established 18 Oct 2000.
Based in Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7RH (SW London).
www.childrenshearts.org.uk  
Established 2000.  Helps children with congenital heart defects (CHD) - mainly in Russia.  A very small charity (they've spent less than £10,000 total on their aims in the 5 years up to Sept 2010).
The commercial company operating their clothing collections was:

Company DISSOLVED 29 Jan 2013  ``
SOS Support Ltd, reg co no 5926295.  Incorporated 6 Sept 2006.
Based in Newport, Gwent NP20 7EB (South Wales).
The co said it gave 60% of its net profit to Children's Hearts charity.
 
Note - Don't confuse them with SOS Clothes Ltd (see above).

South West Textiles

  A commercial clothing collection company.
 
They used to collect for the "Dreams Come True" charity - according to the website of Byronswell Ltd at Nov 2011

South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF)

  A charity, est 1986, Sheffield S9 3TY.  One of 60 community foundations in the UK.  They make grants.  "[We] aim to improve lives in our communities ... [by] meeting the needs of local people facing economic hardship and other barriers to aspiration."  www.sycf.org.uk  
 
Collections by Care2Collect (I & G Cohen) at Dec 2011

Sparco Ltd [and see entry below]

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.`
Companies House info (2011): 38 Douglas Road, Horefield, Bristol BS7 0JD.  Company No. 07219512.  Incorporated 12 April 2010.
"Nature of business: Retail second-hand goods in stores"
 
"Bristol firm raided in bogus charity bag investigation"   =BBC News 10 May 2011 on Sparco Ltd - conducting collections on behalf of "Bernhardos" and "Breast Cancer".  The article says they're also known as Sparko.

Sparko Ltd [and see entry above]

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Sparko Ltd:  Ilford (Essex) IG1 4QR.  Incorporated 15 Dec 2006.
Company DISSOLVED 29 March 2011.
www.sparko-ltd.co.uk  
=a one-page website with one mega-image and no true text (at March 2011).  There's only advertising on the site at 30 Sept 2011.
 
"have distributed collecting bags for Azzara Breast Cancer campaign based in Lithuania".  SEE www.Gloucestershire.gov.uk   =warning by Gloucestershire Trading Standards, Sept 2010 ("5 types of collection")
 
& see www.BournemouthEcho.co.uk/news/...Bernhardos...   Includes photo of bag (breast cancer - Azzara - Lithuania) xx`

SRT

  A commercial clothing collector.
Potentially misleading leaflet Feb 2008:
"... collecting and distributing clothing ... for the poor and needy"
See http://valemail.../2008/02/27/anger-at-bogus-door-to-door-collectors   (with image of leaflet)  =Castle Vale, Birmingham B35

Stockport Local Community Collection

  A commercial clothing collector.
Collecting in Reddish, Stockport (Manchester, NW England) 6 Dec 2010.
Potentially misleading leaflet.  See Collectors: a selection (A-Z) page (IMAGE)

The Straightforward Company Ltd

  A commercial clothing collector.
Incorporated 25 May 1988.  RO: 112 The Lindens, Loughton, Essex IG10 3HU.
They make it clear they are a commercial company.
At Nov 2011, the company's SIC category: printing.

Sunbeam Projects

  Charity.  Date registered: 13 May 2009.  London N10 3LU.
Helps young people in deprived areas of South Wales (and Lithuania?).
Has Eastern European connections.  http://sunbeamprojects.org/  
 
It seems they do their own clothing collections.
Collecting clothes in South Wales early 2010.
See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2009/01   comments

Sunrise Dreams Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company reg no 7360847.  Incorporated 31 Aug 2010.
Company's registered office: 31 Hamilton Street, Newport, South Wales NP19 0GT.
 
Leaflet delivered in Winchester, Hampshire 26 June 2013.  Our thanks to PD.
Headed: "Third world clothing collection", red ink on yellow.
See our Collectors: a selection A-Z page for an IMAGE of the leaflet.
 
[Don't confuse with a company with the same name, dissolved 5 May 2009.]

Support and Help Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
"Third world clothing collection"
Company incorporated 1 June 2006.  RO: Gillingham, Kent ME7 4RF.
Company DISSOLVED 10 March 2009.  No accounts filed.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 1 Aug 2007, complaint upheld.

Supporting Arms Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Blue bags.  "No 06846572", company collecting Oct 2009.  Scam, bogus.
Company incorporated 13 March 2009.  Dagenham (Essex).
Company DISSOLVED 2 Nov 2010.
See Congleton Chronicle   (Cheshire) and http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Warning-doortodoor...  
 
The company and an employee were prosecuted by Devon Trading Standards in 2010-11 - see Prosecutions page: 21 Feb 2011 entry.
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Tauras Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company:  RO: Suite 12 ... 180 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PD.
This is the same (accommodation) address as ADG Service Ltd and Memel Ltd.  Incorporated 7 Feb 2006.  Co thought to be run by Lithuanians.  Director: Leandra Bockuviene.  Corporate secretary: Law Firm Ltd.
Company DISSOLVED 4 Oct 2011.`
 
Collecting for Children's Aid Foundation (charity) at 2010.

Tedis Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company:  Incorporated 11 March 2009.  RO: Harrow (NW London).
Company DISSOLVED 19 Oct 2010.  No accounts filed.
 
Collecting clothes, with some money said to be going to a children's home in Lithuania - according to "Keith" in Romford (Essex) on 9 Dec 2009 on the Daily Mirror's comments forum.

Textal Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Reg co no 5733047.  Registered in March 2006 as Recycling Port Ltd.  Source: St Margarets   2006
 
Textal Ltd (reg co no 3760497).  Twickenham (SW London).
Company DISSOLVED 30 July 2002.
 
Textal Ltd (reg co no 5400819).  RO: Rotherham (South Yorkshire).
Company DISSOLVED 9 Jan 2007.

Textile Solutions
[and see below]

  A commercial clothing collection company.
At Dec 2011, their website says they collect for 5 charities.  These are the 4 listed in the entry below (eg Cancer Relief UK), plus "Helping Heroes!".  Rudimentary website: www.textilesolutions.co.uk  
It must be the same company as the one below - the website gives the same postal address and 0800 tel no.  But "Textile" is singular, "Solutions" plural - we're confused.  It would help if the company standardised its name and closed one of its two websites.

Textiles Solution Ltd (TS)
[and see entry above]

  A commercial clothing collection company.
 
www.textilessolution.co.uk   Their website (2011) refers to "Textiles Solution", "Textile Solutions Ltd" and "Textiles Solutions Ltd" (confusing).
At Dec 2011, it seems the website hasn't been updated since mid-2010.
Address given on their website:  Unit 8, Loomer Road Industrial Estate, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7LB.  "32 collection teams".
 
It appears to be related to Clothes Converters Ltd.
 
It seems to be "Textiles Solution Ltd", whose reg co no is 07037472
RO: Unit 8, Loomer Road Ind Estate, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 7LB (according to 'companycheck.co.uk' website at Dec 2011).
RO: 33 Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1AP (according to Companies House website, also at Dec 2011).
Director: Mr Kevin Gibbons (of 33 Wolverhampton Road etc) at Dec 2011.
 
At Dec 2011, their website says they're collecting for several [small] charities :
- Cancer Relief UK - but see note below
- Hang on to a Dream (Otley, West Yorkshire)
- Smile for a Child
- West Yorkshire Animals in Need
It says the company gives £50 per tonne of clothes.
 
Cancer Relief UK (a charity) terminated their arrangement with the company around early 2012, apparently because of problems with the collections.
 
Some collections have been unlicensed.
 
The company appears to be unrelated to :
- "Textile Solutions Ltd" of Cropston, Leicester (co no 03195278).
- "Textile Solutions Professional Ltd" of Bolton, Lancashire.

The . . .

  Ignore the word "The"
Example: "The Precycle Group" is listed under the letter "P" above

The Hand of Help Ltd (THOH)

  SEE entry under letter "H" above

Third World Clothing Collection

  Misleading heading used on many collection leaflets such as:
"Reg co no 5482825.  Incorporated as Pajury's June 2005."
Source: St Margarets   2006
Company (Pajurys Ltd) DISSOLVED 27 March 2007.

Third World Recycling

  Commercial clothing collectors.
Bogus.  Prosecuted by South Northamptonshire Council (Licensing Dept) in Aug 2001 (using the House to House Collections Act 1939)

Tom W Beaumont Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.  See Fire Fighters Charity

Tomtex

  A commercial clothing collector.
SEE entry for British Forces Foundation (charity)`

Translimit Ltd

ASA A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Address:  London E12 6TR.  Lithuanians.
Company DISSOLVED 22 July 2003.
 
Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 19 Nov 2003

Treating Children with Cancer (TCWC)

  Information below as at Nov 2011 :
 
Registered charity no. 1132491.  Registered 5 Nov 2009.
Address: Unit 6, Enterprise Centre, Ray Street, Huddersfield HD1 6BL (West Yorkshire).
Finances: Year to 30 Nov 2010: Income £16,250, spent £10,000.
The charity's website:  www.tcwcancer.org.uk  
 
"Treating Children with Cancer" is also a limited company.
 
See our dedicated page on Treating Children with Cancer

The Tree of Hope Children's Charity /
SOS Clothes Ltd

  Entry on the Charity Commission's website at 3 July 2014:`
"16 November 2012 Removed - FUNDS TRANSFERRED (INCOR)"
 
Charity (Tree of Hope):  Reg charity no 1043092.
www.TreeOfHope.org.uk  
Address: 31 De La Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 2JA.
"Offers ‘hope’ to the families of Sick UK Children who need Specialist Medical Surgery, Treatment and Therapy...".  Est around 1994, by Corinne Gardner.
 
Their website says SOS donate £2,000 per month to them (at 2009 and at Dec 2011).
"Licences are obtained from local councils."  Site includes photos of bag.  The bag states: "The relief of sick and disabled UK children".
 
Their clothing collections are operated by a commercial company (SOS Clothes Ltd):  www.SOSclothes.net   Romford, Essex RM1 1TE.  Run by a Lithuanian.
 
Bolton Council (Lancashire) issued a licence to Tree of Hope for all 2011.  The address given was 225 Briscoe Lane, Manchester M40 2ST.

Troop Aid

  Charity.  "Supporting our injured troops."  Est Nov 2006.
Based in Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8JG.  www.troopaid.info  
 
Collections by D & P Textile Company Ltd (of Birmingham) at 2011
 
At Aug 2012, some bags say:
"M&P Global Trading Co Ltd, co registration no ..."
Apparently this is the new name for D & P Textile Co Ltd.
Note: Companies House records show it as "MP..." (not "M&P...")
 
Beware - at Oct 2012 fake 'Troop Aid' collection bags are being distributed
(The charity is blameless).

Two Sisters

  Said to be a charity, based in South Africa/Zambia.  Helps orphaned children in Africa.
Note - It's not a UK-registered charity.
www.twosisters.org.za  (the ".za" website suffix means South Africa)
 
Partner company:  Clothing collections by Hand of Help UK Ltd
U    

Uhuru [Peaceful] Trust

  Operates clothing banks, house-to-house collections & two charity shops.
A small registered charity (est 2009).
Based in Kestral Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 5FT.
Helps projects in Africa (Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia).  www.uhurupeace.com  
Collecting in SW London Oct 2010.  Source: St Margarets  

UK Textile Enterprise Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 24 Oct 2009.  Reg co no: 07056276.
RO address: Flat 4, 35 Stanmore Road, Birmingham B16 9ST.
Company DISSOLVED 9 August 2011.  No accounts filed.
Bogus.  SEE "Down's Syndrome Group" (also bogus)
See Manchester Evening News (=MEN)   3 Sept 2010
Downs Syndrome Association  11 Aug 2010 (including photo of fake leaflet)

Unicare Ltd (trading as Retexa)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Based in Leeds (West Yorkshire).  2006-09: known as Lifosa Ltd www.UnicareRecycling.co.uk   Member of FRSB
 
Collecting for charities - eg 'Children our Future' (at 2010)

"Union Chernobyl of Ukraine"

  Alleged charity for nuclear radiation victims.  SEE Byronswell Ltd

UXT British Recycling Company (UK Export Trade Ltd)

  A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Company collecting for Children's Cancer Recovery Project - SEE above
V    

Vaidaura Ltd

  Scam.  SEE "For Japan [earthquake]" - under letter "J"

Valewall Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 30 Nov 2005.
Based Birmingham B33 8AP.  Bogus
Company DISSOLVED (struck off) 1 May 2007.
 
Alleges helps children in the third world.  "...to help clothe the poor" in the third world.
 
SEE www.UxbridgeGazette.co.uk/.../2008/10/29   =police and trading standards warning (West London)

VeritasCare Ltd (VC)

  UPDATE:  Company DISSOLVED 7 May 2013.  Website now unavailable.
 
As at August 2012:
 
A commercial clothing collection company.
 
Reg co no: 07871099.  Company incorporated 5 Dec 2011.
Reg office: Flat 2, 2 Old Station Way, Voltaire Road, London SW4 6DA.
Presumably this is a private residential address.
The co appears to be run by a Polish man: Tomasz Staszkiewicz.
 
www.VeritasCareLtd.org.uk  
 
Comments about their website :
Extract from their web page called "Our mission" :
"From providing support and care to orphaned children to helping those affected by old age, disability and ill-health."
There's an online form for cash donations - with an amusing error :
"A single donation will go towards children and adultery people immediately."
There's an 0800 freephone tel number.
Parts of the site are unfinished - eg 'Lorem Ipsum' dummy text.
Much of the English is poor.
They're purporting to be charitable, but there's no registered charity number.  So far, there's no evidence on the site that they've done any "good works".
The website's domain name registrar is 'BB Online UK Ltd' (see Nominet's Whois).
Note their use of the ".org.uk" suffix (this is potentially misleading).
See also our page on Use / misuse of ".org.uk" web addresses
Note the use of "Ltd" in the web address.
 
The Charity Commission's website lists 5 charities with the word "veritas" - but none seems to have any connection with VeritasCare Ltd.
 
Collections :
Collecting clothes late July 2012, in Tooting Bec, SW London.
The wording on the bag is charitable, so it needed a licence (1939 Act).
The licensing authority in London is the Metropolitan Police.
We understand they haven't granted a licence - so it seems the collection was illegal.
 
The trading standards dept for this area is Wandsworth Council.
 
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of Veritas's bag. 
 
Google lists some forums discussing VeritasCare.
Don't confuse this company with :
- 'Veritas Care Ltd': co incorporated 2008, dissolved 22 Sept 2009.
  This has a space between the words "Veritas" and "Care".
- half-a-dozen other UK companies called "Veritas ... Ltd".

Viltis [Ltd?]

  A commercial clothing collector.
Based in the Republic of Ireland.  www.viltis.eu  `
Source: http://clothingcollection.org - Irish clothing collections blog
 
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGE of leaflet (sticker).

VS Textiles Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company.
Company incorporated 15 Sept 2010.  Company No. 07376916.
RO: 3A Chilton Court, Belstead Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8NS.
Company's SIC classification: Wholesale of clothing and footwear.
 
Collecting in SW London 12 Oct 2010.  Source: St Margarets  
W    

W & W Help Ltd

  A defunct commercial clothing collection company.
Company:  Incorporated 28 June 2007.  North Woolwich (London E16).
Company DISSOLVED 24 Mar 2009.
Scam.
See: www.TheNorthernEcho.co.uk/news  
www.ThisIsPlymouth.co.uk/news/Officers-seize-appeal-leaflets  
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2010/04  
See our page: Collectors: a selection (A-Z) with IMAGES of W&W leaflets.
They said they were collecting for charities:  "for breast cancer prevention programme"
"British Charity Foundation" - bogus.

Woodlands Cancer Care

  A very small cancer charity - £7,000 annual income 2006-10.
Based in Billingham, Teesside (NE England).
www.woodlandscancercare.co.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Audosta Ltd - SEE entry above

World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF UK)

  A charity.  22 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HH.
"It's a UK charity that gives advice on how cancer can be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight."  Also they fund research.  Part of the WCRF global network of charities.  www.wcrf-uk.org  
 
Collections by Care2Collect (I & G Cohen) - at Dec 2011

World UK Trading Ltd

  A commercial clothing collection company - with an above-average reputation.
SEE East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity (EAAA)

WWF-UK
(World Wildlife Fund UK)

  Charity (with a panda as its symbol), founded 1961.  Godalming, Surrey GU7 1XR.  www.wwf.org.uk  
 
At Dec 2011, collections by Local Community Recycling Services Ltd (LCRSL).  However, the company LCRSL was dissolved in Oct 2013.
Y    

Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity (YAA)

  A charity.
 
Clothing collections by Bag It Up Ltd (of Halifax, West Yorkshire)

Yorkshire Cancer Centre

  Charity supporting the Cancer Centre in Leeds (West Yorkshire, NW England).
Part of the NHS, it's the largest cancer centre in Europe.
"The Yorkshire Cancer Centre is the fundraising arm of St James’s Institute of Oncology and provides specialist medical equipment, research and development and patient 'home comforts' to 1,500 patients each day."  Source: their website.
www.YorkshireCancerCentre.org.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)
Z    

Zoe's Place

  A charity.  They run three hospices for babies - in Middlesbrough (NE England), Liverpool (NW England) and Coventry (West Midlands).
"Offers respite and palliative terminal care to babies and support to their parents."
www.zoes-place.org.uk  
 
Clothing collections by Clothes Aid (at Dec 2011)
     

Clothing banks

 

Clothing banks - Introduction

Also see the page on Clothing banks (clothing containers)
 
Notes: Typically, these banks are steel containers - in recycling centres, car parks, streets etc.
 
Generally (as far as we know) the organisations listed below don't conduct house-to-house collections.
 
House-to-house collectors which also operate clothing (etc) banks include:
Salvation Army (the largest - with 4,500 textile banks in Britain),
British Heart Foundation, Oxfam, Scope
- see their details above (A-Z)
 
Collection banks for other unwanted items :
- some banks are for non-clothes items - eg shoes, books, CDs/DVDs
 
Some banks are commercial (ie not "charitable").
 

Barnardo's
(National Exemption Order)
CLOTHING BANKS

  Large, highly respected children's charity

Lawrence M Barry & Co
(LM Barry & Co, LMB)
CLOTHING BANKS

  Co:  London E16 4TG.  Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).  www.lmb.co.uk   Their clothing banks are used by numerous local councils.  They don't conduct house-to-house collections.

The European Recycling Company Ltd (ERC)
CLOTHING BANKS

  Charity:  The Variety Club Children's Charity
 
Company:  Est 1993.  Specialises in the recycling/re-use of shoes.  Based in Croydon (Surrey, =SW London)  www.EuropeanRecycling.co.uk    Part of the SOEX group.

Gaia Movement
=The Gaia Movement Trust Living Earth Green World Action
CLOTHING BANKS

  Part of the Danish Tvind/Teachers Group/Humana "sect" or "cult". www.gaia-movement.org  
BEWARE - it's NOT a charity.  It's a company with an 'accommodation' address in Switzerland.  Their clothing banks are common in pub car parks etc.  They're managed by 'Green World Recycling Ltd' (GWR).  See TvindAlert  
See also: CICD, Humana, Planet Aid

Green World Recycling Ltd (GWR)
CLOTHING BANKS

  Company's address: Unit 15, The Hayes Trading Estate, Folkes Road, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8RG.  www.greenworldrec.org  
 
NOTE - SEE "Gaia Movement" above

Humana UK
CLOTHING BANKS

  It was a registered charity.
It was CLOSED DOWN in 1999 by the Charity Commission.
It was part of the Danish Tvind/Humana "sect" - see Planet Aid below,
& see "College for International Co-operation and Development" (CICD) above.

Planet Aid
CLOTHING BANKS

  NOTE - they're NOT a registered charity.
They're part of the Danish Tvind/Humana "sect".  Controversial.
They have around 1,000 clothing banks in the UK.
See Planet Aid page (eg BBC Radio 4 "Face the Facts" exposé)
They placed clothing banks in numerous Asda supermarket car parks without permission.  Asda evicted them (threatening court action).
See also: CICD, Gaia Movement, Humana

Rag Bag
CLOTHING BANKS

  Textile recycling company.  Based in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
www.rag-bag.co.uk  
Operates indoor textile banks (made of recycled cardboard).
Operates outdoor textile banks (made of steel).
Also collects rag bags and 'City Link' white sacks.
Banks located at schools, nurseries, clubs etc (who are paid per kilogram).
"In 2011 Rag Bag will raise over £1million for local schools, sport clubs and organisations nationwide."
"The clothing is graded at the UK’s largest textile recycling facility Nathans Wastesavers Ltd." `

Roberts Recycling
CLOTHING BANKS

  Company based in Kirkby, Liverpool (NW England).
Some of the profit from their clothing banks goes to Blythswood Care (a Scottish Christian charity).
The company also buys unwanted textiles from charity shops.
Also they operate a "cash-for-clothes" scheme.
www.MoneyForClothes.com  

Textile Recycling Ltd (TRL) CLOTHING BANKS

  At Dec 2011:  "Collectors and exporters of second hand clothing."  Est c1993.  Based in Dublin 24, Republic of Ireland.
They operate textile banks and containers.  Also they collect surplus clothing from charity shops.  They sponsor "Breast Cancer Ireland" (charity).  www.trl.ie   Their website has a section headed "Beware of bogus collectors".

TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development)
CLOTHING BANKS

  They're a respected charity, based in Wembley (West London).
Est 1999 (using the seized assets of the defunct "Humana UK" charity).
They have over 900 clothing banks in the UK.
www.traid.org.uk  
They have 11 charity shops (in London & Brighton).
Member of the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).

Umbra Clothing
CLOTHING BANKS

  Based in Co Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.  www.umbraclothingcollections.com  
They provide clothing banks for local authorities, charities and schools.
Their website includes a page on bogus house-to-house collections
   
 
 
 

Cash for clothes

 

INTRODUCTION - Our comments on commercial 'cash-for-clothes' schemes

With these schemes :
- you get paid money
- charities normally get no money
 
In our view, it's far better to give your items to charity shops.  OK, you won't get paid money for your cast-offs - but the charity will make dramatically more money (net proceeds) per item.  For instance :
- clothes will raise around 5x more (compared with a cash-for-clothes scheme)
- books will raise around 20x more per item
- CDs and DVDs will raise 10 to 100 times more per item
  (Note: 10 cased CDs or DVDs weigh around a kilogram)
 
Example: Let's say you get rid of 10 CDs or DVDs (=one kilogram) :
- a cash-for-clothes company will pay you (say) 20 pence in total
- a charity shop won't give you any money (you donate the goods to them)
  . . . but the charity shop will sell them for around £20 (=£2 each),
  of which over £5 is net proceeds ('profits') for the good cause.
So, by giving your discs to a charity shop, the charity get 25 times more money (net) than you'd get by selling them to a cash-for-clothes company (the 20p).
It's analogous to "Gift Aid" (which adds 25%) - but this adds 2,500% !
 
See the Statistics page for more information on these figures.

Cancer Relief UK

  This cash-for-clothes scheme is the 'odd one out' in this list.
 
They're not commercial - they're a small registered charity (in Chesterfield, Derbyshire) - see the main entry on them above.
At July 2013, they're operating an unusual scheme - they buy clothes off you (at 50p per kilo) if you take them to one of their charity shops.
In theory, this is an innovative scheme - it's a win-win arrangement?

Cash4Clothes

  At 2011, a scheme operated by E&C Export Ltd - see entry above.
http://ecexport.com/  
Note: The company has been prosecuted for conducting unlicensed collections.

Cash for Clothing

  www.CashForClothing.co.uk    "We pay up to 50p per kilogram cash for your unwanted clothing, shoes (paired), handbags, belts and soft toys." [50p per kilo is equivalent to £500 per tonne]
"Some areas are now accepting Books and DVDs which are 5p/kg."
"We will arrange a collection in most of the UK."  As at Nov 2011.

Clothes for Cash Ltd

  At Dec 2011:  They pay 60p per kilo for clothes, footwear and accessories [equivalent to £600 per tonne].  You order a sack online.  You fill the sack and it's weighed and collected by 'City Link' couriers.  "Free collection from anywhere in the UK."
 
Contact Address: Clothes For Cash Ltd, Unit 2B Orchard Court, Dunslow Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3UT.  Managing directors: Mark Millard and Alex Oscepkov.  www.clothesforcash.com  

Rag and Phone Ltd

  At Dec 2011:  Unit 6-7, Thurston Road, Omega Business Village, Omega Business Park, Northallerton, DL6 2NJ (North Yorkshire).
"The rag 'n' phone man".  "Cash for clothes" scheme.  They pay up to 50p per Kg for clothes.  5p per Kg for books and DVDs.  Also they buy unwanted mobile phones.  They have 7 drop-off points and you can book collections (by phone, text or email). www.ragandphone.com  

Used Clothing Co (UCC)

  Antrim, Northern Ireland.
www.usedclothingco.com  
At Dec 2011:  Take your unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes, curtains or handbags to their premises or arrange for a home collection (by phone or email).  They pay 50p per kilogram [equivalent to £500 per tonne].
They run around 15 shops - presumably selling second-hand clothes.

We Buy Clothes Ltd

  www.webuyclothes.co.uk   0208 phone no (=London)
At July 2013, the prices they say they'll pay you include:
40p per kilo for DVDs and CDs - this is only around 4 pence per disc
40p per kilo for 'used jewellery' - that's only 1 penny per ounce - avoid !
(At 2013 the market price of gold is around £1,000 per ounce)

 

See also the following page: Clothing collectors: A selection (A-Z)
The page has numerous images of leaflets and bags.  Some entries have descriptive text.

 
See also the List of prosecutions of collectors page

 

WARNING ! - confusingly similar names of charities and clothing collectors

Don't confuse the different (unconnected) organisations listed above which have similar names :

If you're writing about one of the organisations, PLEASE ensure you quote the name correctly.  Preferably, also give supplementary information that clarifies it (belts-and-braces) - eg registered number and/or address.

Do some research first - using Google, and the registers of organisations on the websites of Companies House, the Charity Commission and Nominet UK.

If you're not sure, use cautious wording such as :

Also you can use words/phrases like:  questionable, sceptical, we're puzzled that..., is this true?

Also, carefully check/proof-read your work - whether you're a professional journalist or just writing a blog or forum-comment.

Examples of similar names (listed A-Z)

Odd, interesting and misleading names of collectors

You know where you are with a company called "Bloggs Textile Recycling Ltd".  The name's not glamorous - but it does what it says on the can.

However, a number of commercial clothing collection companies have chosen odd names - especially those run by Eastern Europeans (eg Lithuanians).  Beware, in general, the UK government's rules on company names are relaxed.  So (as far as we know) you can call your company "Helping the World's Poor Ltd" - even if you're selling weapons.  Apparently, the name doesn't need to have any relationship to your company's activities (let us know if we're wrong on this).

This matters, because a number of commercial collection companies have names which imply good works or charitable intentions.  Worse still :

Overall, the effect can be very misleading - for instance on collection leaflets or bags.

The list below gives some examples of commercial collection companies with unusual (and/or potentially misleading) names (A-Z) :

Note: Names with an asterisk "*" above are not limited companies.

Charities/'good causes' above which are not based in the UK or Ireland

These include :

Charities which have closed down (or have been closed down)

The charities in the list below all did clothing collections or had clothing collections done in their name (except Humana UK) :

Non-existent charities / 'good causes' (bogus)

Examples from the table above :

Clothing collection companies which purport to be 'non-profit'

Most private-sector collectors are commercial - in other words, they're businesses, they're 'for-profit'.  Typically they're a limited company (eg "Bloggs Recycling Ltd").
The royalty they give their partner-charity (eg £50 per tonne of clothes) is part of the contract (deal) with the charity - a quid pro quo - a payment for being allowed to use the charity's name in their marketing.

However, a few purport to be 'non-profit'.  With some, this claim is genuine; with others it's untrue.  Examples :

Notes on the list above :

Commercial collection companies which use ".org.uk" in their web address

.org.uk

There are several of these in the table above, including :

See the following page for more on this issue:
Use (and misuse) of ".org.uk" in web addresses

 


 

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