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INTRODUCTION

  • Where (on this website) do I find information on specific collectors?
  • Understanding the section at the top of this page entitled "Headings on this page:"
  • Images of leaflets and bags
  • Can you help us?

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MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTORS

 

Introduction

Where (on this website) do I find information on specific collectors?

We've put our information dealing with specific (named) collectors in three places (categories) on the site, as follows:

  1. On the page called A-Z List of clothing collectors.  ="The A-Z List"
    This gives brief information on over 150 collectors (in a three-column A-Z table) - such as their status, location, website.
    It includes adjudications by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
    Every collector we've come across has an entry on this page.
    There are no images of leaflets or bags on this page.
  2. On the page called Clothing collectors: A selection (A-Z)    =this is the page you're now looking at  
    On this page there are numerous images of leaflets and bags.
    Some entries have descriptive text.
    At present, this page has entries for around 20% of the collectors in the "A-Z List" (category 1 above).
  3. On pages dedicated to an individual collector
    - You can access these via the "Examples of collectors" section of the drop-down menus.
    These pages provide the greatest detail on any individual collector/charity.
    Most of them include images of leaflets/bags.
    At present, these pages cover around 10% of the collectors in the "A-Z List" (category 1 above).

Note:  In general, if a collector is in category 2 above, then it's not in category 3 (and vice-versa).

Understanding the section at the top of this page entitled "Headings on this page:"

To help you (and us!), we've improved this section at the top of the current page as follows :

  • There are the usual (underlined) links to the headings on this page, eg:
        "Children's Aid Foundation (charity) / Tauras Ltd"   (under the letter "C")
  • Also, there are cross-references to the alternative names, eg:
        "Tauras Ltd - SEE Children's Aid Foundation"   (placed under the letter "T")
  • We've added a token entry for each page on an individual collector (category 3 above) - and added the following text:  ' - SEE drop-down menus: "Examples..."  '
    (To help you identify these entries, they're colour-coded and indented.)
     
    This means that the section above called "Headings on this page:" is an all-in-one A-Z list - incorporating all collectors in both categories 2 and 3 above.
Images of leaflets and bags

Computer scanner (courtesy of Saul Gardiner/SCRAN)

There are over 70 images of collection leaflets and bags on this page.  Many of the images are not our own.
Our thanks to the people/organisations who produced them.

 Can you help us?   We're especially grateful to the people who have sent us images (by email).  If you have the time, please send us images of any leaflets/bags which you've received (with brief details of where you are and when you received them).  Ideally, use a scanner.  However, if you haven't got access to a scanner, you can use a digital camera or a camera on a mobile phone.  See Contact us

The images below vary in screen-size and quality.

Enlargement:  Some of the images are shown at less than 100%. 
This means you can enlarge them to see more detail.
You can do this (in Internet Explorer) by View >> Zoom (or by "Ctrl +")

Size:  Almost all the original leaflets were A5-sized (approx 8" x 6").

With some of the collectors below, there are two or more images.

Typed text:  Below some of the images of leaflets, we've added a typed copy of some (or all) of the wording.  This allows Google to index it - and means that the text can be searched, highlighted, copied or edited.
 


'Dear householder' (heart-in-hands image)

Below:

  • Anonymous leaflet delivered in Cramlington, Northumberland, 13 Oct 2010 (courtesy of CS)
    The word "donate" is used twice.  Do you think it's "charitable" as defined in the 1939 Act?
    A bag accompanied it.
  • Yellow leaflet delivered with it - asking for mobile phones and laptops

See www.cybercrimeops.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33312  

"Dear householder" - clothing collection leaflet

Collection leaflet - asking for old mobile phones and laptops

Below: Wording of the yellow collection leaflet shown above (as typed text)

Reduce Scotland's CO2 emissions 
and save taxpayers' money by recycling your 
MOBILE PHONES and LAPTOPS. 
Simply put your old MOBILE or LAPTOP 
into our collection bag 
and stick this yellow flyer on the bag. 
 
We accept all kinds of items 
in any condition (even broken).


A & P Collection Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Oxford - 2007 (courtesy of www.headington.org.uk  )

A & P Collection Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

Below: Leaflet delivered in Tottenham (North London) - Jan 2011
(courtesy of Alan Stanton  )

The collection was illegal for two reasons :

  • the company was dissolved on 10 March 2009
  • arguably the collection was charitable - but it was unlicensed

A & P Collection Ltd leaflet - Alan Stanton


ADG Services Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Derby (postcode DE24 0HQ) on Tuesday 24 April 2012.
Our thanks to CR.

It includes the words "donate" and "donations".
Taken in conjunction with the wording at the bottom (the last four lines), we consider that this is a "charitable collection" under the 1939 Act - so it needs a licence.

ADG Services Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

Extract from the leaflet above (as typed text) :

"YOUR DONATIONS ARE SENT TO THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES TO HELP CLOTHE THE POOR
 
THIRD WORLD CLOTHING APPEAL
 
We will carefully sort out your clothes and make them available in second hand
shops across third world countries. ADG Services Ltd. Reg. No. 6085183 "

Al-Ain International Trust (eyesight charity)

Below: Leaflet delivered in Mosque areas of Leicester LE5 (East Midlands) - 2009 (courtesy of MaS)

Unusual aspects of the leaflet:

  • Part of it is not in English (it's Urdu?).
  • Only the charity is mentioned.  There's no mention of any commercial clothing collection partner.
  • They assert that they donate your unwanted clothes to the poor.
  • Also they ask for cash/cheque donations - they give bank details.

The charity is based in Nottingham.  www.al-ain.org.uk  

Al-Ain International Trust (eyesight charity) - clothes collection flyer


Alra Clothing Ltd *

Location:  Manchester, NW England (postcode M40).

Date of incorporation of company:  15 February 2010.

Website:  http://alraclothing.co.uk/

At December 2010, this is a token/dummy website with no meaningful information.
It uses WordPress.  It has eight web pages, all blank.  One page is dated 16 April 2010.

See Alra's advertisement for staff on the Vivastreet.co.uk   website :

  • Ad headed "Van Drivers and distributors needed"
  • Posted 5 November 2010 in Job Vacancies Collyhurst > Manchester, postcode M40
  • Ad ID 29248739
  • "Van drivers required to work around Manchester, Liverpool areas collecting second hand clothing.  Own vans prefered [sic], but not essential.  Leaflet distributors also required.  Tel 075xxxxxxxx"
  • Description: Contract/freelance, full-time work.

See the adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) dated 2 June 2010 - concerning a collection leaflet by Alra Clothing Ltd (complaint upheld):
www.asa.org.uk/Asa-Action/Adjudications/2010/6/Alra-Clothing-Ltd/TF_ADJ_48544.aspx  
The ASA decided the ad was misleading.  ASA Complaint Ref: 120157

See the warning about Alra by Salford City Council - dated 10 December 2010.
Headed:  "Residents warned about bogus charity callers" :
www.salford.gov.uk/pr-10-2769.htm  

 
Below: Image of Alra leaflet (label?) delivered in Salford (NW England) - c6 Dec 2010 (courtesy of Salford City Council)

Extracts from the wording on the leaflet below :

  • "Clothing Appeal for VULNERABLE"
  • "... We help poor families, disabled people and orphan children ..."
  • "All your donated goods ..."
  • "This collection is authorised by a collection permit issued by your local council."
    (Note: This claim is untrue.)
  • "... That will help us get rid of BOGUS collections."

Alra Clothing Ltd - clothes collection flyer

 
Below:
Alra leaflet delivered in Manchester area (NW England) - c9 Dec 2010 (courtesy of MaA)

Alra Clothing Ltd - clothes collection leaflet

Extracts from the leaflet above (mostly verbatim) - as typed text : *

PLEASE DONATE UNWANTED 
CLOTHING TO HELP OTHERS

Perhaps each of us can do only a small part but 
collectively are efforts are beginning to make a difference.

Support Foundation "support to children" created in April 
of 2003 consists of supporting sick children in Eastern 
Europe.

The project is designed for rendering support to children 
suffering from blood cancer.  The Foundation's activities 
are targeted not to one-day actions but to continuous 
long-term projects which would bring noticeable results.

CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR 
ONCOHAEMATOLOGICAL
(BLOOD CANCER) DISEASES

Please donate all types of wearable clothing, Ladies 
Gents & Childrens's Clothing, Blankets, Sheets, Shoes 
Underwear  ...

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

SATURDAY

Bag Collection Information
Write us: info@alraclothing.co.uk


Ambertop Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire - August 2006
Our thanks to David Brewer.
See www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=1102.0  

The wording in the leaflet includes:

  • "kindly donate"
  • "people in need"

Ambertop Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Arthur Clothing Company

Below: Leaflet delivered in Sussex in early 2005.
Our thanks to the BBC.
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4346469.stm  

Arthur Clothing Company - clothing collection leaflet


British Forces Foundation / Midlands Textile Co

Our thanks to LH (Monmouth, South Wales, Sept 2012).

British Forces Foundation [800w]

British Forces Foundation [800h]


Byronswell Ltd / Union Chernobyl of Ukraine

Below: Leaflet delivered in South Wales - around January 2008.
Our thanks to Tredegar Forum and Tarkus.
See www.tredegar.co.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1420  

Company: www.byronswell.co.uk
! Beware: At Oct 2010, Google says "This site may harm your computer"

Byronswell Ltd / Union Chernobyl of Ukraine - clothing leaflet

Below: Extract from the leaflet above (as typed text):  *

"Clothing collection

Join us to help the Ukrainian people
who remain affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Dear householder, 
we urgently need your unwanted clothes and shoes.
Ladies', men's and children's clothes, shoes,
socks, underwear.  Every item is vitally important.
Unfortunately we cannot accept bric-a-brac.
Thank you for your unwanted clothes.

Please put unwanted items into plastic bags, attach this leaflet
to the bag and leave outside in view of the road before 8am.
We will collect between 8am and 7pm whatever the weather.

Your collection day is Monday

A percentage of the profits are donated monthly by
Byronswell Ltd to support the Public Organisation
"Union Chernobyl of Ukraine"
Registration number in the Ukraine OKPO 13422406

Byronswell Ltd is commercial clothing collecting company
Byronswell Ltd is registered in England and Wales company No. ... "

 [etc]


Children's Aid Foundation / Tauras Ltd

Charity

Location: Elwick, Hartlepool, Teesside (NE England)
Established July 2008.  It had an income of around £17,000 in 2009.
www.ChildrensAidFoundation.org.uk  

Collector - Tauras Ltd

Information below as at 2010.
See http://bizzy.info/uk/companies/tauras_ltd/co_no/05700268  
Incorporated 7 Feb 2006
Location: Suite 12, 2nd Floor, Queens House, 180 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PD (probably an accommodation address)
It appears that Tauras has no website, no email address and no readily-available telephone number.  (The 0845 telephone number on the flyer below is that of the charity.)

The Corporate Secretary appears to be "Law Firm Ltd" (LF) of the same address.
LF seems to be an Anglo-Russian law firm, whose specialisms include immigration advice and business services.  See www.lawfirmuk.net  

Tauras Ltd seems to be run by Lithuanians.
A director of Tauras appears to be "Leandra Bockuvienie".  Google gives various links to her eg:
www.mk-news.co.uk/Home/Charity-leaflet-investigated.htm  
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2008/04/thanks-to-everyone-who-continu.html  
These describe various controversial charitable clothing collections associated with her - eg Memel and SOS Support Ltd / Children's Hearts charity.

Below: Leaflet delivered 2010 (courtesy of PB)

Children's Aid Foundation - clothing collection leaflet


Children's Cancer Recovery Project /
UXT British Recycling Company

Our thanks to LH (Monmouth, South Wales, Sept 2012).

Children's Cancer Recovery Project [1000w]

Children's Cancer Recovery Project [1000w]


Children's Hearts Charity / Audosta Ltd

Below: Red and blue collection leaflet delivered in Bolton (Lancashire).
Collection day: Tues 28 Feb 2012.   Our thanks to NR for the image.
The collection purports to be in aid of a charitable cause.
Bolton Council Licensing Department says that the collection was unlicensed.
 
The leaflet has an unusual note saying they don't operate collections on Sundays.

Children's Hearts Charity / Audosta Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Children's Hearts Charity / SOS Support Ltd

Below: Bag, black and white image, early 2012.  Our thanks to Emma A for the image.

Children's Hearts Charity / SOS Support Ltd bag

Below: Our thanks to LH (Monmouth, South Wales, Sept 2012).

Children's Hearts 1000w

Children's Hearts 1000w


Children's Support Society (CSS)

Below: Bogus bag delivered in Woodford Green, London - around 21 June 2010
Picture:  Our thanks to Newsquest Media Group [Guardian local newspapers].
See www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/8234672.WOODFORD_GREEN... charity_scam...  

The charity mentioned doesn't exist.

Children's Support Society - bogus clothes collection bag (Newsquest Media Group)


Children's Welfare Foundation / Fortune International Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Oxford - 2007 (courtesy of www.headington.org.uk  )

Children's Welfare Foundation - clothing collection leaflet


The Drops of Help Ltd ('TDOH')

The company was closed down (wound up) on 16 Jan 2013 (following prosecutions).

Below: Images of their collection bag (copied from their website at July 2013)

The Drops of Help Ltd (TDOH) - clothing colllection bag


Below: Clothing collection bags - The Drops of Help Ltd (TDOH).
Our thanks to 'Penman & Sommerlad Investigate' (Daily Mirror) - article of 17 Jan 2013.

The Drops of Help Ltd


Below:
TDOH clothing collection leaflet.  Delivered in North London - March 2011.
Our thanks to Alan Stanton / Flickr  

The Drops of Help Ltd (our thanks to Alan Stanton)


 

E & C Export Ltd

See also our dedicated page on this company.

Below: Two-sided leaflet delivered March 2010 (courtesy of ABP)

This collection is intriguing and very unusual :

  • It's a commercial collection - with no reference to any charitable cause.
    So it doesn't need a licence under the 1939 Act.
  • However, they're offering you money for your clothes.
    In other words, you sell them - not give them.
  • They're visiting the area very frequently (once a week, on a set day).
  • You can book a collection.
  • Their arrangement means that you meet the collectors face-to-face.
  • A bag isn't essential - as they weigh the items and take them personally.
  • They quote a geographic telephone number (0208 is outer London).
  • The leaflet is two-sided.

Bear in mind that the 12Kg (=approx 26 pounds) weight quoted is a lot of clothes.
40 pence/Kg represents £400 per tonne (ie 1,000Kg).

The text in the second image gives a rare, helpful summary of recycling/re-use.
However, the text at the start of their 2nd paragraph is incorrect: it indicates that all saleable clothes discarded in the UK are sold abroad.  But they don't mention that some are sold in UK charity shops.  Typically, this raises a lot more money for charities (per item) than is the case when they're sold abroad.

E & C Export Ltd - cash4clothes leaflet

E & C Export Ltd - cash4clothes leaflet

Below: Extract from the leaflet above (as typed text):  *

CLOTHING COLLECTION

Cash4Clothes

All clothing collected by E&C EXPORT LTD is sold, either
sorted or un-sorted, to importers and wholesalers in many
countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia.

Regardless of whether clothes are given to charities, clothing
banks, council collections or E&C EXPORT LTD this is
where the goods are all sold.  80% of discarded clothing goes
for reuse as clothes and the other 20% enters the recycling
industry for bed manufacture, socks, blankets and the
industrial wiper trade.  The only alternative to this is for the
goods to go to a landfill site.

As a nation we throw away about 1,500,000 tonnes a year of
clothes of which ...


[etc]


FireFighters Charity / Bollin Recycling

Our thanks to LH (Monmouth, South Wales, Sept 2012).

FireFighters Charity / Bollin Recycling [1000w]

FireFighters Charity / Bollin Recycling [1000w]


Help (UK) [Ltd] / H-e-l-p (UK) Ltd "Registered [co] no 06566494"

Below: Leaflet delivered in Mosque areas of Leicester LE5 (East Midlands) - September 2009 (courtesy  of MaS)

The company was registered as "H-e-l-p (UK) Ltd".  Based in Nottingham.
Incorp 15 April 2008.  The company was struck off and dissolved on 24 Nov 2009.

Also see www.accringtonweb.com/forum/f69/clothes-collections-42270.html  

Some of the wording below is identical to the leaflet from Al-Ain International Trust - eg "Helping the poor working for humanity".

Help (UK) - clothing collection leaflet

Below: Contents of the collection leaflet image above - as typed text (verbatim)

Help (UK) 
UNWANTED 
CLOTHES 
Shoes & Toys 

Mobile: 07807240232 / 07794293037 

Dear Sir / Madam:    We wish you a good health.  We appeal you to give your 
unwanted clothes, shoes & toys (NO METAL OR GLASS ARTICLES PLEASE) 
to HELP THE POOR & ORPHANS.    Thank You. 

[foreign language section] 

HELP THE POOR 
WORKING FOR HUMANITY 

WE WILL COLLECT COMING FRIDAY From 9.00 am 

Leave bag full (please) or empty as early as possible 
outside where driver can see in all weathers. 
Please tie bags well to keep rain out. 

Please do not give money as our staff can not accept cash. 

Please attach leaflet to bags 

Registered No. 06566494 


Helping Arms Ltd / "Supporting University College London Hospital"

Below: Image of leaflet delivered in North Harrow, North London - late February 2010
Image courtesy of DM.

This leaflet is misleading and potentially bogus.
The Hospital says it has no arrangement with this collector.

A Harrow resident sent the following information to CharityBags concerning this collection:

"HELPING ARMS LTD
Companies House shows that they were incorporated on 08/01/2010.
Company No. 07119680.  Name & Registered Office:
   HELPING ARMS LTD
   4 BRIGADIER HOUSE
   12 HERITAGE AVENUE
   LONDON
   NW9 5EN
This is a newish block of flats on the Grahame Park Estate in Barnet.
A previous company with that name and delivering very similar leaflets
(without UCLH's name on) existed from 10/11/2006 to 2/6/2009 at Queens House,
Tottenham Court Road, W1, and was dissolved without filing any accounts."
 

Helping Arms Ltd "Supporting University College London Hospital" - clothing collection leaflet


Human Care (UK) Foundation/
Human Care Hands Foundation

Below: Leaflet (2-sided) delivered in Tottenham (North London) - Jan 2011
(courtesy of Alan Stanton  )

Alan's text describing the leaflet :

"This organisation is a company (with the company number - 6600978) and a charity.
According to the Charity Commission website (on 30 January 2011) it had registered as a charity on 21 May 2008 with the charity number 1127148; and was then called Human Care (UK) Foundation - the name on the leaflet.
On 28 December 2008 it changed its name to Human Care Hands Foundation UK [HCHF].

Companies House website showed (30 January 2011) this company as "active" and that it had submitted the required returns.  However, on that date, it had not yet filed accounts and annual returns with the Charity Commission."

The organisation is based at:  109 Turnpike Lane, Hornsey N8 0DU (North London).
This possibly also functions as a charity shop.
They also have a branch office in Pakistan.
Their activities focus on helping the poor in Pakistan - especially victims of the recent floods.
Website: www.hchfoundation.org  
Also:       www.hchfoundation.co.uk   =a superseded version?

Human Care (UK) Foundation leaflet - Alan Stanton


Julytex Ltd

Below: Two leaflets (self-adhesive labels).
Delivered in Great Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire.
Collecting on two dates in Feb 2012.`
The collections were purporting to be charitable.
However, they were unlicensed - so they were illegal.
Our thanks to JH (including her thumb).
On the leaflet, there's a web address of a Lithuanian children's home  
The website does exist - but the text is only in Lithuanian.

We like the three ladybirds on the leaflet (and the spelling: "Brick-a-brack").
The collection hours are unusual - morning only.

Julytex Ltd clothing collection leaflet (label)

 

Julytex ltd collection leaflet

Extract from the leaflet above (as verbatim, searchable text) :
 
"Thank You a lot
             for good quality clothes
 
YES, PLEASE              NO, THANK YOU
 
. . .                              . . .
 
CLOTHES COLLECTION
 
RAIN OR SHINE, WE WILL COLLECT FROM 8AM - 12AM
 
Have You ever thought, that
lots of people really need things
that You store or simply throw away ?
 
Your clothes will reach people,
who really need them.
Our company goal is to help people in need no matter which country
they live in.  We help poor families and opran [orphan] children in Eastern Europe.
We support Children's Foster Home.
Organization No 195220531,   http://www.vgnykstukas.w3.lt
. . .
JULYTEX LTD
Company No 7706307
e-mail askjulytex@gmail.com  
Thank You for Your goodness ! "

 
Below:
Another leaflet (self-adhesive label) from Julytex Ltd.
Delivered in Cambridgeshire.
Collecting in early 2012.`
Our thanks to NC.

Julytex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet (label)

 
Below: Leaflet (self-adhesive label) from Julytex Ltd.
Delivered in Ely, Cambridgeshire around 16 April 2012.
Our thanks to GOK.

Julytex Ltd - clothes collection label


Lithuanian Orphan Fellowship / ANYA Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire - January 2008
Our thanks to David Brewer.
See www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=1102.0  

The leaflet refers to www.LithuanianOrphanFellowship.org  
At October 2010 the website doesn't exist.

ANYA Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

Below: Wording on the image of the collection leaflet above - as typed text (verbatim)

WILL YOU REJECT ME TOO?

CLOTHING COLLECTION

Help us by donating any ladies, gents, children clothes, blankets,
shoes, belts, curtains, underwear, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes.

Please stick this leaflet on the bag and leave your donation
outside in FULL view of the road before 8 am.

WE WILL COLLECT ON:
THURSDAY

Indifference - worse than treason
Lithuanian orhpan Fellowship's charitable project to help orphans STOPindifference
STOPindifference is a charitable project to help orphans in Lithuania. Everybody who is
touched with children's wronged by life could participate in charitable project dedicated to help
orphans.  Stop for a moment, look at these children - they have nobody to count on in this life,
nobody will help them.
No-one, except Us and You.

www.lithuanianorphanfellowship.org

A.N.Y.A Ltd will be operating a collection service and
will be delighted to collect these items from you.
All our collectors carry identity cards,
please check if you are unsure.
Our collectors cannot accept cash donations.
If you have any queries please contact 07902213700.

STOP INDIFFERENCE


Little Treasures Children's Trust / East London Textiles

Location of charity: Romford, Essex
www.LittleTreasuresChildrensTrust.org  

Collector: East London Textiles (ELT)  (and PSS Support)

Below: Bag delivered in North Harrow, North London - October 2010 (courtesy of DM)

Little Treasures Children's Trust - clothing collection bag

Little Treasures Children's Trust - clothing collection bag


Nooria Mission (charity)

Below: Leaflet delivered around the mosque area of East Sheffield S9 (South Yorkshire) - May 2013.  Our thanks to PE.

Purports to be registered charity no 1120309.  It also refers to 'Norria Mission' (in error).
"... to help the poor & orphans ... to help the needy in the third world".
Note the warning about illegal collections (at the bottom right).
The mobile phone number quoted (07807240232) has been used on leaflets of other collectors.
Much of the wording is identical to other leaflets - eg see Help (UK) [Ltd] and Al-Ain International Trust.
Some wording in Arabic has been added to the leaflet.
Sheffield Council's licensing department is investigating.

Nooria Mission charity collection leaflet 700W


Olonex Ltd *

Information below from the "Rip-Off Britain" website
www.rip-off.co.uk/archives/olonex_1_06_04.htm  :

  • Olonex Ltd:  Company Reg No 4497391
  • Company dissolved 4 May 2004.
  • Adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 12 February 2003 (complaint upheld).
  • On 23 May 2003 the ASA asked the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to consider taking legal action against Olonex.
  • See also: www.bbc.co.uk/kent/features/se_undercover/kraslava.shtml  

See also :

 
Below: Image of leaflet from Olonex - delivered 2004 (courtesy of "Rip-Off Britain" website)

The leaflet's wording includes :

  • "kindly donate"
  • "Thank you for helping us to help others"

Olonex Ltd - clothes collection leaflet 2004

Below: Olonex leaflet delivered in Oxford - around 2006 (courtesy of www.headington.org.uk  )

Olonex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


RA and B Services Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in West Ealing (West London) - collecting on Thursday 22 Dec 2011.
The collection was illegal (the company had been dissolved - and the collection was unlicensed).
Our thanks to JS.

RA and B Services Ltd - collection leaflet

 
Below: "RA & B Services Ltd" leaflet delivered in Newham (London)
- collecting on Sat 3rd March 2012.
The collection was ILLEGAL (as the company had been dissolved in 2011).
Our thanks to JW.

Does it need a licence under the 1939 Act? :
The types of images of children reinforce the impression that the collection is for charitable purposes.

RA & B Services Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 
Below: "RA & B Services Ltd " yellow leaflet delivered in Newham (London)
- collecting on Mon 19th March 2012.
The collection was ILLEGAL (as the company had been dissolved in 2011).
Our thanks to JW.

The printing code (bottom right) uses the word "depressed" - presumably referring to the image of the person on the leaflet.  This reinforces the impression that the collection is for charitable purposes.

RA & B Services Ltd - clothing collection leaflet - yellow


Recycling Clothes Co Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered 28 September 2009 (courtesy of YoBe)

Potentially charitable wording used includes:

  • "Third world clothing collection"
  • "kindly donate"
  • "Thank you for helping us to help others"

Also note the use of photos indicating a charitable cause - eg open hands, poor children.

Recycling Clothes Co Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 

Below: "Books wanted" leaflet delivered in Ealing (West London) AM Tues 17 April 2012
along with their "standard" unwanted-clothes plastic bag.  Collecting on Wed 18 April.
Image courtesy of JS.

An extremely unusual leaflet - they're asking for books, CDs, DVDs and video games.

It says they'll donate £50 per tonne to the charity called "Against Breast Cancer".

The licensing authority for charitable collections in London is the Metropolitan Police.

Recyling Clothes Company Ltd / 'Against Breast Cancer' collection leaflet - asking for books, CDs, DVDs, video games


Rutex Ltd

1. See the adjudication by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concerning Rutex :

www.asa.org.uk/Complaints-and-ASA-action/Adjudications/2009/9/Rutex-Ltd/TF_ADJ_46902.aspx  
= Adjudication dated 9 September 2009 - complaint upheld

See also our page on the ASA.

The wording in the leaflets below indicates that Rutex ignored the ASA's rulings.

2. The Compliance Manager at the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) sent a formal warning to Rutex Ltd on 4 August 2010.
 

 ACTION  - If you receive leaflets like these, you can do the following :

  • Immediately contact the licensing department of your local council (well before the collection takes place).  Explain that the collection is purporting to be "charitable, philanthropic or benevolent" under the House to House Collections Act 1939.  Therefore it needs a licence.  If the collector hasn't obtained a licence, they would be operating illegally.
    The council can intercept the collection (with the police) and prosecute them.
    See our page on this: Collections: Licensing - monitoring and enforcement
  • Complain to the ASA about the advertisement (ie the leaflet).
    Also you can ask the ASA to refer the issue to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) - who can demand an undertaking from the company (regarding misleading advertisements).  See Prosecution of clothing collector (Birmingham) 2004
    Also see the Regulators page: section on the OFT and its powers.
  • Complain to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) - see above.
  • Complain to the Compliance Manager at the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).
UPDATE:  Rutex Ltd - company dissolved 14 December 2010

The company Rutex Ltd was struck off and dissolved on 14 December 2010.
See the Companies House website for details.

This means that (after 14 December 2010) ANY collection which mentions Rutex Ltd is fraudulent and illegal.

 

Below: Rutex leaflet delivered near Fareham, Hampshire - July 2010 (courtesy of MC)
- picture of child with outstretched hand

The items asked for include perfumes, jewellery and mobile phones (high-value goods).

Rutex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 
Below:
Rutex leaflet delivered September 2010 (courtesy of JK)
- no images on it (very unusual)

Unusual collection hours - 7am to 12pm.

Rutex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 
Below: Rutex leaflet delivered in Ealing (West London), Mon 8 Nov 2010 (courtesy of JeS)
- picture of six children in a circle

Key wording used:

  • "donate"
  • "YOUR DONATIONS ARE SENT TO THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES TO HELP CLOTHE THE POOR"

In our view, the leaflet gives the impression that it is "charitable, philanthropic or benevolent", so it needs a licence (see our page on the 1939 Act).

Click on the image below to see an enlargeable version (opens as a new browser window).

Rutex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 
Below: Wording of the Rutex collection leaflet above - as typed text (verbatim)

Not everyone and especially
young families can afford
to buy new, often expensive
clothes, shoes and
household things.

CLOTHING COLLECTION
Can you spare your old unwanted clothes?

We would be grateful if you could kindly donate your unwanted

LADIES & GENTS,
CHILDREN'S CLOTHING
BATH and HAND TOWELS
BLANKETS, SHEETS, CURTAINS UNDERWEAR, COSMETICS
SHOES, BELTS, HANDBAGS TOILETRIES, PERFUMES

Sorry, NO bric-a-brac, books or plastic toys please!

Please put These items in CLEAR view from the road
WITH THIS LEAFLET ATTACHED before 8 am on the day indicated below.

WHATEVER THE WEATHER WE WILL COLLECT BETWEEN 8 AM - 5 PM

Collection day is:

MON    TUE    WED    THU    FRI    SAT

YOUR DONATIONS ARE SENT TO THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES TO HELP CLOTHE THE POOR
Our company provides jobs in the sorting of clothes for distribution.  It provides business
for the UK export and transport companies.  It provides employment for the UK factories
grading the clothes and people collecting the bags door to door.

Many Thanks from RUTEX LTD,    E-mail: rutex@yahoo.co.uk.     Company Reg. No 6894447

 
Below: Rutex leaflet delivered in Newham (East London), c3 Dec 2010 (courtesy of JW)
- picture of a girl blowing bubbles

At the bottom it states Rutex Ltd.
However, near the bottom it states "Europe Supplies Ltd is a collecting company ..."
We're not convinced that either Rutex Ltd or Europe Supplies Ltd have any connection with the collectors.

Note the spelling mistakes and poor grammar - eg "gratefull" and "leave visible our driver could see".

The wording includes :

  • "kindly donate"
  • "Please help those who really need your support"
  • "provides people in need Eastern Europe countries..." (sic)

There's a reasonable case for arguing that this is a charitable collection - so it would be illegal unless it has a licence.

Rutex Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Below: Rutex leaflet delivered in Tonbridge, Kent on Mon 17 October 2011 (courtesy of AF).
- picture of boy and dog.  It uses the word "donate".

See the identical leaflet from W&W Help Ltd (of early 2010).
The only differences are the company details at the bottom.

Click on the image below to see an enlargeable version (opens as a new browser window).

Rutex Ltd clothes collection leaflet - boy and dog


Second Life Ltd

Below: Bag delivered in Weston-super-Mare (North Somerset, SW England) - Dec 2010 (courtesy of MaS)

On the bottom of the outer bag (on the fold) it states :
"C-Y REG. NO: 391493(R.o.I) and SC 309637"

The company is based in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland.
See the foot of this page for more Irish collectors.

This is the first example we've encountered of an Irish-based collector, collecting in England.

Their website quoted on the bag: www.SecondLifeLtd.com  

Licensing

Is the collection indicating that it's for a "charitable, benevolent or philanthropic" purpose - as defined by the House to House Collections Act 1939?

The wording on the bag includes :

  • "Donate" (or "donation" etc) - they're used five times on the outer bag.
  • "Clothing appeal"
  • "Help us to provide aid ..."
  • "... you will be helping us to provide ... donations ... to those in most need."

This wording (together with other evidence on the bag and their website) leads us to conclude that the collection is "charitable" etc under the 1939 Act.  If we're correct, it needed a licence from the local council.

We understand the council concerned (North Somerset Council - a unitary) hasn't granted it a licence.  So it appears to be an illegal collection.  When a local resident queried the collection, the Council referred him to Consumer Direct.

Other comments

The bag says it's made of degradable plastic.
It has a "d2w" droplet logo and refers to www.degradable.net  

Second Life Ltd - clothes collection bag - front

 
Second Life Ltd - clothes collection bag - back


SHC Collections Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire - May 2009
Our thanks to David Brewer.
See www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=1102.0  

SHC Collections Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Stockport Local Community Collection

Below: Leaflet (no bag) delivered in Reddish, Stockport, Manchester (NW England)
Fri 3 Dec 2010 (courtesy of JoP)

Images on the leaflet :
- green recycling symbol and
- outstretched pair of hands holding a world globe (centred on Africa)

Our comments :
  • Who's the collector? - they don't say - it's anonymous.  It just says :
    •  "STOCKPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLECTION"
    • "Our collectors cannot accept cash donations as we are not a charity." (at the foot)
  • No contact details are given (address, phone number etc).
  • At the bottom it states: "Please ask for I.D. cards if you are not sure."
    This is pointless hot air - given that the leaflet doesn't say who they are or how they can be contacted.
  • Licensing:  Does the wording indicate that the collection was for a "charitable, benevolent or philanthropic" purpose?
    Yes (on balance) - so it needed a licence from the Council (under the House to House Collections Act 1939).
    We understand it didn't have a licence, so the collection was illegal.
    However, we understand the collection was not intercepted by the regulators and no enforcement action was taken.
  • See the Action section above - for action you can take to stop collections like this.
  • Can you complain to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)?
    Yes - and we guess they would uphold a complaint in this case.
    However, they would be unable to contact the advertiser (the collector).
  • Conclusion:  The leaflet is misleading and appears to be a scam.

Stockport Local Community Collection - clothes collection flyer

 
Below: Copy of the wording on the leaflet above (as typed text) :

STOCKPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLECTION

CLOTHING
URGENTLY WANTED

REUSE    
REWEAR 
RECYCLE

Much of the worlds population 
has to use second hand clothing 
because they cannot afford new 
clothes.

WE URGENTLY NEED . . .  [list of goods]

There are many families who rely on your generosity.  Your items will be 
distributed in to Africa & Eastern Europe.  This will create much needed 
jobs in less fortunate countries.  You will provide people with the chance 
to afford to clothe their family.  With your help we can help.

____________________________________________________________

Please place items into any plastic bag(s) and attach this leaflet.

LEAVE IN CLEAR VIEW OF THE ROAD FOR COLLECTION ON:
MONDAY
8AM - 5PM
____________________________________________________________

Please ask for I.D. cards if you are not sure.
Our collectors cannot accept cash donations as we are not a charity.


Sunrise Dreams Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Winchester, Hampshire on 26 June 2013.
Our thanks to PD.
Company reg no 7360847.
Company's registered office: 31 Hamilton Street, Newport, South Wales NP19 0GT.

Very similar to several other leaflets - eg RA & B Services Ltd, SHC Collections Ltd, W&W Help Ltd.

Sunrise Dreams Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Textal Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Oxford (courtesy of www.headington.org.uk  )

Textal Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

Below: Extract from the leaflet above (as typed text): *

Not everyone and especially
young families can afford to buy new,
often expensive clothes, shoes and
household things.

CLOTHING
COLLECTION

Can you spare your old unwanted clothes ...

We will be grateful if you could kindly give your

[etc ...]

Tree of Hope Children's Charity / SOS Clothes Ltd

Below: Leaflet delivered in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire - May 2009
Our thanks to David Brewer.
See www.brookmans.com/forum/index.php?topic=1102.0  

Note the warning at the bottom of the leaflet (about illegal collectors) :

WARNING
People operate illegally in this area.  DO NOT donate if your leaflet has
no contact address, telephone No. and registered charity No.

Tree of Hope Children's Charity / SOS Clothes Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

 

Below: Leaflet delivered around July 2009
Our thanks to the Daily Mirror (Penman & Sommerlad Investigate).
See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/charity/index.html?page=2  

The items asked for include CDs - this is unusual.

Tree of Hope Children's Charity / SOS Clothes Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Troop Aid / MP Global Trading Company Ltd

Our thanks to LH (Monmouth, South Wales, Sept 2012).

Troop Aid [1000w]

Troop Aid [1000h]


VeritasCare Ltd

Below: Images of the front and back of a bag delivered in late July 2012 in Tooting Bec (London Borough of Wandsworth, SW London).  Our thanks to KS.

The company is also known as "Veritas Care Ltd".
The registered number given on the back of the bag is the company's number (not a registered charity number).

Under the House to House Collections Act 1939, the licensing authority for charitable collections in London is the Metropolitan Police.
We understand the collection was unlicensed - so it was illegal.

VeritasCare Ltd - front of collection bag

VeritasCare Ltd - back of collection bag


W&W Help Ltd

Below: Five leaflets delivered in early 2010 (or before) :

Our thanks to the Daily Mirror (Penman & Sommerlad Investigate).
See http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/charity/  

1. Below: "Dear Householder, we will be grateful if you could kindly donate your ..."
Image of boy and dog:

W&W Help Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

2. Below: "FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAMME ..." - image of pink cancer ribbon:

"For yourself and those who love you ...
Breast cancer marks every 9th women in Europe."

The collection is definitely charitable - and so it needs a licence from local councils under the 1939 Act.

W&W Help Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

3. Below: "Third world clothing appeal" - image of t-shirt with winking eye:

W&W Help Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

4. Below: "Not everyone ... can afford to buy new" - image of three doves:

W&W Help Ltd - clothing collection leaflet

5. Below: "British Charity Foundation" - a non-existent organisation - bogus:
Red leaflet with heart symbol.
Much of it is based on British Heart Foundation leaflets.

W&W Help Ltd - clothing collection leaflet


Woodlands Cancer Care charity / Audosta Ltd

Below: Leaflet (no bag) delivered in Westhoughton, Bolton (Lancashire) 29 Nov 2011.
Courtesy of NR.  The image can be enlarged.

Bolton Council hadn't licensed this collection - so it was illegal.
The Council had previously refused to grant a licence to this organisation.

Articles requested include jewellery.

Woodlands Cancer Care charity / Audosta Ltd clothing collection leaflet


IRELAND (EIRE):

See also:

 

Aukuras Credence Ltd / Acredence

Below: Three leaflets (self-adhesive stickers) delivered in Eire - 2008.
Source: http://clothingcollection.org/   Note: As at 2010, the site is not available.
Our thanks to the author of the website (Donncha O Caoimh).

See also: www.acredence.com/acredence/Auk_About.html  
- their site has images of four leaflets (at October 2010)

aukurascredence - clothing collection leaflet (sticker)

 

aukurascredence - clothing collection leaflet (sticker)

 

aukurascredence - clothing collection leaflet (sticker)


ClothingTheWorld.com

Below: leaflet (sticker) delivered in Eire - April 2008.
Source: http://clothingcollection.org/   Note: As at 2010, the site is not available.
Our thanks to the author of the website (Donncha O Caoimh).

The leaflet refers to www.ClothingTheWorld.com  
At October 2010 this is a token website (up for sale) with no apparent connection to the leaflet below.

Unusual features of the leaflet:

  • It's landscape format.
  • The collection hours end at 12am.
  • They state: "All vans have identification signs".

ClothingTheWorld.com - clothing collection leaflet (sticker)


"New life for your clothes!"

Below: leaflet (sticker) delivered in Eire - July 2008.
Source: http://clothingcollection.org/   Note: As at 2010, the site is not available.
Our thanks to the author of the website (Donncha O Caoimh).

There's some unusual wording/ideas - eg:

  • "... to identify true collectors and help get rid of the bogus collectors."
  • "Note: All clothes are shipped out of Ireland.
    No clothes are sold to carbooters, market traders or recycling companies in this country."
    [We've corrected their spelling in the above.]

"New life for your clothes" - clothing collection leaflet (sticker)


"Second hand clothes collection" CRN 5655565A

Below: Leaflet (not self-adhesive) delivered in Eire - September 2007.
Source: http://clothingcollection.org/   Note: As at 2010, the site is not available.
Our thanks to the author of the website (Donncha O Caoimh).

"Second hand clothes collection" - clothing collection leaflet


Viltis

The company's website given on the leaflet below is: www.viltis.eu    
The website isn't available at October 2010.

Information off their website at Jan 2008:
Organisation established 2006
Registered Office Address:  63C Carrig Rua, Gortlandroe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
Depots:  1. Unit 9G 1, Racecource Business Park, Parkmore, Galway
Name: Haroldas Stasilaitis T/A [trading as] Viltis

See http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/.../html/organisations/dpt_org_lt_54907_en.html  
This describes an organisation called:
 "Viltis - Lithuanian Welfare Society for People With Intellectual Disability"
Website: http://viltis.lt/  
(Note the "lt" suffix (ie Lithuania) - not the "eu" above.)

Below: Leaflet (sticker) delivered in Eire 2008.
Source: http://clothingcollection.org/   Note: As at 2010, the site is not available.
Our thanks to the author of the website (Donncha O Caoimh).

Viltis - clothing collection sticker

Below: Wording of the Viltis collection leaflet above - as typed text (verbatim)

Clothing Footwear
Collecting Project

Let The Children Have Happy Childhood Today, Not Tomorrow.

Most people make brighter by the memories of their childhood with scents of
glorious feasts, mum's hugs and kisies, gifts and fairy-tales.

Nevertheless there are lots of children who have never experienced a feeling of
bliss being at home.  They are not aware of Mother's love or Father's care.  We
can't deny the fact that so many helpless children or babies are left in asylums,
hospitals or in the streets.

Immediate help for children is the main idea of our project.  Our company "VILTIS"
- "HOPE"
is here and in the Third World countries to help those who are in need.
You may support us by donating clothing and footwear.  Be sure it will be a great
support for poor families, orphans and asylums.

 

WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

Clean, Dry clothes, Underwear - ladies, gents & children's; Footwear - ladies
gents & children - (in pairs, please); Bed linen; Towels; Handbags & Belts (in good
condition, please);

N!B!  Our collectors are not allowed to collect cash donations.  After your
collection bags are filled, please, leave them outside your front door on the day
indicated below.

Our collectors start at 8.00 a.m.  (Please leave your bags out before this time)
and work all day long.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
YOUR COLLECTION DAY:

FRIDAY                                                          viltis

Company cars have special mark
This project is authorised by a collection permit by your local Council.
We are available at www.Viltis.eu

Each of us is different yet united in our dream of love and hope and kindness.
Let our hearts and minds be ready to share with the poor.  Let they not be denied
their right to live in a happy and decent world.  Let the children have their happy
childhood of fun and laughter.  God bless you ,,VILTIS".

The Viltis sticker above - our comments:

  • The collection would be "charitable..." under British law (see the 1939 Act).
  • Note the sentence:
    "This project is authorised by a collection permit by your local Council."
    (We've long argued that similar wording should be put on leaflets in the UK.)
  • No address or telephone number is given.
  • The heading "Clothing [and] Footwear" is unusual
    - we can't recall any other collector mentioning footwear in the heading.
  • There's no mention of Lithuania.
  • No finishing time is given - they just say they "work all day long".
  • Some of the wording on the sticker is a bit weird.

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