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Bogus charity collection?

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Joined 01-01-2003
Posted on Tuesday, 07 June, 2005 - 09:05 am:   

The following was received this morning from a Forest Hill reader:

"I was leafleted by a company called Arkbell Ltd, asking to leave out unwanted clothes. The claim was that this would somehow help out third world countries. As I'd never heard of them before I did a quick check on the internet and no-one seemed to have a good word about them. Apparently they are a profit making company and Trading Standards have issued a warning."
Joined 16-06-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 22 June, 2005 - 05:35 pm:   

This was actually mentioned on a tv programme a few months ago. The company do collect clothing and do send it by the container load to developing countries, the majority going to Eastern Europe. They then SELL the clothing, 6 or 7 items for the equivalent of approximately 50p. If you consider how many clothes would fit into a 40' container it's not difficult to imagine the profits they make from a resource that they have obtained at no cost at all.
My suggestion if you have unwanted items to give away, take them to your nearest charity shop. It's fairly clear what they do with them.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 01 July, 2005 - 12:25 pm:   

I think you perhaps you be happy your clothing is being re cycled.
If Eastern Europe more likely a 13.6 metre trailer than a 40 ft cont.
Selling to cover ones cost and a little profit seems OK. Do you think collections in London , sorting and loading , and road freight comes free
Joined 16-06-2005
Posted on Sunday, 03 July, 2005 - 12:23 pm:   

Can't disagree with what you say. If I don't want something and someone can make money from my refuse then good luck to them. But I'd like them to tell me honestly what they intend to do with it and not portray themselves as a charitable institution, normally called lying, or evading the truth to give them the benefit of the doubt.
About the measurements; I stand corrected.

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