Richmondshire District Council

House-to-house charity collections

House-to-house charitable collections, now more than ever, are an important source of income for local and national charities.

Charities or commercial companies collecting on behalf of charities are required to obtain a licence from us before they can run a house-to-house collection. This helps to ensure that collections are not carried out under false pretences or under fraudulent circumstances.


Authorised charities this month

During August the following charities have obtained a licence and are authorised to collect house-to-house collections in the local area: 

  • Child and Teenage Cancer and Leukaemia Foundation - 9 to 15 August 2021
  • Transformation for Veterans - 16 to 22 August 2021
  • National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline - 23 to 30 August 2021

Do not donate items to North of England Children's Cancer Research via their charity bags. We have been informed by the charity that their clothing collection bags are being distributed in the area without the charity's consent. The charity will not receive any funds from any donations given. The Police have been informed about the misuse of these bags. 

Charities exempt from obtaining a licence

As well as the authorised charities listed above, a number of national charities are also legally allowed to run a charity collection without needing to obtain a licence from the council.

  • Scope will be carrying out door to door fundraising via Direct Debit collection throughout August in Richmondshire

Rogue collectors 

Unfortunately not all charity collections are legitimate. Rogue collectors ask for donations to be left for collection using a bag or leaflet that looks similar to legitimate charities. If you receive a request like this always check for a charity registration number rather than a company registration number on their paperwork or bag.

If you are still unsure of the authenticity of a charity collection, we recommend that you drop off your goods in person at one of your local charity shops or organisations.

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