Bassetlaw MP John Mann is urging residents to give safely to charities this Christmas by remembering the ‘Safe Xmas’ acronym, developed by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).
Christmas is a traditional time for giving and charities work hard to raise money during this time to fund their work throughout the year.
Almost all collections are genuine, but some people will try to abuse the generosity of others for their own gain.
Mr Mann said: “The people of Bassetlaw are incredibly generous in giving both their time and money to good causes at Christmas. Many charities will be relying on these donations to fund their work in the year ahead and nobody can afford for these donations to go astray.”
“If you are asked to give money to charity and something doesn’t feel quite right or you just want to be completely sure, take a good look at the fundraising materials and follow the ‘Safe Xmas’ tips.”
Safety tips include searching for a charity’s name, registration number and asking to see a collector’s badge.
Visit www.gov.uk/charity-commission for more information.