Charity bags can be misleading
Dear Sir, — We have recently had a charity bag delivered and I decided to look into it.
Please make readers aware these bags have been banned as the money is used mainly for their own commercial purposes.
There are many delivered and I urge anyone to take your unwanted items to the local charity shops rather than line the pocket of these rogues. — Yours faithfully,
In 2016 a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority — that the bags were misleading because the company’s commercial status was not sufficiently clear — found the ASA stating: “… the bags should not appear again in their current form as they were likely to give consumers the misleading impression that they were donating directly to the charity”. The bag design at that time had no mention of Recycle Proline on the front.
In 2018, Nick Phillips, founder and director of Cancer Research and Genetics UK, was reported to be “exploring legal options” against the Fundraising Regulator, after it “threatened” his charity and “bullied” him.
Mr Phillips, who lost his wife to cancer and suffers from it himself, said the Fundraising Regulator was threatening to name and shame him and his charity if he did not either stop using Recycle Proline, or go and monitor collections himself, according to civilsociety.co.uk
That website reported: “The Fundraising Regulator has been investigating Cancer Research and Genetics UK and its relationship with Recycle Proline Ltd since 2016, after it received a number of complaints from the public.
“The regulator referred the complaints to the ASA, which subsequently ordered Recycle Proline to ‘ensure its adverts clarified that it was a commercial organisation’ and to specify that ‘not all profits from donating clothes would go directly to the charity’”.
Recycle Proline has an arrangement with Cancer Research and Genetics whereby it pays the charity £3,200 a month regardless of the amount of clothing it collects using the branded collection bags. The company sells the used clothes on to rag merchants overseas.
In May 2018, the Children’s Hope Foundation, a Yorkshire-based charity was reported to the Fundraising Regulator after Recycle Proline delivered collection bags on its behalf without a licence.
The company was found distributing charity collection bags without a licence in Runnymede. Recycle Proline later applied for a licence, an application that Runnymede borough council rejected.