Just had british red cross women at my door in heeley. And it sounded a bit dubious. She gave the whole spiel about how much will go towards certain things, mentioned australia and mentioned that they were first on the scene during the sheffield floods. When i asked for the web address.....she seemed to guess at britishredcross.org .....when its actually www.redcross.org.uk ......asked if they had a sheffield centre, she said "they dont as why would she be out door to door" ....but then how were they first on the scene.......she didnt want any money but wanted my details......I also asked for any leaflets......she had none, not even a small card etc.
Is this normal............has anyone had similar?
ps: can any mod put an "e" in the title .... cheers :)
I had a chap at my door from the red cross a few months back. Much the same, wanted contact details, and kept saying he wasn't after any kind of donation/subscription etc.
When I asked if the person who would contact me would be he started backtracking.
They're just doing their job I know, but if I want to donate to a chairty I'll decide what it is and seek it out.
One of the problems is that charities think that these door-to-door Direct Debit operations are good for them.
If they realised how much ill will they generate they might think twice and give us a bit of peace.
Every time they come, ask for their identification and copy their details.
Ask them how much their commission is and where your money will be going to.
Later contact the charity directly and let them know of your objections.
I been in the area earlier and seen a couple of people with red cross tabards on doing door to door. There been round sharrow as well. If concern phone red cross.
I got stopped by someone on Fargate collecting for the Red Cross recently who when I said I never signed up for anything in the street asked "why?" - ummmm, because I don't want to mainly!!
He still pushed me when I told him I am a volunteer for the red cross anyway and that is how I give to them as a charity (that's true by the way I haven't made it up!!) But they do have an office in Sheffield so it's possible the person collecting was one that works for these agencies in town that do collections for multiple chaities and they get paid based on how many DDs they get signed up. Anyone that actually works with the red cross specifically in Sheffield would know about their office in Brightside!
It makes me mad they put pressure on you the way they do and don't like to give you information to take away with you for you to make a decision (again because if you work for one of those agency things and they don't sign up there & then you don't get any commission).
The guy collecting in town said he didn't work for an agency and did have ID so I think he actually worked for the Red Cross. Door to door collecting must be cost effective for charities else they wouldn't continue to do it but unfortunately a lot of people don't thnk to sign up for charity donations unless someone fills half the form in and gives you a pen just to sign the DDM, imply becuase it doesn't occur to them to do it. I just smile politely and explain calmly why I don't wish to sign up there and then whilst applauding them for their passion for collecting! Polite, simple & effective.
I never give anything on the doorstep,except a neighbour who is 75 and does the 1/2 marathon every year.