Do not let charity scam stop you from making a donation

GUILTY: Gang members Kim Chapman, Susan Christians and Ben Chapman.

GUILTY: Pauline Hunt.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy News Editor

THEY are the army of volunteers who give their spare time to help raise vital funds to support terminally ill cancer sufferers.

Next month around 25,000 people will help collect donations from the public for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s annual appeal nationwide.

Today charity chiefs urged Hampshire residents to keep showing their support after a gang was caught duping kind-hearted people who put their money into collecting tins they were rattling in pubs around the county.

As reported by the Daily Echo, the three men and three women carried out the fraud over three years, claiming they were raising money for the charity which supplies nurses free of charge to dying people in their homes and in hospices.

During police raids, officers found forged collection tin labels, letters and identity badges and bags of money, although it will never be known exactly how much they got away with.

Southampton Crown Court was told how the scam began after ringleader Gordon Coe, 65, of Mansel Road East, Millbrook, was accepted as a volunteer.

Others then collected money in the charity’s name, but without authorisation, before splitting the proceeds.

Now Coe, together with Benjamin Chapman, 43, and his wife Kim, of Pennine Road, Susan Christians, 64, of Drapers Copse, Dibden, and Pauline Hunt, 55, of Clover Nook, Redbridge, all face prison terms for their role in the crime.

A spokesman from Marie Curie Cancer Care said the charity was determined “not to let one bad apple give legitimate charity collectors a bad name”, adding that the vast majority were trustworthy and dedicated.

They said that legitimate collectors are overseen by staff from the charity and are issued with a collection permit to identify themselves, wear Marie Curie tabards and carry fully sealed tins.

The spokesman added: “These volunteers undergo rigorous checks from the outset, including selection meetings and references, to ensure they are trustworthy and dependable. We couldn’t raise the vital funds we need without them.”

Anyone concerned about collectors calling at their door or approaching them in a pub is asked to contact the charity direct on 0844 415 7854.

* Under the House to House Collections regulations 1947, anyone wanting to collect door to door for a charity must have a licence.

They have to apply for that through the council, giving their name, address and details, which can then be subject to a police check.

They also have to supply the name of the charity and its charity commission number as part of the process.

Southampton City Council has a register of people and organisations intending to collect by cold-calling at homes in the city at any one period of time. The same regulations apply for anyone collecting money in pubs, who are bound by the House to House Collections Act 1939.

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1:14pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

I really hope the Judge considers the possible impact on Charities receiving donations in this way when he sentences these vile creatures.

I collect for the Poppy Appeal in pubs and clubs and hope others don't remember this case in November, we need all the help we can get.
I really hope the Judge considers the possible impact on Charities receiving donations in this way when he sentences these vile creatures. I collect for the Poppy Appeal in pubs and clubs and hope others don't remember this case in November, we need all the help we can get. Outside of the Box
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4:01pm Tue 26 Feb 13

xx_samsie_xx says...

Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making! xx_samsie_xx
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5:53pm Tue 26 Feb 13

speedyuk says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !!
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !! speedyuk
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6:19pm Tue 26 Feb 13

localnews says...

The biggest crime is that we have to rely so heavily on charities in this day and age
The biggest crime is that we have to rely so heavily on charities in this day and age localnews
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8:10pm Tue 26 Feb 13

gillyman says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
oh no two more innocent people in a jail practically full of innocent people .......or so they say
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]oh no two more innocent people in a jail practically full of innocent people .......or so they say gillyman
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10:04pm Tue 26 Feb 13

xx_samsie_xx says...

speedyuk wrote:
xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !!
And how is this an admission of guilt??? They arent part of my family, i have just lost my dad to cancer and saying that the charity is close to my heart?!?!?!
[quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !![/p][/quote]And how is this an admission of guilt??? They arent part of my family, i have just lost my dad to cancer and saying that the charity is close to my heart?!?!?! xx_samsie_xx
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10:34pm Tue 26 Feb 13

laineysfc says...

I lost two Uncles to cancer last year and know the amazing work the Marie Curie Nurses do. How any person can try and personally benefit from someones agony and sorrow is beyond belief. There is no Court in the land that is able to hand down a "just" sentence to these so called human beings
I lost two Uncles to cancer last year and know the amazing work the Marie Curie Nurses do. How any person can try and personally benefit from someones agony and sorrow is beyond belief. There is no Court in the land that is able to hand down a "just" sentence to these so called human beings laineysfc
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10:36pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Georgem says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
speedyuk wrote:
xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !!
And how is this an admission of guilt??? They arent part of my family, i have just lost my dad to cancer and saying that the charity is close to my heart?!?!?!
Don't bother. The average Echo reader can barely string a sentence together, let alone apply reasoning to anything. I'm amazed some of them even manage to type, with their knuckles dragging on the ground like that.
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]Maybe the police shud come knocking in your door is that an admission of guilt !![/p][/quote]And how is this an admission of guilt??? They arent part of my family, i have just lost my dad to cancer and saying that the charity is close to my heart?!?!?![/p][/quote]Don't bother. The average Echo reader can barely string a sentence together, let alone apply reasoning to anything. I'm amazed some of them even manage to type, with their knuckles dragging on the ground like that. Georgem
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11:04pm Tue 26 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended.
The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended. IronLady2010
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9:36am Wed 27 Feb 13

speedyuk says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended.
Are you actually supporting these low life arse holes !!!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended.[/p][/quote]Are you actually supporting these low life arse holes !!! speedyuk
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11:15am Wed 27 Feb 13

MegGriffin says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Accidentally pocket the money did they?
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]Accidentally pocket the money did they? MegGriffin
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11:19am Wed 27 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
which two?
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]which two? Pikey-Biker
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11:42am Wed 27 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

@ ironlady

Indeed. Charity bosses and ceo have some substantial wages. Charities are the new business model of the future. Why if there are so many retail outlets shutting down charity shops are doing well ?
@ ironlady Indeed. Charity bosses and ceo have some substantial wages. Charities are the new business model of the future. Why if there are so many retail outlets shutting down charity shops are doing well ? Subject48
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12:26pm Wed 27 Feb 13

sparkle71 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended.
Totally agree with this, just because it is legal doesnt make it morally acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The biggest Chraity scam is the the wages paid to those at the top. A fraction of the money is given to where it is intended.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this, just because it is legal doesnt make it morally acceptable. sparkle71
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3:13pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Hairybiker100 says...

xx_samsie_xx wrote:
Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
Which two do you suggest are innocent ?
[quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]Which two do you suggest are innocent ? Hairybiker100
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3:14pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Hairybiker100 says...

****-Biker wrote:
xx_samsie_xx wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making!
which two?
Yeh, Come on. Which two are innocent....!
[quote][p][bold]****-Biker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xx_samsie_xx[/bold] wrote: Dont believe everything you read, 2 of these people are innocent and have been unknowingly dragged into this awful scam. People will make their own minds up but i know for a fact that they wouldnt have it in them to do this + cancer charity is so very close to mine + my families heart at the moment. Hope they realise the mistake they're making![/p][/quote]which two?[/p][/quote]Yeh, Come on. Which two are innocent....! Hairybiker100
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