Chuggers give fundraising 'a bad name' say Watford charities

Watford Observer: Chuggers give fundraising 'a bad name' say Watford charities Chuggers give fundraising 'a bad name' say Watford charities

Watford charities have welcomed the town centre crackdown on "chuggers" saying the aggressive practice gave fundraising as a whole "a bad name".

The Watford New Hope Trust said the method, which sees workers try to convince passersby to sign up to direct debit payments to charities, was largely used by large national charities.

Watford Observer:

The homeless charity, which is based in Queen’s Road, said the workers were often on commission and did not have the interest of the charity at heart.

Wil Berdinner, fundraising and communications director at the trust, said: "New Hope has never been involved in chugging as a fundraising method, nor do we intend to.

"Many street fundraisers do not work directly for the charity they represent and some even work on a commission basis, so it is often the case that they don’t hold the core interest of the charity at heart. Over the years, this has given charity fundraising, as a whole, a bad name."

Watford Observer:

The comments come after politicians at Watford Borough Council voted to ban the chuggers, which is shorthand for charity muggers, from The Parade.

They will only be able to operate in High Street between Clarendon Road and King Street,

Carol Tunstall, Fundraising Manager at Watford Mencap added: "As a local charity, Watford Mencap aims to build an ongoing relationship with our supporters where both sides feel comfortable with our activities.  Therefore ‘chugging’ is not something we would support or want to be associated with."

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:41pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Local charities don't like them, councillors don't like them, residents of Watford and visitors don't like them. The solution is obvious, it's time to chuck out the chuggers and ban them from the high street altogether
Local charities don't like them, councillors don't like them, residents of Watford and visitors don't like them. The solution is obvious, it's time to chuck out the chuggers and ban them from the high street altogether Wacko Jacko
  • Score: 10

6:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

HornetJJ says...

The part of the High Street between Clarendon Road and King Street is the area where most of them are anywhere so it won't make any difference.
The part of the High Street between Clarendon Road and King Street is the area where most of them are anywhere so it won't make any difference. HornetJJ
  • Score: 6

2:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

Wacko Jacko wrote:
Local charities don't like them, councillors don't like them, residents of Watford and visitors don't like them. The solution is obvious, it's time to chuck out the chuggers and ban them from the high street altogether
I agree that there are too many and there is a danger we could suffer from charity exhaustion and local charities suffer.

However one needs to be careful as the great and good always seem to find it so easy to demonise young people as with so many other groups in society.

Have you spoken to any of them because they are actually trying to get a foot on the first rung in the employment ladder and I've noticed them out trying to look cheerful in all sorts of inclement weather.

Unemployment amongst the young remains far too high.
[quote][p][bold]Wacko Jacko[/bold] wrote: Local charities don't like them, councillors don't like them, residents of Watford and visitors don't like them. The solution is obvious, it's time to chuck out the chuggers and ban them from the high street altogether[/p][/quote]I agree that there are too many and there is a danger we could suffer from charity exhaustion and local charities suffer. However one needs to be careful as the great and good always seem to find it so easy to demonise young people as with so many other groups in society. Have you spoken to any of them because they are actually trying to get a foot on the first rung in the employment ladder and I've noticed them out trying to look cheerful in all sorts of inclement weather. Unemployment amongst the young remains far too high. Cuetip
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

cameluk says...

There were three of them in a row down the road today, was polite to the first one, so so to the second and by the time the third one came up to me I was downright rude to her
There were three of them in a row down the road today, was polite to the first one, so so to the second and by the time the third one came up to me I was downright rude to her cameluk
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree