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The Drops of Help

March 2011. Dropped through our letterbox - a clothing collection leaflet from a company we hadn't heard from before.

 

Have you wondered about the people behind leaflets like these? The ones that seem to have charitable aims, are they registered charities? Or even legitimate companies? Will the stuff you donate find its way to "orphans, "asylums" and "poor families, and other good causes?

 

My set Good Cause Collections shows a selection of leaflets and some useful links.

 

ABOUT THE DROPS OF HELP LTD

 

I searched online at Companies House - the official register of UK companies. It showed TheDropsofHelp Ltd listed with the company number (07121674 ) on the leaflet above. It was incorporated on 11 January 2010 and its business was described as: “Retail second-hand goods in stores”. Its status (last checked 17 January 2013) was “Active”.

 

The clear message from its leaflet was that TheDropsofHelpLtd collects for "good causes". But it did not claim to be a charity and my search on the Charity Commission website (originally on 25 June 2011 and on 17 January 2013) showed no charity with that name.

 

Where's the Website?

 

The company used to have a well written and informative website www.tdoh.org.uk/. But that link no longer worked on 17 January 2013. Instead it took me to what seemed to be a holding page. The website Charity Bags didn't list any updated information. (It's an excellent volunteer-run website which gives information on clothing collection companies.)

 

The lack of an online address is unfortunate. As I mentioned, the previous website was informative. For example, there was a map showing the location of its business in Beckton, London E6. And the name and contact details of Mrs Asta Puziene - described as the Company Manager.

 

If anyone - including the company itself - can supply a new website address, please let me know.

 

So should you consider donating clothes and other items if a leaflet arrives from The Drops of Help?

My previous advice was to look at the website before deciding. At present you may prefer to give to a registered charity including your local charity shop.

 

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From a set of photos with comments and links about companies

which organise household collections of unwanted clothing and

other items.

 

§ Click here for an overview and some useful links.

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Some information on this page was last updated on 17 January 2013.

For up-to-date information please follow the links given above.

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