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Do you know where your 'children's cancer' cash is going?

Town centre campaign is a business – not a charity

John Garvey

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Do you know where your 'children's cancer' cash is going?

THIS woman is collecting a small fortune in cash from shoppers who think they are aiding a children's cancer charity.

They are not.

And, when challenged by the Newbury Weekly News, the woman and her female colleague conceded it was strictly business.

She said: "We're selling leaflets, that's all. That's what we tell everybody. We don't claim to be a charity."

That was news to some of the people we watched donating coins and even notes, one of whom said she lost her own son to cancer and had made a generous donation believing it was for a good cause.

The women were accosting shoppers in Bridge Street, Newbury, calling out – "spare change... children's cancer".

In return for the 'donation', they handed out a leaflet which claimed childhood cancer can be prevented by consuming the correct nutrition.

Another woman who handed over money, whose son survived his own bout with cancer, said: "Nutrition can not prevent cancer. I thought this was for legitimate research."

The leaflets are published by Salubrious Periodicals, whose website no longer exists.

A spokesman for the Newbury BID, Russell Downing, said he had reported the women to West Berkshire Council's trading standards department.

However callers who complain of the women's activity to the council are told that they do not need a street trading licence because they are selling periodicals.

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  • rosebud

    14/03/2017 - 17:05

    Went up to Reading today and lo and behold these women were in the high street there, still rattling their buckets saying 'childhood cancer', when I challenged one of them they said 'its a new way of collecting'.

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  • Sir William

    12/03/2017 - 18:06

    Why is everyone so surprised ? This sort of scam has been going on for years on every High Street in the land . The only reason they are there is because of a gullible public . If you need to support a charity do so by sending your donation direct .

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    • Bombey

      13/03/2017 - 08:08

      Has it? or are you confusing this ruse with chuggers?

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  • GreenhamPete

    11/03/2017 - 13:01

    They may not claim to be a charity, but they rattle a bucket for donations, so definitely trying to act like one and mislead the public. She wanted to charge me £3 for a tatty brochure!

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  • Mossplanktor

    11/03/2017 - 11:11

    I gave them a quid, i want it back!

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