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Poll: do fundraisers go too far?

This poll is over 6 years old

Charity fundraising is an annoyance for some and friends say it was a major cause of stress for 92-year-old Olive Cooke, who died recently. Do some fundraising tactics go too far? What do you think?

Poll: do fundraisers go too far?


The UK's fundraising regulation bodies are to review the fundraising code of practice after a storm of negative media stories surrounding the death of 92-year-old poppy seller Olive Cooke. Mrs Cooke had been bombarded with requests for donations from charities, receiving hundreds of letters and phonecalls, resulting in some friends and family members claiming the stress contributed to her death.

Fundraising bodies claim a quick call to a charity can have you easily removed from a contact list and that charities have guidelines that should prevent them from harassing vulnerable people. But is this working? Recent research suggests that half of us are still annoyed by fundraising phonecalls or knocks on our doors.

What do you think? Have fundraising tactics become too agressive? Is saying no becoming increasingly stressful? Or are fundraisers just doing the best they can in an increasingly competitive world?

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Patricia Rudd
about 6 years ago
Yes'they are going to far on Tues evening this week a charity fundraiser from Marie curie rung my doorbell at 8-55 in the evening, I told him it was far to late, I rang Marie curie who did apologise the following day, but said they are allowed to come around until nine o clock. That's far to late in my opinion