Collecting money is the street is a hassle – but if you can handle all the paperwork involved, can be a good way to raise funds. Collections at railway and tube stations are much easier to organise, and might be a better idea for most of us. You can also try collecting at your local supermarket.
Registered charities can apply to hold a fundraising collection at National Rail stations (like Paddington, Charing Cross and Victoria, for example).
For more information, visit the Network Rail website
Registered charities can apply to do a charity collection at a London Underground station.
It’s a simple process:
For more information, visit the Transport for London website
Street charity collections are heavily regulated, and you might decide that it just isn’t worth the trouble. The regulations include the following requirements:
If you decide to go ahead with a street collection, all the information you need is on the Metropolitan Police website
There are two Tesco Metro supermarkets in and around Westminster (Covent Garden and Victoria). Each store makes its own decisions about charity collections, so you need to contact the store directly if you want to do a collection. Tesco Express stores do not allow charity collections.
There are four Waitrose stores in the Westminster area (Porchester Road; Edgware Road; Marylebone High Street; and Tottenham Court Road). Waitrose doesn’t allow charity collections in its stores, but its Community Matters scheme donates between £500 and £1,000 a month to local charities. Call in store to nominate your organisation for a share of the monthly donation.
The Charity Commission recommends that you have proper financial controls to ensure that money raised from collections is handled properly, and that you and your organisation are not open to any accusations of wrong-doing.
For more information about your responsibilities in fundraising, read the Charity Commission publication Internal Financial Controls for Charities
There are lots of suppliers of collection boxes and buckets online. We don’t have any specific recommendations, but you could try the following companies:
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