MP backs charity boosts - but says take care

Community Rugby Coach Chris Lowden along with Ian Cockcroft, Dalu Piliso and Ashley Calvert at Colne and Nelson RUFC are presented with the award by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.'Photo Ben Parsons
Community Rugby Coach Chris Lowden along with Ian Cockcroft, Dalu Piliso and Ashley Calvert at Colne and Nelson RUFC are presented with the award by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.'Photo Ben Parsons

The month of Ramadan is a time when many local community organisations and mosques benefit from the generosity of the Muslim community.

Many charities are also raising desperately-needed funds to help the people affected by the famine in East Africa at this time.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson and the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, together are encouraging people who want to give to charity to check if the charity they are donating to is registered with the Charity Commission, and to follow the commission’s safer giving advice. The Charity Commission offers safer-giving advice around all major fund-raising drives and emergency appeals.

All registered charities are listed on the online register of charities on the Charity Commission’s website: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

Donors can check the name or number of the charity against the register to see if an organisation is registered and check its number and details before giving. The commission’s safer giving advice for donors covers a variety of fund-raising methods including giving online, giving in response to TV appeals, donations of goods, particularly clothing and giving cash to public collections.

Mr Stephenson said: “We know that charitable giving is a very important part of Ramadan, and that many local Muslims will give generously to good causes to help those who are less fortunate, whether in the UK or overseas.

“The Charity Commission’s online register of charities makes it easy for people to check whether an organisation is a registered charity before giving.”