There has been “possible fradulent collection” of Foyle Search and Rescue’s orange collection boxes in a number of locations in Derry.
The charitable organisation posted a statement to its facebook page this morning, (September 19th) stating they have been “made aware” of the possibility that people are fraudently collecting the boxes.
Foyle Search and Rescue added that by law, it is required to account for all monies which have been “so generously donated by the people of this City.”
Chaiperson Stephen Twells said: “It is extremely disappointing for us to hear of this sort of activity going on. The donations from the collection boxes provide us with essential funds each month which goes used towards running costs. Foyle Search and Rescue is an extremely well thought of organisation throughout our City and further afield. On behalf of all the volunteers I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports us we could not do it without the generosity of the people of the City and region”.
The organisation stressed that only collectors with a valid ID are authorised to collect boxes on behalf of Foyle Search and Rescue.
They urged their 14,00-strong facebook followers to “please ask for ID” should their establishment be approached.
All ID badges will have a photo of the volunteer and will be signed by their chairman Stephen Twells. Should you feel that you have any questions reference the collection, you can call the office on 02871 313800 Monday – Thursday 9.00 am – 5.30pm Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm outside office hours on 07927076284 who will be able to confirm if a collection is taking place and by whom.