‘Aggressive’ charity agency goes into liquidation

sun charity 2The fundraising agency accused of targeting elderly people with aggressive doorstep techniques has gone into liquidation with the loss of 130 jobs, just days after the Public Fundraising Association launched an investigation into the claims.
A spokesman for Neet Feet said the directors had put the company into liquidation but declined to comment further.
Earlier this month an undercover investigation by The Sun newspaper claimed fundraisers employed by Neet Feet were encouraged to approach properties that displayed “no-cold-calling stickers”.
Meanwhile several of Neet Feet’s fundraisers had also served time in prison for crimes including robbery and domestic violence, according to the newspaper, and others bragged of signing up elderly donors, including an old man who “looked brain dead”, a “disabled, old, vulnerable woman” and that poor and uneducated targets are easier to sign up “because they’ll believe anything that we say”.
The Fundraising Regulator was also set to investigate the agency, which worked on behalf of charities including Save the Children, Unicef UK, Action for Children, the Children’s Trust and the learning disability charity Hft. All five charities suspended their contracts after The Sun’s story.

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