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What to do about the begging letters?

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I’m sure I should know this but is there some organisation I can contact to stop the flood of charity appeals that arrive at mum’s house in every post? She was always a supporter of a couple of charities and I wonder if they’ve sold her data to others? Thing is, some of the letters, especially the ones from animal and children’s charities, really upset her, as I suppose they’re meant to. I look in her cheque book and see she’s written half a dozen cheques for £2 to all these charities, which of course just brings in more post. I’ve tried calling some of them and asking them to take her off their list but it doesn’t seem to make much difference, and there are too many for me to phone them all. But as they’ve got her details from somewhere, and she’s sent cheques to a lot of them, I’m thinking it may not count as junkmail. Anyway, any thoughts welcome!


  • I’m sure I should know this but is there some organisation I can contact to stop the flood of charity appeals that arrive at mum’s house in every post? She was always a supporter of a couple of charities and I wonder if they’ve sold her data to others? Thing is, some of the letters, especially the ones from animal and children’s charities, really upset her, as I suppose they’re meant to. I look in her cheque book and see she’s written half a dozen cheques for £2 to all these charities, which of course just brings in more post. I’ve tried calling some of them and asking them to take her off their list but it doesn’t seem to make much difference, and there are too many for me to phone them all. But as they’ve got her details from somewhere, and she’s sent cheques to a lot of them, I’m thinking it may not count as junkmail. Anyway, any thoughts welcome!

    I think MPS is the right place to start (and make sure you have registered with Telephone Preference Service too). We have the same problem as you Jane, and sometimes I think getting donors like my mother is just what these charities deserve. She too sends cheques for tiny amounts to multiple charities, and what with the postage, the cost of processing the cheque, the letter back to her to thank her for her donation, it must always cost them more than what she donates!! However I do grab any chance to go through her post if I can, and return letters to charities with ‘return to sender, delete from list’ scrawled across the envelope. I don’t think it really reduces the number of letters she gets but it does seem to have stopped it growing any bigger. 

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