Going door-to-door for charity

A correspondent last week asked for people’s opinions on evening door-to-door charity collecting.

I’d certainly put money in a charity box in the evening, though if it was dark I’d ask who was outside first.

If it’s a question of arranging regular donations, I’d politely decline anyway because it’s a greater commitment.

Years ago. I worked in market research and we were allowed to work between 9am and 9pm and I don’t recall anyone complaining about the hour.

My main concern was to step back a few paces after I’d knocked because you never know what’s coming out – and you just wouldn’t believe what some people feel free to say to someone who knocks on their door at any time of day.

You do meet a larger number of friendly people though and you remember them with pleasure. Some of them decline, but they’re pleasant about it. I remember an elderly Welshman here with a collie dog. When I said a few words to the dog, the dog didn’t understand because he was Welsh too, so his master translated for him.

I can understand anyone being concerned about elderly people giving away more than they can afford and I think it’s a sound idea for them to have a ‘sorry’ notice up. (A door chain is a good idea too in any case.) There again, if people don’t want to be disturbed after a particular time, I imagine putting up your own notice would stop late callers.

Jacqueline Deeks

Wendy Ridge

Rustington

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