Fears elderly upset by late night charity calls

Coun Christine Wright has raised concerns elderly people are being affected by late charity calls

Coun Christine Wright has raised concerns elderly people are being affected by late charity calls

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Calls were today made to stop charity workers from knocking on doors across Blackpool, amid fears the practice is could be intimidating for elderly residents.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s champion for older people, says she fears the door-knocking is having an effect on elderly people.

She has reported the issue to the council’s trading standards department after she herself had cold-callers from a charity on her doorstep at night.

And she is encouraging anyone who is concerned by late cold-callers to ring trading standards and report the problem themselves

Coun Wright said: “I am in a ‘no cold calling’ area and have a sticker on my front door, but I still had someone from a charity knocking on my door at about 7.45pm at night.

“I could handle it but I am concerned that if charities are sending people out at night to knock on people’s doors asking for their financial support, it can be inimidating for some older people and those who are vulnerable.

“If people want to give to charity they can do this through many other means and I just feel this is a step too far.”

Coun Wright urged more people to join the ‘no cold calling’ scheme by contacting the council.

She said: “If people display the sticker, they are buying into the scheme and they can get in touch with our trading standards department if they are at all worried.”

Coun Wright’s raising of the issue follows on from concerns raised Coun Maxine Callow about elderly people receiving unsolicited phone calls from sales companies late at night at home.

She said at times people were receiving several calls a night.

Anyone with concerns can call trading standards on (01253) 478375.

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