We got a flier titled ‘ developing world appeal’ through our letter box. Nothing unusal in that you’d say but it was put through at 4:30 in the morning. I had heard some noise went and checked it out to discover nothing out of order. I was told in the morning that the leaflet put through the letterbox wasnt there the previous night when we went to bed. The noise that woke me wasn’t a simple leaflet through the letter box for sure, I can only imagine that it was someone checking to see if the front door was open – the doors in our estate, like many modern ones, have doors that you can just walk in unless they’re locked with a key.

It is unfortunate that Enable Ireland, amongst others, are being squeezed out by thugs. I have also heard that most of these dodgey clothes collectors have their final destination of eastern block countries, they make their money. Older leaflets used to mention Africa and 3rd World etc, these only mention Developing countries which basically could be anywhere so no false claim is being made…

I’m all for helping out so we hold out for the legitmate charities or on occasion drop the stuff into a charity shop in town. I know it’s tempting just to get rid of it to the first person that shows up on the door but you’re funding something dodgey that could go onto something more sinister and affect you r someone you know.