MEMBERS of the Salvation Army are urging residents to beware bogus collectors as they get ready for their own big collection.
Throughout September volunteers will be collecting donations, armed with permits, but there are concerns bogus callers will try and take advantage of the generosity people show.
Major David House, from the Colchester Citadel, said: “Collectors will be calling door to door for donations, and 100 per cent of all donations made to the collection will help people in need.
“This year the Big Collection will help thousands of people every day and illustrates the life-changing impact that unconditional Christian love, practical support and professional help can have on people who come into contact with The Salvation Army.
“Public donations to our Big Collection are vital to ensure we can continue our work.
“Please watch out for official Big Collection collectors who all carry a permit, which can be produced on request, and who will only be asking for cash donations using pre delivered Salvation Army donation envelopes or sealed Salvation Army collection tins.”
Alternatively donations can also be made to the annual appeal by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.uk/bigcollection or at the charity shop in High Street or Salavation Army headquarters in Butt Road, Colchester.
Last year £2.2 million was raised nationwide helping towards the £80million annual cost of the Salvation Army.
The money helps provide support to those with addictions, mental health issues, emergency relief, residential care for the eldery.
The charity also helps reunite ten families a day, supports victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and provides professional support to improve and mend broken lives.