Picture of Street fundraising workers on Albion Street in Leeds city centre.
I was unsure which story to run with here today, was it to be the Barclays saga or street fund raising workers. I said my piece to the Yorkshire Post reporter who asked me for my view on the Barclays story yesterday. Also I think this is a story that will run and run. So street fundraising it is.
Over the last few years there has been a rise in the phenomenon of the street charity fundraisers. I never really noticed them until I started this blog and was spending more time on the streets both in Leeds city centre and also some of the towns around the city.
I have spoken to several of the young people doing this job here in the city if only to get an idea of what it is all about and also have featured a couple of them on the blog. I have found them to be polite, idealistic, enthusiastic and genuinely well meaning. To be fair I tend to chat with the newer recruits to this industry and I am always surprised by what seems to me to be a very high burn rate or churn rate.
Charities today have changed from being mostly about the "charitable" thing that they do to being much more like big business. Many of the high streets here in the UK have several charity shops, not necessarily run by volunteers as they used to be but run by paid employees.
I took the above photo late yesterday afternoon on Albion Street in the city centre. Although there are 3 charity fund raisers in the picture there was I think also one more. You cannot miss them with their red hooded tops moving around in the middle of this pedestrian street. The girl in the centre of the picture later stopped me and asked if I could spare a minute... I said I liked her red Hunter shoes and she was a nice young woman from a nice family.
I first heard the term chugger from one of the cities better known buskers. A small part of me agrees with this sentiment. What do you think?
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