'Charity hugger' in, 'chugger' out?

Helen Barrett

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association is considering adopting a policy that would encourage people to use the phrase 'charity hugger' rather than 'charity mugger' in a bid to remove the negative connotations of street fundraising.

The PFRA is thinking about adopting a policy for its members on the issue at its executive board meeting on 27 September. The body says 'chugger', when used as shorthand for 'charity mugger', taints the profession with a negative image.

Nik Earl, communications manager at the PFRA, said the subject had been discussed informally. "It is something that we would make a policy decision on, but bigger issues are likely to take priority," she said.

- See News Analysis, page 10, and Editorial, page 22.

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