Spinal cord injury charity Aspire has sounded the alarm on a door-to-door fundraising scam in north London, which is undermining support for its own bona fide swimming event in September.
Members of the public have called Aspire's offices to say that they have handed over money to people collecting for events supposedly being run by Aspire. Police are investigating.
Jenny Page, head of fundraising at Aspire, said the bogus fundraisers claim to be raising money for a swimming event for epilepsy patients, to be held at Aspire's national training centre. She added that three separate complaints had been received, suggesting that the fraudsters were persistent offenders.
The Aspire Channel Swim hopes to attract up to 10,000 people who will swim the distance of the English Channel in pools across Britain over 12 weeks from September.