Community fundraising protesters plan to rip up cheques

Charity events 'hampered by complicated and off-putting licenses'

A Devon man is organising a series of public events at which donors will tear up cheques in protest at the system of licensing community fundraising events.

Richard Searight says charities are missing out on thousands of pounds each year because communities cannot legally come together to raise money without first obtaining a number of "complicated and off-putting" licences.

To highlight the issue, Searight is holding Tearing up Cheques for Charity events where people destroy cheques that cannot be given to good causes because the events are not officially licensed.

He is petitioning for a change in the regulations so that communities would need only one permanent licence to hold fundraising events instead of having to apply for a new licence for each event.

He is hoping for support from other local communities and charities throughout the UK.

"We need a simple permanent licence that allows communities to carry on being communities," he said.

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