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How do I know if a fundraiser is genuine?

If you come into contact with someone fundraising for the Red Cross, it is almost certain they are genuine. All fundraisers must carry and display an ID badge. Here is a full guide to recognising our fundraisers.

How to recognise a door-to-door fundraiser

How to recognise a street fundraiser

How to recognise a private-site fundraiser


How to recognise a door-to-door fundraiser

Door-to-door fundraisers© Info

Legitimate door-to-door fundraisers will be:

  • wearing a red or grey tabard, t-shirt, hooded jumper or jacket, with the British Red Cross emblem
  • displaying an Appco Group Support or British Red Cross identification badge with their name, photo and ID number
  • carrying a letter of authority from the British Red Cross.

Find out where our fundraisers are working now.

If you require further assurance, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0844 87 100 87, who will be able to verify the legitimacy of a fundraiser. You can also send your questions to supportercare@redcross.org.uk.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about our Appco agency fundraisers, please contact Appco Group Support’s helpline on 0800 031 9811.  

How to recognise a street fundraiser

Legitimate street fundraisers will be:

  • wearing a red jacket, hooded jumper or t-shirt with the British Red Cross emblem
  • displaying a British Red Cross identification badge with their name and photo.

Find out where our fundraisers are working now

If you require further assurance, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0844 87 100 87, who will be able to verify the legitimacy of a fundraiser. You can also send your questions to supportercare@redcross.org.uk.

How to recognise a private site fundraiser

Private site fundraiser© InfoLegitimate private site fundraisers will be:

  • displaying a Fundraising Initiatives or Care2Give identification badge with their name, photo and employee number
  • fundraising next to a British Red Cross stand.

Find out where our fundraisers are working now

If you require further assurance, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0844 87 100 87, who will be able to verify the legitimacy of a fundraiser. You can also send your questions to supportercare@redcross.org.uk

Alternatively, please contact the relevant agency helpline: Care2Give – 0800 840 7220 or Fundraising Initiatives – 0800 018 9961

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