Charity Collection Exemptions

The following charities or their third party fundraisers have advised us that they collect in our borough. They do not need a licence because they hold a National Exemption Order issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for collections either carried out by themselves or on their behalf by a commercial fundraising company. This list covers House to House Collections of cash, direct debits and clothing collections as indicated. The full list of exempted charities is available on this page via the link.

  • Action for Children (Clothes Aid)
  • ADRA UK (cash collections)
  • Against Breast Cancer (Recycling Clothes Company Limited*). 
  • Age UK (cash and clothing collections)
  • Air Ambulance Service (RAMs Collections Limited)
  • Barnardo's (cash and direct debit collections Capll Ltd))
  • Christian Aid (cash collections)
  • Childrens Air Ambulance (Clothes Aid)
  • NSPCC (Clothes Aid)
  • Make a Wish Foundation (Clothes Aid)
  • National Kidney Federation (Recycle Proline)
  • Royal Air Forces Association (cash collections)
  • Royal British Legion (cash collections)
  • Save the Children (cash collections)
  • Scope (cash collections)
  • Shelter (cash collections)
  • The Fire Fighters Charity (Your Donation)
  • The RSPCA (Appco Uk - direct debit collections)
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tree of Hope (SOS Clothes Ltd)
  • Troop Aid
  • * A complaint made by a member of the public to the Fundraising Regulator was investigated by them and subsequently externally reviewed at the chartiy's request.  You can read the summary report here.

The following charities make appeals for donations to their charity shops but most do not carry out clothing collections (Age Uk does but it has a National Exemption Order), so they do not need a licence:

The following charities have charity shops taking donations in Runnymede (we believe this list to be correct as at September 2019):

  • Addlestone - Age Uk, Oxfam, Princess Alice Hospice, Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Salvation Army
  • Chertsey -  Barnardo's, Children's Trust
  • Egham - Age Uk, British Heart Foundation, Blue Cross, Oxfam, Princess Alice Hospice, Sam Beare Hospice, Sue Ryder
  • Virginia Water - Age UK, Sam Beare Hospice.

Runnymede Borough Council also collects textiles from households. These should be placed in a clear plastic bag by your bin on collection day. Details can be found on our textiles recycling page.


'We are asking all charity collectors that have not already done so to cease activities to comply with PHE guidance on social distancing and avoiding going out except for essential reasons.  Licences that have been granted can, subject to availability, be moved to a future date. That new date will be confirmed upon receipt and consideration of such a request.  No new applications will be granted until further notice.

We are also asking nationally exempted charities and third party fundraisers to abide by this request and to follow guidance issued by the relevant national organisations and Central Government.'

For further guidance, please check the regular updates provided by Central Government: