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June 10, 2015

British Charity Regulator Sees Spike in Solicitation Complaints

The agency that sets fundraising guidelines for British charities has seen complaints skyrocket since the death last month of a 92-year-old woman who was heavily targeted for appeals, reports the Press Association.

The Fundraising Standards Board received 384 complaints about solicitations from May 25 to June 5, compared to 488 all of last year, with more than a third of complainants citing charity approaches to elderly or vulnerable people.

Olive Cooke, who had gained national attention for her seven decades selling poppies to raise money for a British military charity, was found dead May 6 after she leaped into a gorge in Bristol, England. She had told relatives that she was besieged by phone and mail solicitations, and her apparent suicide prompted calls for tighter regulations on fundraising. Ms. Cooke's family has said that while the appeals were intrusive, they were not to blame for her death.