Charity shred to be staged at Chamber Means Business event

29th August 2017

More people than ever in this region are falling victim to identity fraud.

New figures show 11,130 cases were reported across Yorkshire and the Humber in 2016. Yet the simplest way to protect your identity is to ensure you don't throw it away, says a local expert stepping in to help Rotherham people stay safe by staging a shredding service in aid of charity in the town centre. A mobile shredding truck capable of dealing with two tonnes of paper an hour will be outside the New York Stadium during the Chamber Means Business exhibition being staged by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber on September 14. Up to six tonnes of documents, bills and bank receipts could be safely destroyed on the day for local businesses and members of the public, in exchange for voluntary donations to The Children's Hospital Charity. -We protect our possessions but we don't take the same care with our identities. Bank statements and utility bills are important documents that should be shredded instead of being thrown in the bin, or left in drawers. Don't let them fall into the wrong hands. Bring them along to the exhibition and help charity at the same time. Our van will be outside from 9.30am to 3pm, says Emma Moorhouse, of leading Sheffield security shredding and data storage specialist Russell Richardson. The Attercliffe company are sponsors of the Chamber event, which is expected to draw businesses from across the region. Every week its fleet of vans and giant shredding plant destroy around 200 tonnes of confidential paperwork for thousands of SMEs in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster. Its national clients include law firms, the head office of the Formula One Grand Prix team, numerous police forces, motor giants and even famous British fashion designers. But for the past 12 years it has raised over £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Sheffield Children's Hospital via its ID theft protection shredding service for the public., which asks only for a charity donation. Said Emma Moorhouse: -Many who use the service are moving house or clearing the home of a deceased relative. But everyone who does not need a Certificate of Destruction is welcome to drop off bags or boxes of paperwork at our depot on Clay Street, Attercliffe. For more information on the exhibition go to http://www.chambermeansbusiness.co.uk/

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