My sister sent me money from the Middle East where she is based (cabin crew) via Western Union. I had awful problems finding a WU where I could collect. There are a couple of branches near me in work but all had only sending facilities, but no receiving money facilities.
But then I located a Western Union near my house. I rang them and they confirmed I could collect and send.
So down I went this evening. It is a funny little shop...full of food from different countries, internet access, photocopier, fax services etc and Western Union!
It was quick and easy. Filled in a form, gave a copy of my id to the shop assistant, and after he keyed the details into the computer we were all done!