Huge haul of fake clothing helps charity

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FAKE designer clothing with an estimated street value of £300,000 has been donated to a charity which helps people in need at home and abroad, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has announced.

Thousands of items of fake designer clothing, seized by Trading Standards are being donated to the International Aid Trust which raises money to support people in need across the UK and internationally.

Fake Adidas T-shirts, Calvin Klein underwear and Ugg boots accounted for some of the clothing and footwear donated.

The clothing is completely debranded before being distributed to help needy people in countries such as Sierra Leone and Romania. This action has the complete support of the brand owners.

This is the second haul of fake designer clothing donated to the International Aid Trust in the last 6 months. In August 2011, clothing with a street value of £200,000 was donated by the Service. This means that in half a year, the service has donated fake clothing with a street value of half a million pounds.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said:

“Each year Warwickshire Trading Standards seize thousands of items of counterfeit designer clothing.”

“Rather than the clothing being destroyed or dumped in landfill, it is wonderful that we are able to put this clothing to good use and support the International Aid Trust in this way.

“The charity works in the UK and over forty other countries and has helped many thousands of people in need, including a great many children.”

The International Aid Trust is a Christian humanitarian charity that seeks to help people in need both in the UK and abroad.