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Charity warns about bogus recycling bags

People in Birmingham are being warned not to hand over clothing to organisations claiming to recycle them on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, because the money raised is not being passed onto the charity.

It has been reported that organisations have been distributing clothing recycling bags with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s old red, white and blue logo, without the charity’s agreement.

Iain Mcandrew, Director of Income Generation at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said:

“We are very grateful to all those who support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and help raise vital funds for research.

Unfortunately charities sometimes fall victim to criminal activity which is extremely damaging to the public’s confidence and could affect their willingness to continue with their generous support.

We have reason to believe that our old charity sacks carrying the old red, white and blue Cystic Fibrosis Trust logo are in circulation.

These are no longer our official bags and should be disposed of immediately. Anyone who is in any doubt about the recycling bags they receive should contact the charities concerned to ensure that they are genuine.”

One in three cystic fibrosis sufferers die waiting for a transplant

A charity is warning that cystic fibrosis sufferers could die before they receive a lung transplant which could save their lives.

The genetic diseases causes the lungs and digestive system to clog up with mucus and for some, their only option of survival is to have a transplant.

But statistics revealed today show that one in three die waiting.

Mark Westworth from Erdington, north Birmingham, is waiting for a transplant and says without one, he'll die.

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Her own hair salon at just 21: the businesswoman determined to succeed

Setting up your own business in the current economic climate is never going to be easy, but one enterprising 21-year-old, has more obstacles than most to overcome.

Becki Stone from Leicestershire has Cystic Fibrosis. She has to take between 30 and 40 tablets a day and have regular physio to keep her lungs clear. But with a great deal of determination she's just fulfilled her lifelong ambition and opened her own hairdressing salon. Jane Hesketh reports.

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