Milton Keynes Council’s Trading Standards team has donated more 500 items of counterfeit clothing, including fake ‘Calvin Klein’ underwear, Foo Fighter and Prodigy T-shirts to the Milton Keynes Winter Shelter Project.
The items were among more than 2,500 counterfeit items seized by Milton Keynes Trading Standards last year in raids which led several prosecutions. The council successfully sought permission from the rightful trademark owners before donating the items.
The Winter Night Shelter is a partnership project between Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes YMCA and the faith communities of Milton Keynes.
Using seven church buildings across the city and hundreds of volunteers the project provides shelter for up to 15 people per night who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
Over the course of the winter the project has helped more than 50 of Milton Keynes’ most vulnerable residents by offering shelter, hot food and warm clothing.
Karen Ford, Head of Trading Standards, said: ”It’s fantastic that we are able to donate counterfeit clothing to such a worthy cause. It is hoped that with the agreement from trade mark holders, we can continue to support local charities wherever possible.’
Jane Forrest, Director of the IP Crime Unit said: “We are very pleased, as are our clients, to have been able to contribute to the excellent work being carried out by the Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter Project.
“Providing shelter for the homeless is especially important during the winter months and we appreciate the excellent support given to the project by Milton Keynes Council’s Trading Standards department.”