Issued By
  West Yorkshire Trading
  Standards Service






A consignment of counterfeit goods seized by WYTSS over the recent months from car boot sales and market traders throughout the region are to be handed over to a national charity.

The collection of goods, including branded clothing, CDs, videos and Playstation games will be handed to BDF Newlife, the trading arm of the Birth Defects Foundation, a national charity dedicated to improving child health.

The clothing will be expertly processed to remove counterfeit branding and once debranded, they will be sold through the Charity’s retail outlets.  The CDs, videos and games will be wiped clean, inlay cards removed, and sold to raise money to benefit child health.

The profits made from processing these items will help the charity to benefit the thousands of children and families affected each year in some way by birth defects.  Over 48,000 families are affected each year in the UK alone.

The Births Defects Foundation funds vital and pioneering child health research, whilst BDF’s “Here to Help” telephone, email and postal service provides information, comfort and support to those concerned about, at risk of, or affected by birth defects.

Martin Wood, Chief Officer to West Yorkshire Joint Services said, “In the past we have donated counterfeit audio cassettes to the Blind Institutes, and this is another example of seized items being put to good use by worthy causes.

Pip Tibbetts BDF Newlife’s Corporate Services Assistant says, “We are so pleased that West Yorkshire Trading Standards are taking such a positive move in recycling their seized goods.  We can provide a secure and green route for disposal, whilst raising vital funds to help child health”.

For further information contact:-


David Lodge Principal Trading Standards Officer 0113 289 8243

Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager/ General Media Contact 0113 289 8218




Every day in the UK 124 babies are born with some form of birth defect.  Sadly 25 of these will not live to see their seventh birthday.

BDF Newlife’s profits are legally transferred to the Birth Defect Foundation, a UK registered charity.

BDF funds research into the prevention, treatment and  management of birth defect- syndromes, diseases and malformations.

BDF’s “Here to Help” service provides information, comfort and support through its telephone, email and postal helpline service.  This confidential service is professionally manned by nurses.

Telephone 08700 707020


BDF also campaigns to raise the level awareness amongst the public and decision makers.



The official hand-over of the goods is to take place on Tuesday 28th August and items will be made available for photographs.