RESIDENTS across the North West are being warned not to hand over clothing to people or organisations claiming to recycle them on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, because the activity is not genuine and the money raised is not being passed onto the charity.

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

The trust has warned these clothing collection requests are being carried out illegally and is now helping the police with their inquiries.

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.”

The trust is now calling on residents to provide any information they have about the disused sacks.

If you have any information about the disused charity sack you can let the Cystic Fibrosis Trust know by emailing or by contacting the local police.

If you wish to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through their online recycling scheme, please visit

Money goes towards developing better treatments and investing in cutting edge research to help beat cystic fibrosis for good.