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Free trainers and shoes offered to homeless at Christmas Brangwyn event

Dozens of pairs of shoes and trainers confiscated during trading standards raids are being offered to the homeless in Swansea

Swansea Council's Trading Standards Team has previously carried out a series of operations which led to the seizure of more than £1 million of counterfeit goods, including clothes, footwear and perfume. 

Now the cases have concluded, the team has taken the opportunity to pass on some of the items to good causes instead of destroying them.

It means dozens of trainers will now be given to homeless people attending a special free Christmas event taking place in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall.

The Council is supporting the annual event which has been organised by JR Events and Catering.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management said: "We often get asked what happens to counterfeit items that our Trading Standards have seized during their activities.

"Where possible, we work with local charities or take advantage of events such as the one taking place in the Brangwyn Hall. 

"Items of clothing will have the counterfeit branding removed and we can then pass them on to those in need instead of them being destroyed.

"It's a fantastic way for us to help pass on useful items to those very much in need."

Andrea Lewis Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "We're delighted to support this important event. It's not just about helping the homeless and rough sleepers - It's about people who are vulnerable, people who are lonely and isolated at Christmas time. 

"This event reflects exactly what the title of it is this year - together at Christmas."

Along with the free footwear, other local charities are also attending the event and will be handing out items of clothing which have been donated for the event.


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