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Kidderminster charity makes recycling aid plea
6:10am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER-based charity is appealing for a recycling company to convert a mountain of bottle tops into much-needed funds.
Cords4Life was set up in memory of two-year-old Charlie Harris-Beard, who died earlier this year, aiming to promote awareness of umbilical cord donation in his memory.
A team of volunteers at the charity organise the collection of plastic bottle tops and now have hundreds of large bags full awaiting recycling, which are filling a large unit donated by the Storage King self-storage facility in West Bromwich.
Charlie’s father, Joe Beard, said: “The team have worked wonders collecting from schools and households and we now have this mountain of bags filled with tops, which are kindly being housed at Storage King.
“Our aim is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the cancers that affect our children and to work with other registered charities to help progress initiatives.
“We can make money for the cause by these tops being recycled but have been let down by a previous company and are now urgently appealing to any Midlands firm to collect and recycle the plastic for us.
“This charity is Charlie’s legacy and we have set up a Government petition, which needs 100,000 signatures by February in order to ensure a debate in Parliament on umbilical cord donation which, we believe, could save many lives.”
Storage King assistant manager Jay Vickers added: “When we heard about the problems that Cords4Life had with storing the bags of tops we were only too pleased to offer our space and support this very worthwhile charity with their awareness campaign.”
Further details on Charlie’s Legacy can be found at cord4life.co.uk
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