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Information for Portishead residents

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

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Leukaemia Care is a national charity supporting people who have been affected by a leukaemia diagnosis, including patients, carers and their wider families.

We run a 24/7 hotline which is manned by specialist nurses and volunteers, provide patient information to explain a diagnosis a little better and organise face to face events such as support groups and conferences.

We do not receive any government funding or lottery money, and therefore have to rely on fundraising to continue the vital work we are doing.

One of our income streams is charity bag collections which is provided on behalf of the charity by East London Textiles.

With over 30 year’s experience, East London Textiles specialises in recycling and exporting used clothing and shoes. They are one of the largest textile recycling companies in the UK and will be dropping Leukaemia CARE branded collection bags in areas up and down the UK.

All of their collections are permitted by the local councils and all bags will feature a dedicated helpline number and email address for any enquiries relating to their collection.

Drivers from East London Textiles will be in vans with Leukaemia Care logos affixed to the back. If you request it, all drivers also carry ID.

We have become aware of a situation in the Portishead area which may have caused some alarm to local residents.

A post on a local Facebook group has gone viral and has linked our charity bags (and their collectors) with the placement of stones, which is believed to mark property ahead of a burglary.

We can only state what we currently know about this case.

We spoke to East London Textiles on the afternoon of Thursday 11th May. The collection agents were in the area on Monday 8th May to drop bags off and they were back in the area on the 10th May to collect said bags. They are not due back in the area now for another four weeks.

The collectors in question have both been spoken to and are as mystified about the white stones.

We can only advise people to stay vigilant whilst informing residents that the ELT collectors have now moved onto a different area of the country. We will continue to monitor the situation with our partners at ELT and will issue an update if any further information should arise.

Fundraising of this type is vital to a charity like Leukaemia Care. We are very grateful for all local residents who filled the charity bag and we can assure you that every penny raised will now go to supporting blood cancer patients across the UK.

To find out more about Leukaemia Care and the work that the charity does, please head to

We would urge anybody with any concerns about the bags to contact the charity directly. Please call 01905 755977 and ask for Nicole Carroll.