The charity collection bag from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has beaten strong competition from Help the Aged, the British Heart Foundation and Mencap to be awarded ‘Charity Bin Bag of the Year’ in the prestigious annual award ceremony held on The Wirral.
‘Members of the public were particularly impressed by the immense strength of the NSPCC bag which allowed it to hold almost 25kg of household refuse,’ said chief judge Archie Smith. ‘In ongoing domestic trials it has coped easily with broken bottles and take-out foil containers, all thanks to an ultra-tough design born from a mistaken belief that the NSPCC bag would be used to hold discarded clothes and household bric-a-brac that could be sold through the charity’s shops.’
Both judges and the public welcomed a strong field of contenders for this year’s title. ‘The British Heart Foundation’s bag was an excellent entry,’ continued Smith, ‘but it lacked a decent handle that could be used to throw it into a neighbour’s skip or a local pond. Trying to throw one of their fully laden bags can, ironically, be quite bad for your heart. The Mencap bag was also well received, but it suffered from an inability to cope with hot discarded cooking oil without melting.’
The glittering ceremony ended with the NSPCC representatives each being presented with a commemorative desktop paperweight, an Oxfam biro.
22nd January 2011