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Jade Goody's headlong fall from grace continues. Comic Relief is the latest charity to wash its hands of the former Big Brother contestant, according to The Sun.

A spoof version of the quiz show A Question of Sport, cunningly entitled 'A Question of Comedy' and featuring Goody, was due to be aired on Red Nose Day on 16 March, but has now been scrapped.

A spokeswoman told the tabloid: "Recent events have overtaken us and we feel the show is now out of date. Red Nose Day is all about raising money. Anything that could detract from that is not helpful."

Forget charity wristbands: the voluntary sector accessory du jour in LA is a body bag with matching toe-tag key chain. According to www.selfishgiving.com, the merchandise is available through the Skeletons in the Closet range, created to raise money for a local drink-driving campaign. Other goods in the range include 'undertaker boxers' and a chalk body outline.

Curious items are also finding their way into Somerset charity shops, according to the Bridgwater Mercury. Edible thongs, kinky outfits and soiled underwear are just some of the unusual things that have been donated to charity shops in Bridgwater. The edible thong was a surprise hit at the local Scope shop. Manager Liz O'Connell said: "It came in for Valentine's Day and sold within about 10 minutes." Shirley Wilson, who volunteers at Bridgwater's Oxfam shop, made an even stranger discovery. "We got a fur willy warmer," she said.

A Barnardo's shop in Shropshire has been experiencing other problems: unsightly scaffolding on a building next door is killing trade, reported the Market Drayton Advertiser. The charity is stocking elaborate wedding dresses to wow the public back.

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