LETTERS: Amazing response to our Bag-athon

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Throughout the month of September, South East locals were busy raiding their wardrobes and donating their unwanted items to their local British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in aid of the UK’s biggest stock donation appeal – the Great British Bag-athon. This year BHF shops set an ambitious target, aiming to raise one million bags of unwanted things in one month, for life-saving research into heart disease.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from South East locals, BHF shops have received an impressive 197,459 bags. This could be worth £3,949,180, enough to fund 65 research projects for a whole year, helping to fight against the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

We have had an amazing response, with over 197,459 bags donated from the people of the South East, and with each bag worth up to £20; this could be worth a possible £3,949,180.

Thanks to the tremendous contribution we have been able to hit our national target, raising an overwhelming one million bags nationwide.

BHF South East shops are always in need of donations and it doesn’t have to be just clothes - good quality shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, china and ornaments are all welcome. BHF shops also run a free collection service, you can book your free collection by calling 0844 412 5000.

Visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon for more information or pop into your local BHF shop.

Last financial year (2012-2013), BHF shops raised over £31 million to help the BHF fight heart disease, the nation’s single biggest killer.

BHF shops sell 90,000 items everyday and have over 20,000 volunteers.

The BHF now has over 700 shops. Our aim is for everyone in the UK to have a local British Heart Foundation Shop.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease.

ANGIE VIDLER

Regional manager for BHF shops, British Heart Foundation, Greater London House, 180 Hampstead Road, London NW1 7AW