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Support your local charity shop by donating unwanted Christmas gifts


By Kirsty Brown

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The British Heart Foundation is asking the public to donate their discarded presents by post, to support its shops and online platforms this New Year

They say it’s the thought that counts but there’s always a few Christmas gifts that don’t quite hit the spot - from clothes that don’t fit to books you’ve already read.

This year the British Heart Foundation is urging the nation to cut the clutter and regift items to its nationwide shops to help fund vital heart research.

Christmas may be over, but the giving doesn’t have to stop; your unwanted festive gifts could be another person’s treasure.

Due to Government guidelines, the charity’s shops are temporarily closed but donating via post couldn’t be easier and will help support the British Heart Foundation at this critical time.

Retail director at the British Heart Foundation Allison Swaine Hughes said: “If you’re feeling charitable and want to declutter post-Christmas, you can regift any unwanted presents to the British Heart Foundation and help support our vital work.

"By donating to us you will also help prevent quality items from going to waste and free up space around the house.

“This new year we’re welcoming everything from good quality clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery to DVDs, CDs, books and children’s toys and you can simply donate items using our freepost donation service.

“We’re urgently appealing for your support after an incredibly difficult year for our shops.

"Without your generous donations, we can’t fund life saving breakthroughs for the 7.4 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.”

You can post smaller items such as branded clothing, jewellery, vinyl records and cameras by downloading a freepost label from the BHF website and heading to your nearest Collect+ drop-off point with your package, as part of your essential shopping trip.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on the British Heart Foundation’s income, cutting its research funding in half and putting future life saving discoveries at risk.

The charity is urgently appealing for people’s donations to help raise vital funds at a time when hearts need help more than ever.

British Heart Foundation shops and stores across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are closed for now, in line with the latest Government advice on non-essential retail.

To post your items head to: www.bhf.org.uk/postyourdonations


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