Bags of unwanted items from South East residents have raised nearly £4m for the British Heart Foundation to fund research projects into heart disease.
Throughout September people were asked to donate 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.
The BHF shops locally include those in Church Walk, Burgess Hill and South Road, Haywards Heath.
This year BHF shops set a target to raise one million bags of unwanted things in one month, for life-saving research into heart disease.
It says with overwhelming support in the South East alone enough has been raised to potentially fund 65 research projects for a year, helping to fight against the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.
Angie Vidler, regional manager for BHF shops, said: “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 need donations of clothes, good quality shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, china and ornaments. BHF shops also run a free collection service, you can book your free collection by calling 0844 412 5000.