Bedfordshire residents are being thanked by British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops after helping to turn their unwanted bags, boots and beds into lifesaving local equipment, including three defibrillators for the county.
Volunteering hours, donations and purchases by the local community in towns such as Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton and Dunstable have raised a staggering £316,000 over the past year – money which has helped fund two heart support groups and a heart nurse in Bedfordshire.
Jacqui Whitehall, BHF area manager, says: “The generosity of people in the Bedfordshire area has been astonishing and we want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.
“Quite often people don’t realise that the sofa or dress that they donate to actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in the local hospital to a community heart support group.
“We couldn’t fund this lifesaving equipment or research in Bedfordshire if it wasn’t for the local community and we hope they are feeling proud by the difference they are making and inspired to keep visiting BHF Shops.”
In total, an average of 694 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Bedfordshire every year and with continued strong support from local people, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure. CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer, around 80,000 people in the UK die from it every year.”
BHF shops offer a free collection service that can be booked by phone, just call 0844 334 1400, or try our free online collection service for larger furniture and electrical items: bhforg.uk/free.