Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre has joined forces with British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops to launch their ‘Bag It. Beat It.’ campaign,
The initiative urges the Mansfield community to donate bags full of unwanted items.
Every bag donated will help fund life-saving heart research, helping more than 40,000 babies continue to fight congenital heart disease.
Rebekah O’Neill, Centre Manager, said: “The Bag It. Beat It. event is such a great idea and proves the perfect opportunity to sort out the cupboards and give away items that you no longer want or need.
“We’re delighted to be involved and look forward to welcoming local children to the centre to donate bags of items to show their support for the little heroes who have congenital heart disease.
“Please ask friends, family and colleagues to get involved too. Head to Four Seasons Shopping Centre where you can collect a Bag It. Beat It. bag, fill it and return it to the centre, or your local BHF shop.”
Mechelle Hopkins, BHF area manager, said: “We’re urging everyone to have a clear out this September and to donate bags of unwanted items to Bag it. Beat it. Your unwanted items will raise vital life-saving funds, helping little heroes continue to fight congenital heart disease.”
Before the BHF was founded, only one in five babies born with congenital heart disease saw their first birthday, let alone their first day of school. Thanks to pioneering research, now around 4,000 children are able to experience their first day of school every year.
Between 5th to 7th and 12th to 14th September volunteers will be in Four Seasons Shopping Centre giving out stock donation bags and asking shoppers to fill a bag with unwanted clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys then take it to the drop point in the centre or the BHF shop.
To help celebrate the launch of the Bag It. Beat It. event, Four Seasons Shopping Centre is inviting local children to dress as their favourite superhero and join the Mayor, Councillor Tony Eggington, in the centre on Friday 5th September at 11am to donate a bag of items to the appeal.
For more information, to find your local BHF shop or to arrange a free collection, visit bagit.bhf.org.uk.
After the event at the shopping centre has ended, filled bags can continue to be donated to Bag It. Beat It. at the local BHF shop.