Four Seasons shoppers help fight against heart disease

HEARTWARMING -- volunteers and mascots on the BHF Bag It, Beat It stand at Four Seasons Shopping Centre

HEARTWARMING -- volunteers and mascots on the BHF Bag It, Beat It stand at Four Seasons Shopping Centre

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Patients in Ashfield with heart problems have received a helping hand from shoppers as part of a charity campaign.

For the Four Seasons Shopping Centre in Mansfield staged a Bag It, Beat It event to support the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

For an entire weekend, from Friday to Sunday, shoppers were encouraged to donate quality items that they no longer wanted. These items could be clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac.

BHF volunteers and mascots manned a stand at the shopping centre to collect all the donated items in special Bag It bags. And the items duly went on to be sold at BHF shops to raise money to help patients beat their disease.

The BHF has shops in Ashfield at the Idlewells Shopping Centre and in Mansfield on Stockwell Gate, Regent Street and Southwell Road West. Takings help to fund life-saving research, support those living with heart disease and raise awareness of the effects that a sudden, devastating diagnosis can have on a family.

Last year, the BHF raised more than £130 million from voluntary income alone, of which £115.5 million went towards research. This enabled the charity to fund scientists at more than 40 different locations in the UK.

The BHF also supports families affected by heart disease and creates little communities that are able to share their advice and experiences with those who have been through similar problems.

Rebekah O’Neill, manager of the Four Seasons centre, said: “The BHF is such an important charity which helps thousands of people around the UK every year who suffer from heart disease. We wanted to encourage our shoppers to donate their unwanted items to support such a worthy cause.”