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.
Between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th 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.
Rebekah O’Neill, Centre Manager of Four Seasons Shopping Centre, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a Bag It. Beat It. event this year as it helps to raise lifesaving funds and vital awareness for a fantastic cause.
“Last year our generous shoppers donated a magnificent 393 bags, but this year we want to push for more.”
BHF Area Manager, Mechelle Hopkins, added: “We’re urging everyone in Mansfield to have a clear out this September and donate bags of their unwanted stuff to Bag it. Beat it.
“People often don’t realise that the books, shoes or dress they donate to or buy from their local BHF shop actually raises vital funds and helps pay for life saving research.
“Every week around 2,000 families lose a loved one to heart disease, but with continued support from local people, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure.”
Every bag donated will help fund life saving heart research, helping over seven million people continue to fight heart disease.
Last year the BHF raised over £130 million from voluntary income alone.
In the same year £115.5 million was committed to funding new medical research.
This enabled them to fund scientists at more than 40 different locations in the UK.
This year they are hoping to raise even more with the help of Mansfield. The Bag It. Beat It. event will also help raise awareness of the devastating effects a sudden heart disease diagnosis can have on a family.
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.