Shoppers asked for charity donations
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are launching their biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event on Thursday 26th September at Orchard Shopping Centre. BHF shops are urging Taunton's local community to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon to help fight heart disease.
The event will be officially launched by the Mayor, Councillor Libby Lisco, when she donates the first bag of items at 12pm on the launch day.
The Great British Bag-athon is BHF shops biggest stock donation campaign, aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted. Every bag filled is a bag full of life-saving research.
Volunteers will be in Orchard Shopping Centre on 26th and 27th September giving out stock donation bags and asking shoppers to fill one bag, or many, with unwanted clothes, books, homewares, toys, CDs and DVDs, then take it to the local BHF shop.
Every seven minutes someone dies from a heart attack, so the more bags that are donated, the more researchers the BHF can fund, meaning more lives will be saved.
After the event at the shopping centre has ended, filled bags can continue to be donated to the Great British Bag-athon at the BHF shop.
Marika Sterry, from Orchard Shopping Centre said, "We are delighted to be holding a Great British Bag-athon event again this year. It's the perfect opportunity to have a clear out and donate any unwanted items, raising vital funds to support those in our community who are living with heart disease. You can even take on a bag filling challenge. Simply set a target and ask your friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues to pledge you bags and bring them along to our event."
BHF Area Manager, Melanie Kowalski added, "We'd like to urge everyone in Taunton's local community to get involved with this Great British Bag-athon event and help us raise bags full of unwanted things. This event can really help us reach our target of raising 1 million bags. Coronary Heart Disease is the UK's single biggest killer and every bag you fill is a bag full of life-saving research. Every donation really makes a difference."
More information can be found at www.bhf.org.uk/bagathon.