City shoppers urged to donate unwanted goods

British Heart Foundation staff at Crystal Peaks launch their Bag It campaign
British Heart Foundation staff at Crystal Peaks launch their Bag It campaign
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Shoppers in Sheffield are being urged to donate their unwanted clothes, books and CDs to a new charity campaign for children with congenital heart disease.

Crystal Peaks shopping centre has joined forces with British Heart Foundation to launch the Bag It. Beat It. campaign – and volunteers will be in the centre throughout this month giving out stock donation bags and asking shoppers to fill them with unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, handbags and children’s toys.

The filled bags are then handed in at a drop-in point at the centre or at its BHF shop so they can be sold on to raise money for the charity’s life-saving research.

Lee Greenwood, centre manager, said: “The Bag It. Beat It. event is a great idea and provides the perfect opportunity to sort out the cupboards and give away items that you no longer want or need.

“We jumped at the chance to support this event and help raise life-saving funds.”

BHF area manager, Mechelle Hopkins, said: “We’re urging everyone to have a clear-out this September and to donate bags of unwanted items to Bag it. Beat it.

“Those unwanted items will raise vital life-saving funds, helping little heroes continue to fight congenital heart disease.

“The BHF currently funds over £14 million into congenital heart disease research and this year we need to raise even more. I would like to thank everyone that donates a bag of items.”