Northamptonshire people are being thanked by British Heart Foundation (BHF) Shops after helping to turn their unwanted bags, boots and beds into lifesaving local equipment, including 173 defibrillators for the county.
Volunteering hours, donations and purchases by the local community in towns such as Northampton, Corby, Wellingborough and Kettering have raised a staggering £591,000 over the past year – money which has helped to fund five heart nurses and three heart support groups in Northamptonshire.
BHF Shops are championing the community’s fight against heart disease and are keen to say thank you and tell locals exactly how the money they have raised is helping heart patients in their area.
Craig Fraser, BHF area manager, said: “The generosity of people in the Northamptonshire area has been astonishing and we want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.
“Quite often people don’t realise that the sofa or dress that they donate actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in the local hospital to a community heart support group.
“We couldn’t fund this lifesaving equipment or research in Northamptonshire if it wasn’t for the local community and we hope they are feeling proud by the difference they are making and inspired to keep visiting BHF shops.”
In total, an average of 709 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Northamptonshire every year and with continued support from local people, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure. CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer, around 80,000 people in the UK die from it every year.
The charity also currently funds nine Heartstart schemes in Northamptonshire, which teach emergency life support training in the community and schools.
The BHF also has Furniture & Electrical Stores that sell household items in Northampton, Kettering and Corby as well as BHF shops, selling clothes, shoes, CDs and DVDs etc in Wellingborough, Rushden, Daventry and Northampton. BHF shops offer a free collection service that can be booked by phone, just call 0844 334 1400, or try the free online collection service for larger furniture and electrical items: bhforg.uk/free