Christmas has come and gone. The turkey has been eaten and the presents have been opened, but for The British Heart Foundation (BHF) it isn’t the end of the Christmas spirit just yet.
BHF is among many charity stores urging the public to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to their shops. The average gift at Christmas costs around twenty pounds, so a potential £2.5 billion pounds could be donated. The stores will accept everything from candles, to Christmas jumpers and any other unwanted items.
The profit raised at BHF goes on to fund life-saving research into coronary heart disease, which is the UK’s single biggest killer.
Around seven million people in the UK are living with the disease. Since 1961 the charity has been working with the best heart scientists and projects to improve methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Thanks to donations, last year the charity was able to spent £115 million on cutting edge clinical trials and leading research centres.