Charity call for unwanted festive gifts

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BRITISH Heart Foundation shops are urging Wigan folk to give back by donating their unwanted Christmas presents to charity.

The profit raised from BHF shops goes on to fund life-saving research into heart disease.

Over half of people from the North West said they receive two unwanted Christmas presents every year.

With the average price per Christmas gift at £21.75, more than £2.7bn pounds worth of unwanted presents could be donated to charity this year.

North West BHF shops accept all of your unwanted gifts, everything from candles, Christmas jumpers, socks, games, handbags, books, DVDs and other items you no longer want.

BHF Deputy Retail Director, Diane Locke, said: “It’s incredible that there’s £2.7bn worth of unwanted Christmas gifts in the UK this year.

“Every year people receive presents that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.

“These unwanted presents can make an extraordinary difference to BHF shops.

“We’re encouraging people from the North West to donate their unwanted gifts and help raise vital funds in the fight against heart disease.”

For more information on BHF shops and to locate your nearest shop visit: bhf.org.uk or call 0844 412 5000.

Last year BHF Shops raised more than £31m to help fight heart disease the nation’s single biggest killer. Its shops sell 90,000 items everyday and have more than 20,000 volunteers.

BHF is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information.