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BHF Needs Your Old Things

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:02am 15th August 2010.

Lend a BIG hand this September in Yorkshire
-       Nation's heart charity needs volunteers for UK's biggest stock appeal -   
 
This August the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is encouraging people in Yorkshire to be part of something BIG by joining our team of volunteers to help with the UK's biggest ever stock appeal - The Big Donation.
 
Aiming to bring in 400,000 bags of stock - the equivalent of £8 million - the nation's heart charity is looking for Big Donation volunteers in Yorkshire from August through to October to support our 650 Shops, including our chain of 100 Furniture & Electrical Stores.
 
Volunteers are essential to the success of the charity. Each Shop needs 115 hours of time every week from its volunteers who donate the equivalent of more than £36 million in time.¹
 
Volunteering at one of the BHF Shops in Yorkshire is a fantastic way to help the charity fight heart disease - the UK's biggest killer. If you'd like to get involved but have limited time to spare this could be the perfect opportunity. It's also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, or simply give something back to the community.
 
There are lots of different roles in BHF shops available including:
 
Big Donation volunteers - We need lots of people to lend a hand! From helping out at local collection events, handing out donation bags or helping in our shops, any time you can give can make a big difference.
 
Stock Generation Volunteers - You'll play a key part in getting more stock through the doors of your local BHF Shop. You'll be liaising with clubs and businesses to organise events as well as placing donation bins in the local community and getting your hands on end of line stock from retailers.
 
Last year the BHF shops in Yorkshire collected hundreds of bags during The Big Donation, raising essential funds to help the BHF continue its lifesaving work. Help from dedicated volunteers in Yorkshire is essential to cope with the extra stock donated from generous locals.
 
Mike Lucas, Retail Director for British Heart Foundation says: "Be part of something BIG and make a real difference by joining our team of Big Donation volunteers. Our high street shops are expected to raise over £20 million this year which simply isn't possible without the help of our fantastic volunteers. There are a huge number of roles available to suit a whole range of people and whatever time and skills you have to spare".
 
For more information on The Big Donation and the roles available visit bhf.org.uk/bigdonation or call 0844 412 5000.
 

Below is a list of the BHF shops in Yorkshire, how many bags they collected during last year's Big Donation and how much was raised:
 
Armley - 368 bags collected raising £7,360
Acomb - 551 bags collected raising £11,020
Barnsley - 687 bags collected raising £13,740
Beverley - 606 bags collected raising £12,120
Bradford - 832 bags collected raising £16,640
Bramley  - 421 bags collected raising £8,420
Bridlington - 286 bags collected raising £5,720
Brighouse - 834 bags collected raising £16,680
Castleford - 766 bags collected raising £15,320
Crossgates - 341 bags collected raising £6,820
Darwen - 1,506 bags collected raising £30,120
Dewsbury - 302 bags collected raising £6,040
Doncaster - 1011 bags collected raising £20,220
Goole - 427 bags collected raising £8,540
Halifax - 517 bags collected raising £10,340
Harrogate - 440 bags collected raising £8,800
Headingly - 546 bags collected raising £10,920
Huddersfield - 504 bags collected raising £10,800
Hull - 1,282 bags collected raising £25,640
Hyde - 663 bags collected raising £13,260
Ilkley - 536 bags collected raising £10,720
Keighley - 1,103 bags collected raising £22,060
Leeds - 584 bags collected raising £11,680
Morley - 656 bags collected raising £13,120
Northallerton - 134 bags collected raising £2,680
Otley - 393 bags collected raising £7,860
Rotherham - 1,201 bags collected raising £24,020
Sheffield - 637 bags collected raising £12,740
Scarborough - 479 bags collected raising £9,580
Selby - 465 bags collected raising £9,300
Shipley - 1,774 bags collected raising £35,480
Thirsk - 343 bags collected raising £6,860
Wakefield - 870 bags collected raising £17,400
Whitby - 172 bags collected raising £3,440
York - 802 bags collected raising £16,040
 

"    ¹ Figure based on 16,000 volunteers, volunteering for seven and a half hours per week at minimum hourly rate of £5.80
"    Last year BHF Shops raised over £22 million to help the BHF fight heart disease the nation's single biggest killer.
"    BHF Shops sell 60,000 items everyday; have 15 million customers and over 17,000 volunteers.
"         The BHF now has over 640 Shops. Our aim is for everyone in the UK to have a local British Heart Foundation Shop.
"         The charity now has over 100 Furniture and Electrical Stores across England, Scotland and Wales.
"    For more information on British Heart Foundation Shops or to find your local shop please visit bhf.org.uk/shops -The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation's heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.
 

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