Hartlepool shoppers can do their bit to beat heart disease

BHF volunteers and mascot Hearty with, from left, Suzanne Chaney from Middleton Grange, Mayor's Consort Sheila Griffin and deputy Mayor of Hartlepool Kevin Cranney.
BHF volunteers and mascot Hearty with, from left, Suzanne Chaney from Middleton Grange, Mayor's Consort Sheila Griffin and deputy Mayor of Hartlepool Kevin Cranney.
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Middleton Grange Shopping Centre will be hosting a British Heart Foundation Bag It. Beat It event to encourage shoppers to donate bags full of their unwanted stuff.

Hartlepool shoppers will be asked next Friday to donate unwanted items to be sold in local BHF shops to raise funds for life-saving heart research and help over seven million people continue to fight heart disease.

Last year the BHF raised more than £130million from voluntary income alone.

In the same year £115.5million was committed to funding new medical research.

This enabled them to fund scientists at more than 40 different locations in the UK.

This year they are hoping to raise even more with the help of Hartlepool.

The Bag It. Beat It event will also help raise awareness of the devastating effects a sudden heart disease diagnosis can have on a family.

BHF volunteers will be in the shopping centre giving out donation bags and asking shoppers to fill them with unwanted items then take it to the drop point in the centre or the BHF shop.