Shoppers are all heart for charity

Pictured L-R: Suzanne Chaney (Marketing Manager Middleton Grange), Sheila Griffin (Mayor's Consort), Kevin Cranney (Dpt Mayor), Hearty (BHF Mascot), Rachael Dickinson (BHF Shop Manager), Emma Griffiths (Vol), Natalie Boden (Vol) and Angela Rider (Vol).
Pictured L-R: Suzanne Chaney (Marketing Manager Middleton Grange), Sheila Griffin (Mayor's Consort), Kevin Cranney (Dpt Mayor), Hearty (BHF Mascot), Rachael Dickinson (BHF Shop Manager), Emma Griffiths (Vol), Natalie Boden (Vol) and Angela Rider (Vol).
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SHOPPING centre bosses have praised generous shoppers who donated almost 500 bags of goodwill to a charity campaign.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, collected a total of 480 bags bursting with clothes, DVDs, toys and household items during the British Heart Foundation’s Bag-athon appeal.

Throughout the whole of September the centre encouraged visitors to pick up a bag from Middleton Grange and take it away and fill it with good quality unwanted items before returning it to the drop off point.

The donated items will now be sold in local British Heart Foundation shops and could generate up to £9,600 to help fund life-saving research.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange centre manager, said: “We are delighted that 480 bags were filled and donated to the Great British Bag-athon by the Hartlepool community and would like to say a big thank you.

“The profits raised will go straight into the fight against heart disease by funding vital, life-saving research.

“There are 2.3 million people living with coronary heart disease in the UK, so the charity’s fight against heart disease is an ongoing battle.”

You can still help by taking bags to your nearest British Heart Foundation shop.