Bags of unwanted items from East Anglia locals raises £2.7 million for the BHF

British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation

Throughout the month of September, East Anglia locals were busy raiding their wardrobes and donating their unwanted items to their local British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in aid of the UK’s biggest stock donation appeal – the Great British Bag-athon.

This year BHF shops set an ambitious target, aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things in one month, for life-saving research into heart disease.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from East Anglia locals, the East Anglia BHF shops have received an impressive 136,178 bags. This could be worth £2.7 million, enough to fund 27 PHD students through three years of cardiovascular research, helping to fight against the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Sonya Pringle, Area Manager for BHF East Anglia shops, said: “We have had an amazing response, with over 136,000 bags donated from the people of East Anglia, and with each bag worth up to £20; this could be worth a possible £2.7 million.

“Thanks to the tremendous contribution we have been able to hit our national target, raising an overwhelming 1 million bags nationwide.”

BHF East Anglia shops are always in need of donations and it doesn’t have to be just clothes - good quality shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, china and ornaments are all welcome. BHF shops also run a free collection service, you can book your free collection by calling 0844 412 5000.

Visit for more information or pop into your local BHF shop.