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Anyone who had a heart - would fill a bag

Published Thursday, 11 October 2012

Join the British Heart Foundation Great British Bag-a-thon

Enfield is a Heart Town and as one of 50 towns around the country residents are  taking up the challenge to support the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by recycling clothing, accessories, handbags, books, CDs and DVDs to sell in British Heart Foundation Shops.

This is the ’Great British Bag-athon’ taking place this month. BHF Shops in Enfield are aiming to generate 1,000 bags each and will need all the help they can get from big hearted residents to reach this target.

Cllr Christine Hamilton, cabinet member for community well being and public health, said, “Heart disease can be a silent killer and we need to do all we can to promote healthy eating, regular exercise, stopping smoking, or preferably, not smoking at all.  Heart disease kills some 700 people a year in Enfield, more than the seating capacity of a Jumbo 747. 

“By supporting this campaign we can help more research that can save lives and improve the quality of life for many local people.”

Enfield Council has agreed to make bags and boxes available in the Civic Centre, for staff and residents to deposit their items. Each filled bag is worth an average of £20, helping the BHF continue its life-saving work in the local area.

Getting involved in the Great British Bag-athon couldn’t be easier. Just one bag can make a difference. Anything from five, ten, 20 or more bags will make a huge difference to the Enfield Shops.

Richard Fletcher, area manager for the BHF Enfield Shops, says: “I’d like to encourage all Enfield residents to get involved and join in the Great British Bag-athon. BHF Shops sell 90,000 items daily so donations from the local community are vital. We’re always keen to receive useful items.”

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