Marks stops at British Heart Foundation shop

(July 08, 2014)

Mark visited the British Heart Foundation charity shop in the City Centre on Friday, 4th July 2014.

The visit follows on from a successful campaign in February this year, during which the British Heart Foundation opened a pop-up shop in Westminster to raise awareness about their new campaign ‘Ramp up the Red’. 

Founded in 1961, the British Heart Foundation is a national heart charity whose aim is to fund research into vital life-saving treatment for people with heart disease.  The charity has over 700 high street shops, with two local shops in Preston.  The shops provide high quality low cost goods, heart health information, as well as volunteering and employment opportunities.  All the money raised from the shops and other fundraising activities throughout the year go towards pioneering medical research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory diseases.

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Mark with staff and volunteers from the British Heart Foundation Preston shop

Mark visited the shop on Orchard Street where he was met by Shop Manager, Deiwyn Hatton and Area Manager, Ann Lomas to have a first-hand look at how the shop operates as well as having an opportunity to speak to staff and volunteers.  The shop sells clothes and other donated items, such as books, music, home wares and giftware with its sister branch on Friargate, the Furniture and Electrical store selling items including suites, sofas, chairs, dining sets, beds, wardrobes and electrical items.  People can donate items directly by bringing them into the shop or arranging a free collection from home.

The Orchard Street shop attracts many student volunteers who help out in the shop as well as student buyers looking for vintage clothing and good quality second hand clothing, shoes and accessories.  The range of shoppers isn’t limited to the student population however, with people from all walks of life, and of different ages visiting the store.

Area Manager Ann Lomas said: ‘I would like to thank the local population for their support.  As ever we are in need of donated items to continue to stock our shop as well as volunteer drivers to help assist in our collection service.  I would urge people who donate items to sign up for Gift Aid if they are a UK tax payer as this can increase the value of the donated goods to our shops.  This can be done by completing a form in one of our shops or online.  We managed to raise £1.5 million last year this way and I believe this creates loyalty towards our charity as it lets people know how valid their donation is.’

Mark said: ‘There are a lot of urban myths about charity shops and far from being undesirable, well run charity shops can be a valuable asset for any thriving city to have.  They are being are used more and more by people from all different backgrounds and provide valuable volunteering opportunities for people looking to gain work experience in the retail industry.  At the same time, these shops are raising awareness about their charity right in the midst of our city centres whilst raising funds for very worthwhile causes.  The British Heart Foundation is doing a fantastic job in Preston and their prominent presence in Preston proves that people here are supportive of their fight against heart disease.’ Click here to find out more about how to donate to the British Heart Foundation.

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