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British Heart Foundation enjoys successful fundraising event at York shopping park

The York branch of British Heart Foundation has seen an overwhelming response through donations after hosting a successful event at a York shopping park.

The British Heart Foundation visited Vangarde Shopping Park at the end of September in order to raise stock levels and donations as part of its Bag It Beat It challenge, with funds ultimately contributing towards vital research on potentially life-saving cardiac procedures.

The Bag It Beat It challenge saw people filling bags with unwanted goods to donate to British Heart Foundation for the organisation to sell in their stores to raise funds.

The charity saw more than 220 bags come back to them over the weekend, with shoppers and Vangarde staff alike donating towards the cause. More bags continue to come in after the event.

Katie Featonby, British Heart Foundation York Store Manager, said: “The response we have received is phenomenal and we have been inundated with a huge variety of different items which will make a huge difference towards raising necessary funds.

“The support we received from visitors to Vangarde Shopping Park was absolutely brilliant – everyone got behind the cause and we are still seeing people coming into store from the event with bags of unwanted items.
“The staff at Vangarde continued to be very helpful to our team as well and their help has been invaluable towards our cause.”

Vangarde has continued to support charitable causes, linking up with various organisations across the region to position itself at the heart of the community.

Deb O’Donnell, Centre Manager for Vangarde Shopping Park, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response we have seen from visitors to Vangarde Shopping Park. We will always continue to look at ways we can support both local and national causes to make a difference in our community.

“The staff’s response to this cause is testament to the community ideologies we promote at Vangarde Shopping Park and we are delighted that teams from our stores got involved in the event.”