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Lifesaving charity celebrates second year of success at York shopping park

Organisers of the British Heart Foundation’s Bag It, Beat It campaign in York have hailed a fundraising event held at a popular shopping park a success.

Vangarde Shopping Park’s visitors and staff battled the rain to drop off their bags of unwanted goods to help raise vital funds for the charity.

This September is Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month at the BHF and Vangarde teamed up with the Bridge Street store for a second year, where the unwanted goods will now be sold on as part of the campaign.

Cat Featonby, store manager, said: “We were delighted to be able to re-join forces with Vangarde Shopping Park to host our Bag it Beat it challenge.

“It is a sad reality that coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK and it is thought around 28,000 women die from a heart attack each year in the UK – that’s three every hour.

“Surveys have shown that women are less likely than men to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and seek help, so we are always thankful for opportunities like these to get out into the community and raise awareness as well as funds for more research.”

The British Heart Foundation has been tackling the issue with groundbreaking research for more than 50 years, and hopes to continue this well into the future, with the help of generous donations from the public.

Last year, organisers were overwhelmed with the 220 bags that were donated across Vangarde’s fundraising weekend and Deb O’Donnell, Vangarde Shopping Park’s centre manager, says she was once again overwhelmed by people’s kindness.

She said: “We were extremely excited to be part of this great event once again as it carries out such important work – the few minutes it takes to fill a bag with unwanted items could add years on to someone’s life.

“The support we have received from visitors over the last two years has been absolutely brilliant and we look forward to having the British Heart Foundation team back on the shopping park later in the year.”

For more information and to find your local BHF shop visit www.bhf.org.uk/bagit or to book a free collection call 0808 250 0024.