Donate Your Unwanted Gifts To Charity – Safely

Shutterstock / RTimages © Woman opening unwanted gifts, apron and underwear. British Heart Foundation appeal for unwanted gifts

The British Heart Foundation is asking the public to donate by post, to support its shops and online platforms this New Year

It’s the thought that counts. However there are always a few Christmas gifts that don’t quite hit the spot. Think clothes that don’t fit, books you’ve already read… or items you just don’t love.

This year the BHF is urging the nation to cut the clutter and regift items to its nationwide shops, helping to fund vital heart research at the same time.

Christmas may be over, but the giving doesn’t have to stop. Your unwanted festive gifts could be another person’s treasure.

Due to lockdown, the charity’s shops are temporarily closed. But donating via post couldn’t be easier – and will help support the BHF at this critical time.

Just download a Freepost label

Allison Swaine Hughes is retail director at the British Heart Foundation. She said, “If you’re feeling charitable and want to declutter post-Christmas, you can regift any unwanted presents to the BHF and help support our vital work. By donating to us you’ll also help prevent quality items from going to waste and free up space.

“This new year we’re welcoming everything from good quality clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery to DVDs, CDs, books and toys. You can simply donate items using our Freepost donation service.

“We’re urgently appealing for your support after an incredibly difficult year for our shops.

“Without your generous donations, we can’t fund life-saving breakthroughs for the 7.4 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.”

You can post smaller items such as branded clothing, jewellery, vinyl records and cameras by downloading a Freepost label from the BHF website. Then head to your nearest Collect+ drop-off point with your package, as part of your essential shopping trip.

Research funding cut in half

The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on the BHF’s income. Its research funding has been cut in half, putting future life-saving discoveries at risk.

The charity is urgently appealing for donations to help raise vital funds.

BHF shops and stores across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are closed for now, in line with Government advice on non-essential retail.

Here’s how to post your items…

Help BHF be ready to return to normal

  • Each year, British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops raise millions of pounds. This helps the BHF fund life-saving research into all heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes.
  • The BHF has around 730 shops across England, Scotland and Wales. These include 540 Standard shops and over 180 Home stores.
  • In normal times these shops sell up to 85,000 items every day.
  • Each year, the BHF eBay shop sells around 150,000 high value and unusual items to raise funds for heart and circulatory diseases.
  • The BHF is fortunate to have over 17,000 volunteer opportunities in its shops. Nearly a quarter of employed retail positions are filled by those who have previously volunteered for the BHF.
  • Find your local shop

With donations from the public, the BHF funds ground-breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world where…

  • millions more people survive a heart attack
  • the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half
  • people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need
  • there are cures and treatments we can’t even imagine today.