I WOULD like WITH spring just round the corner, I wanted to encourage your readers to keep the British Heart Foundation in mind during their spring clear-out this year and donate any unwanted items to their local BHF shop, to help fund life-saving heart research.

It is a sad reality that there are an estimated 374,500 people living with heart and circulatory disease in Wales.

The BHF funds more than £100million of research across the UK each year into fighting these terrible diseases, from improving diagnosis to finding life-saving new treatments– to help create a better future for everyone affected.

It is only down to our generous supporters that we are able to fund this truly ground-breaking heart research.

Donating any good-quality items from your spring clear-out to the BHF is a really simple way everyone can get involved and help in the fight for every heartbeat.

Each item donated, from books to bags and clothes to CDs, will be much appreciated by your local BHF shop.

To help make the process completely hassle-free, we offer a free home collection service straight to your door which can be booked through your local shop or by calling our free-phone number on 0800 915 3000.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can also Gift Aid your donation, which helps us to make an extra 25p for each £1 raised from your unwanted items and costs you nothing in return.

I really hope that your readers are able to support us this spring – there really are bags of reasons for a clear-out.

To find your local shop, order free donation bags or find out more about our free collection service, please visit bhf.org.uk/bag it

Terry Hughes

Area manager

British Heart Foundation