CAMPAIGN: Support for research

I'm writing to thank your readers for taking part in the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Bag It Beat It campaign throughout September, helping to generate over a million bags of quality items nationwide for BHF shops and raise awareness of women and heart disease.

Monday, 31st October 2016, 6:00 am

It’s so shocking to think that there are 3.5 million women living with cardiovascular disease in the UK and that heart and circulatory disease nearly kills more women than all cancers combined.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from local people, BHF shops across the north east have received an impressive 50,000 bags of unwanted items. Every item donated and bag filled helps the BHF fund vital research and prevents more women suffering from and losing their lives to coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

I was incredibly shocked to learn that 3,400 women in the north east die of heart and circulatory disease each year.

If you would like to get involved, the BHF is always in need of donations, such as clothing, shoes, books and toys, any time of the year. It even offers a free collection service.

To find out more about donating and the free collection service, please visit

Gemma Atkinson

Actress and BHF supporter