Staff can drop off unwanted goods and save hearts at work

From left, Martyn Randell (40), Susie Whitehill (49) standing, kneeling  Claire Mayne (40) all from Fasset, with David Whitaker (33) and Julie Paffet (46) both from British Heart Foundation. Inside Miss Heart is Tasha Cornwall (20)
From left, Martyn Randell (40), Susie Whitehill (49) standing, kneeling Claire Mayne (40) all from Fasset, with David Whitaker (33) and Julie Paffet (46) both from British Heart Foundation. Inside Miss Heart is Tasha Cornwall (20)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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HEARTS across the country will benefit from the help of 3,500 extra supporters.

The British Heart Foundation has joined up with Fassett, the company which runs Langstone Technology Park, in Havant.

Staff signed up to support the charity by generating much-needed stock for charity shops yesterday which was National Wear Red Day – part of National Heart Month.

Donation stations have been installed around the park for the site’s 3,500 employees to drop off unwanted clothes and books rather than throwing them away.

They are also open other members of the public.

Fassett has been supporting the charities for a long time and the park is one of the main points on the BHF Round the Harbours sponsored cycle each summer.

Martyn Randell, manager of the park, said: ‘We’re excited to be working with the BHF and to help encourage valuable donations through our site.

‘With the addition of these new facilities, we’ll make it even easier for people to donate their unwanted goods to the BHF.

‘We’ve been trialling this service since January and we’ve already collected 62 donation bags worth around £500 to the charity which is fantastic.’

Mr Randell said the company chose BHF because of the company’s focus on healthy lifestyles.

There is a gym on the site and there are regular outdoor fitness classes.

He said: ‘We support other local charities but working with the BHF was the logical step forward for us.’

The charity still needs lots of other items which can be dropped off at the charity shops.

These include CDs, DVDs, toys and bric-a-brac.

All the money raised goes into ground-breaking research against heart disease.

Preston Davies, the Portsmouth BHF area manager, said: ‘Stock is the lifeblood of BHF shops and we’re delighted with our new partnership with Fasset.

‘Our shops sell over 80,000 items a day so I’d like to encourage the local Portsmouth community to help us continue our life-saving work by donating those unwanted items.’