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THOUSANDS of bags full of unwanted items have been collected by a heart charity.

The Great British Bag-athon is organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as a national way to collect second-hand items, which can then be sold on in its charity stores.

BHF shops in the south east received 197,459 bags, which could be worth £3,949,180 – enough to fund 65 
research projects for a whole year.

Six branches across Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham, took part in the collection.

Angie Vidler, regional manager for BHF shops, said: ‘We have had an amazing response, with more than 197,459 bags donated from the people of the south east, and with each bag worth up to £20, this could be worth a possible £3,949,180.

‘Thanks to the tremendous contribution we have been able to hit our national target, raising an overwhelming one million bags nationwide.’

To find out more about

the Bag-athon, visit a BHF branch, or go to