Great year for British Heart Foundation as shops raise £1m

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MORE than £1m has been raised for the British Heart Foundation through its Hampshire charity shops in the past year.

The 12 shops – including shops in East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, and Portsmouth – raised £1,728,000 to help fund research into heart disease.

Those who donated items, purchased goods or gave their time to volunteer all contributed to the shops’ success.

The money has enabled the BHF to fund 97 defibrillators, eight heart support groups and 26 health care professionals in the area.

The BHF funds 18 Heartstart schemes in Hampshire, which teach emergency life support and CPR training in schools and businesses.

Area manager Preston Davies said: ‘We’re truly overwhelmed with the ongoing generosity.

‘We’re so grateful to all our supporters and want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.’

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