CHARITY shop staff in South Tyneside are gearing up for a month-long stock appeal.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which has shops in South Shields and Jarrow, is calling on people to back the Great British Bag-athon.
Running throughout September, the campaign is the UK’s biggest stock donation appeal.
Staff in South Tyneside are putting up posters, blowing up balloons and getting bags at the ready for people to pack with their unwanted things.
This year, BHF shops are aiming to collect one million bags of donated items to raise vital funds for life-saving research into heart disease.
Alison Coffey, assistant manager of the BHF shop in King Street, South Shields, said: “We look for clothing, toys, handbags, shoes. You name it, we will have it – as long as it isn’t broken!”
BHF shops in Tyne and Wear are aiming to fill about 2,000 bags each.
Jeanette Lawrenson, assistant manager of the BHF shop in Viking Precinct, Jarrow, said: “The campaign has proven popular in the past. We have had quite a few bags in from the Bag-athon.”
People are being urged to support the appeal by filling bags with unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs and DVDs, and dropping them off at their local BHF shop.
This year, you can also take on a bag-filling challenge by setting a target number of bags you’d like to collect and asking friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues to pledge to fill bags.
Register online at www.bhf.org.uk/bagathon to find out more and check your placing in the national league table.
Nigel Bullock, Tyne and Wear area manager for BHF shops, said: “The launch of the Great British Bag-athon is only a few weeks away.
“We’d like everyone in Tyne and Wear to set aside some time to clear out their wardrobe and join in the UK’s biggest bag filling event.
“Every bag that you fill is a bag full of life-saving research.”