The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is launching a new service that will enable people to donate items to its charity shops through the post.
Throughout June and July, the BHF will start to reopen its 750 shops and stores. As part of new safety measures, the BHF has launched the postal donation system so that people can donate smaller items via post and give to the charity without visiting its shops.
The charity is hoping to receive items that the public have been clearing out while at home. These will be sold either online via the charity’s eBay store or at a BHF shop.
Allison Swaine-Hughes, retail director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Our charity shops run purely on the support of the public, which is why we never take for granted a camera, record or video game that’s donated to us. Every item we sell helps fund our vital research.
“Our new postal donation service is quick, easy and free. It’s the perfect solution if your local BHF shop is not yet open and you have items you want to give, or you’re simply not ready to head to the high street.
“Every pound raised in our shops helps us to support the 7.4 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases, many of whom are at increased risk from Covid-19. Your donations can help us help them.”
All donations given to the BHF will be rested for 72 hours before being placed onto the shop floor. Customers will also be able to donate at new contact-free donation points which will be set up at every BHF shop entrance.
Customers can visit the BHF webpage and request a freepost label which will be emailed to them. They can then choose to either print the label off or bring the email in to one of 7,500 nationwide Collect+ drop off points to be printed off there.
Packages can be up to 10kg. For larger donations to home stores, the BHF will be restarting its free collection service once home stores reopen.