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Unwanted onesies could save lives

Volunteer and heart transplant patient Stephen Dobbins with a post-Christmas donation.

Volunteer and heart transplant patient Stephen Dobbins with a post-Christmas donation.

A charity with a shop in Spalding is urging residents to donate their unwanted gifts and help save lives.

Almost six in ten (57 per cent) East Midlands people receive at least one gift that they don’t want every Christmas, according to new research by British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops for the launch their annual Unwanted Christmas Gifts Appeal in the fight against heart disease.

The onesie came out top of the charts for East Midlands people, with 34 per cent admitting this would be their most unwanted gift. Coming in at a close second was celebrity weight loss DVDs (25 per cent) followed by the Christmas jumper (16 per cent).

Other unwanted items include a celebrity cook book and socks.

The main culprits for giving unwanted Christmas gifts were also highlighted with grandparents coming out on top (ten per cent), followed by mums (eight per cent) and partners (seven per cent).

Spalding’s BHF shop is urging the public to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to help fund life-saving research in the fight for every heartbeat.

Last Christmas, BHF shops received a surge in donations of candles, toiletries, clothing, accessories, books and DVDs.

Karen Curtis, Spalding BHF shop manager, said: “People often receive perfectly good gifts that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.

“We encourage people to donate these items to our shop so that unwanted Christmas gifts can help in the fight against heart disease.

“Heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer, with 2.3 million people currently living with the devastating effects.

“Every penny of profit raised helps to fund vital, life-saving research into this deadly disease.

“We would also welcome anyone interested in volunteering.”

To arrange a collection or become a volunteer at the shop, call 01775 713566.

 

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