WITH spring just around the corner, I wanted to encourage your readers to keep the BHF in mind during their spring clear out this year and donate any unwanted items to their local BHF shop to help fund life saving heart research.

It is a sad reality that there are an estimated 616,100 people living with heart and circulatory disease in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The BHF funds over £100 million of research across the UK each year into fighting these terrible diseases – from improving diagnosis to finding life saving new treatments – to help create a better future for everyone affected.

It is only down to our generous supporters that we are able to fund this truly ground-breaking heart research.

Donating any good quality items from your spring clear out to the BHF is a really simple way everyone can get involved and help in the fight for every heartbeat.

We offer a free home collection service which can be booked through your local shop or by calling our free-phone number on 0800 915 3000. If you are a UK taxpayer you can also Gift Aid your donation which helps us to make an extra 25p for each £1 raised.

To find your local shop, order free donation bags or find out more about our free collection service, please visit bhf.org.uk/bagit

Linda Puchala, Area manager, British Heart Foundation