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Have a clear out, help fund life-saving research into heart disease
8:30am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A STUDLEY woman who recently lost her husband is urging residents to support the latest campaign from British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Marianne O’Flaherty is calling on people to have a clear out and fill a bag with unwanted items as part of the Great British Bag-athon.
The aim is to collect as many bags as possible in turn raising as much cash as possible for the charity.
Last year Mrs O’Flaherty took part in memory of her husband Alan, who died suddenly of a heart attack while at work.
This year she is pledging to fill an ambitious 150 bags, worth roughly £3,000, to help the BHF continue its life-saving research into heart disease.
“This is my second year supporting the Great British Bag-athon and I’m hoping to beat last year’s bag total,” she said.
“The BHF is a cause close to my heart after losing my husband to a heart attack over three years ago.
“He was the love of my life and my soul mate and my whole world crumbled.”
Mrs O’Flaherty added: “Joining in couldn’t be easier, just set aside some time and have a clear out of the things you no longer want, or need, and take them to your local BHF shop.
“Every bag is a bag full of life-saving research.”
Bags can be filled with anything from clothes and handbags to DVDs and toys.
Darren Irwin, from BHF, said: “It’s fantastic to see people like Marianne rallying the local community and supporting the Great British Bag-athon.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to have a clear out and donate any unwanted items, while raising vital funds to support those in our community who are living with heart disease.”
For more information, visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon or call 0844 412 5000 to arrange a free collection.
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