Charity issues timely reminder over unwanted Christmas gifts

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Almost £3billion worth of unwanted Christmas presents in the UK could be donated to charity this year according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

In a timely reminder, the charity is urging the estimated 70 per cent of people in Northern Ireland who will have items surplus to requirements to help fund research into heart disease.

With the average price per Christmas gift said to be £21.75, more than £2.7 billion pounds worth of unwanted presents could be donated to good causes.

BHF Northern Ireland shops are happy to accept all unwanted gifts - including candles, Christmas jumpers, socks, games, handbags, books and DVDs.

Diane Locke of BFH said: “It’s incredible that there’s £2.7 billion worth of unwanted Christmas gifts in the UK this year. Every year people receive presents that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.

“These unwanted presents can make an extraordinary difference to BHF shops. We’re encouraging people to donate their unwanted gifts and help raise vital funds in the fight against heart disease.”

Last year BHF’s network or 700 shops raised £31million to help the BHF fight heart disease - the nation’s single biggest killer.

Further information on BHF Northern Ireland shops, and the location of your nearest shop, is available at www.bhf.org.uk or by calling 0844 412 5000.