Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation
Unwanted items have been exchanged for £500 of life-saving research into heart disease by staff at a Derbyshire company.
Workers from Lubrizol in Hazelwood bagged up unwanted clothes, toys, books and DVDs for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in a bid to boost the charity’s ongoing fundraising efforts.
More than 50 bags were donated to the charity as part of its ‘Bag It, Beat It’ campaign which will be distributed to its UK-wide network of retail outlets.
The donations raised a much-needed £549 for the charity, which has reported that Covid-19 has cut its ability to fund new research by half.
Lubrizol has agreed to support the charity for two years and its staff collected a total of £10,515 in the first 12 months.
Tom Grazier, chair of the charity committee at Lubrizol, said: “Staff at Lubrizol are prolific fundraisers, but lockdown has meant we haven’t been able to get together and arrange group activities this year.
“However, the first lockdown did give staff the time to have a good tidy up at home and so the Bag It, Bin It campaign was the perfect cause.
“We can’t wait until we are all in the office again and we can refocus our fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation, which is such a worthy cause.”
Paula Scaife, BHF fundraising manager, said: “Lubrizol have really thrown themselves into fundraising for the BHF and its great to see so many people filling bags for our shops.
“At the BHF we fund pioneering research into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under our microscope.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how else Lubrizol colleagues connect to raise money and fund treatments; working as a team to beat heartbreak forever.”