The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging retailers and businesses across the fashion, homewares, electrical and technology sectors to donate it any excess stock, or unwanted assets, in a bid to support its online sales and physical stores once lockdown lifts.
With all 730 of its high-street stores currently closed and customer collections suspended, the Covid-19 crisis has dealt a “devastating” blow to the charity’s income and cut research funding in half.
BHF head of retail partnerships Karen O’Donoghue said: “We are acutely aware that this has been a difficult time for businesses and retailers alike.
“Similarly, at the BHF we have struggled to keep donations at a steady level, as our shops have been closed throughout the lockdowns.
“Companies that are able to support by donating excess stock, or any unwanted resalable items, will not only be helping to raise vital funds for heart research but will also be reducing waste, subsequently adding to their sustainability credentials.”
“The last year has been incredibly difficult for our shops but with the help of the public and businesses alike, we can continue to support the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.”
The BHF has expanded its product range during the Pandemic, by committing to selling anything of value across its retail estate for the best price possible – from homewares to flatpack furniture, electronics, accessories, fashion and even industrial items not normally associated with charity shops.
Last year the BHF rescued 74,000 tonnes of items that may have gone to waste and prevented 135,000 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
Businesses keen to donate can find out more here.