Today (February 27) the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical store in Dunstable is celebrating six months of raising vital funds in the fight for every heartbeat.
This money helps fund essential research which could create a better future for so many – from babies born with heart defects to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.
Since opening on August 27, the West Street store has welcomed thousands of customers through its doors. Thanks to the ongoing support from the local community, vital funds raised have been pumped into the BHF’s life-saving research to fight coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.
This support also makes a real difference in the local area. The BHF have funded four Heartstart schemes, 15 defibrillators and one heart failure nurse in the Central Bedfordshire area.
The large store has fresh stock on display daily, and sells a huge range of furniture such as suites, sofas, chairs, dining sets, beds and wardrobes plus an array of electrical items including TVs, hi-fis, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers.
Selling a wide range of pre-owned, new, and vintage items at great prices the new store has something for everyone and is the ideal hunting ground.
The Dunstable store is now appealing to the local community for volunteers to help continue its great work.
It needs 250 hours of help from volunteers each week and is encouraging all Dunstable people to get in touch if they have a few hours to spare and would like to learn new skills.
Last year BHF Furniture & Electrical stores awarded 600 NVQs in England and Wales.
Craig Fraser, BHF area manager, said: “I would like to say a big thank-you to our volunteers/staff and all our loyal customers who have supported the store over the past six months. Thanks to your generous donations and support BHF researchers are able to continue their relentless search for a breakthrough to put an end to the suffering.
“We’re hoping that the people of Dunstable will continue to support us, and we urge them to continue donating unwanted household items that will help save lives.
“We’re also appealing to any local people who have some spare time to consider volunteering at the Dunstable store. We have roles to suit everyone. Just pop into the store or give us a call to find out more.”
Local people can book a free collection by going online at bhf.org.uk/free or calling the store on 0800 915 3000.