Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The UCKG HelpCentre’s national bric-a-brac appeal in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) collected 3.63 tonnes of quality goods for the UK’s leading heart health charity during February, with the bulk of that from the London area.
Collections were organised at 25 HelpCentres in England and one at Cardiff in Wales as part of the UCKG HelpCentre’s 2014 community outreach programme, with HelpCentre members turning out their own cupboards and asking friends and neighbours to do the same. Local communities where UCKG HelpCentres are based were also leafleted, asking householders to contribute as well.
Kim Powell, who coordinates the outreach programme said: “We believe in helping people on a practical level. As coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, it seemed a good idea to do something for the BHF because of the way it helps sufferers and funds research.
“We also took the opportunity to alert members at our HelpCentres to the importance of heart health.”
Having now received all the items for sale at their shops, Karen O’Donoghue, Stock Generation Manager for the BHF said: “The British Heart Foundation is absolutely delighted with the recent support from the UCKG HelpCentre, with centres donating almost 200 boxes of unwanted items to our shops. This is a fantastic way for an organisation to support the BHF and generate much-needed items to sell in our shops and join the fight against heart disease.”
The biggest collections were gathered at the HelpCentres in Finsbury Park (16 boxes/317kg), Willesden Green (15 boxes/187.5kg), Brixton (13 boxes/343kg), and Peckham (12 boxes /314kg). Outside London the two Birmingham branches at Lozells and Bullring produced a combined total of 17 boxes of bric-a-brac weighing 426kg. The full results of the collections are as follows:
Brixton 13 boxes – 343 kilos
Bullring, Birmingham 9 boxes – 165 kilos
Cardiff 5 boxes – 144 kilos
Catford 12 boxes – 176 kilos
Croydon 2 boxes – 30 kilos
Edmonton 5 boxes – 70 kilos
Finsbury Park 16 boxes – 317 kilos
Gravesend, Kent 2 boxes – 12 kilos
Hackney 5 boxes – 96 kilos
Hammersmith 6 boxes – 123 kilos
Kilburn 7 boxes – 81 kilos
Leeds 6 boxes – 97 kilos
Leicester 5 boxes – 144 kilos
Lozells, Birmingham 8 boxes – 261 kilos
Luton 6 boxes – 61 kilos
Manchester 4 boxes – 75 kilos
Newcastle 4 boxes – 81 kilos
Peckham 12 boxes – 314 kilos
Plaistow 10 boxes – 100 kilos
Southall 9 boxes – 180 kilos
Stamford Hill 10 boxes – 200 kilos
Stratford 7 boxes – 108.8 kilos
Swindon 2 boxes – 21 kilos
Tooting 8 boxes – 173 kilos
Willesden Green 15 boxes – 187.5 kilos
Wood Green 6 boxes – 74 kilos
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity. It was formed in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease. Its pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions, and its vision is for a world where people don’t die prematurely from heart disease.
For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.