Milton Keynes shoppers bagging more hope for the future

BHF Bag It Beat It campaign in the Kingston Centre'Dept Mayor  Cllr Keith McLean,Vernon Hince (back) and Michael Bunning
BHF Bag It Beat It campaign in the Kingston Centre'Dept Mayor Cllr Keith McLean,Vernon Hince (back) and Michael Bunning

New hope has been bagged for children born with congenital heart disease, thanks to a campaign by a Milton Keynes shopping centre.

Kingston Shopping Centre has joined forces with British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops for the Bag It Beat It campaign, which urges the Milton Keynes community to donate bags full of unwanted items.

The campaign began on Saturday, as Deputy Mayor, Councillor Keith McLean donated the first bag of items.

Volunteers will be in the centre again this weekend, giving out stock donation bags and asking shoppers to fill a bag with unwanted clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys. The filled bags can then by taken to the drop-point in the centre or to the BHF shop.

Every bag donated will help fund life-saving heart research, helping over 40,000 children fighting congenital heart disease.

Kingston Centre spokesman Karen Clayton said: “We are all guilty at some point in our lives of having cupboards full to the brim with items. So, why not make life easier, clear out the cupboards and join in the Bag It. Beat It. campaign and help fund life-saving research into congenital heart disease.

“Please get all your friends, neighbours, family and colleagues together and simply fill up a bag and join the BHF in the fight against heart disease.”