Bagging hope for children born with heart conditions

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Children born with congenital heart disease can bag hope for the future, thanks to a campaign by a Milton Keynes shopping centre.

The 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.

On the weekends of September 19-20 and 26-27 BHF volunteers will be in the centre 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 little heroes continue to fight congenital heart disease.

Kingston Centre spokesman Karen Clayton said: “The Bag It Beat It event is a great idea and provides the perfect opportunity to sort out the cupboards and give away items that you no longer want or need.

“We jumped at the chance to support this event and help raise life-saving funds. Please ask friends, family and colleagues to get involved too.”