Leeds Rowing Club members have raced to the finish line in their latest challenge.
The group, based at Roundhay Park in north Leeds, has donated 10 bags of good-quality clothing to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of the YEP-backed Great British Bag-athon.
The campaign aims to encourage residents to clear cupboards, wardrobes and garages of unwanted things, and to give them to BHF to sell in their high street charity shops.
The target is to fill 1,000 bags in Leeds.
Julian Pearce, development officer at the rowing club, said: “We have some brilliantly enthusiastic members, so we were very keen to help out with the British Heart Foundation campaign in support of such a good cause.
“We’re a young club, but we’re already competing at the highest level and the next step is to build a major new boathouse with expanded facilities to help keep the people of Leeds and Yorkshire fit and healthy.”
Official charity bags can be collected from local BHF shops or participating newsagents – where they can also be returned once full.
Each bag received is potentially worth £20, which will help the charity continue life-saving work locally.
Mavis Dillon, area manager for the BHF Leeds shops, said: “It’s fantastic to see members of Leeds Rowing Club taking on a challenge for the Great British Bag-athon.
“We hope that local people will follow their lead and help us out by filling one bag or many for the BHF Leeds shop.”
Visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon or pop into your local BHF charity shop to find out more.
If you are filling lots of bags and need assistance, your local BHF shop can collect items, including bulky electricals, for free. Call 0844 334 1400 to book.
BHF has stores across the city, including at Headingley, Cross Gates and Armley.
Bag-athon newsagents in Leeds are: Turners, Branch Road, Wortley; Maynews, Church Lane, Pudsey; Paddy’s News, Tinshill Lane, Cookridge; Gateways, Middleton Park Road; Patel Stores, Town Street, Belle Isle; Hunslet News, Church Street; Village Store, Church Lane, Swillington; Beeston News, Beeston Road; Stainbeck Stores, Stainbeck Lane and Sai News, Whincover Drive, Farnley.