2012 Bag-athon: Leeds folk urged to clear out wardrobes and empty drawers

At the launch of the effort to fill 1,000 charity bags are Laura Linton and Andrew Stringer of the Merrion Centre with Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Ann Castle.

At the launch of the effort to fill 1,000 charity bags are Laura Linton and Andrew Stringer of the Merrion Centre with Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Ann Castle.

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Clear out your wardrobes, empty your drawers and make way for the Bag-athon.

All this month the people of Leeds will be urged to join a campaign - backed by the YEP - which will help the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) fight against heart disease.

The challenge is to help fill 1,000 charity bags with unwanted, good quality items this September.

Official charity bags can be collected from local BHF shops or participating newsagents - where they can also be returned once full.

Each bag is worth an average of £20, which will help the charity continue life-saving work locally.

Mavis Dillon, area manager for BHF shops in Leeds, said: “I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved and join in the Great British Bag-athon.

“BHF shops sell 90,000 items daily so donations from the local community are vital.

“We’re always keen to receive lovely clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, books, CDs and DVDs so get filling those bags now. Every bag you fill makes a real difference.”

Shoppers at the Merrion Centre have pledged their support for the Bag-athon, encouraged by the Lord Mayor of Leeds councillor Ann Castle.

If you plan on filling a lot of bags and need to book a free collection or just want more information call 0844 334 1400.

Bag-athon newsagents 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.

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