New mayor kicks off Great British Bagathon

Becky Hall and Sarah Fowle from the British Heart Foundation with Aylesbury Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.
Becky Hall and Sarah Fowle from the British Heart Foundation with Aylesbury Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.

The new Mayor of Aylesbury, Tom Hunter-Watts, kicked off the British Heart Foundation’s biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bagathon with an event at Friars Square shopping Centre on Saturday.

The foundation’s shops are urging people to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bagathon to help fight heart disease.

Becky Hall and Sarah Fowle from the British Heart Foundation with Aylesbury Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.

Becky Hall and Sarah Fowle from the British Heart Foundation with Aylesbury Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts.

The Great British Bagathon is the charity’s biggest stock donation campaign, aiming to raise one million bags of unwanted things throughout September.

Volunteers will be in Friars Square until Sunday, September 29 giving out stock donation bags and asking shoppers to fill one bag, or many, with unwanted clothes, books, homewares, toys, CDs, and DVDs, then take it to the drop point in the centre or the heart foundation shop.

After the event at the shopping centre has ended, filled bags can continue to be donated to the Great British Bag-athon at the foundation shop.

Foundation area Manager, Sue Halsey, said: “We are delighted to be holding a Great British Bag-athon event Friars Square again this year.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to have a clear out and donate any unwanted items, raising vital funds to support those in our community who are living with heart disease.

“You can even take on a bag filling challenge. Simply set a target and ask your friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues to pledge you bags and bring them along to our event.

“We’d like to urge everyone in Aylesbury’s local community to get involved with this Great British Bag-athon event and help us raise bags full of unwanted things.

“This event can really help us reach our target of raising 1 million bags throughout September. Coronary Heart Disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and every bag you fill is a bag full of life-saving research. Every donation really makes a difference.”