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Nation’s heart charity warns of bogus collection in the capital

posted 17 Feb 2010, 06:09 by myEdinburgh Admin
Householders in Edinburgh are being warned not to confuse a commercial doorstep collection with an urgent stock appeal for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland shops.

Leaflets are circulating in the capital showing an image of a heart and asking donors to leave their unwanted items in a plastic bag on their doorstep to be collected this Saturday.

BHF Scotland Shops Regional Manager, Nancy McConnachie, is warning that this collection will not benefit BHF Scotland, nor any other heart charity.

She says: “We are concerned that householders may think this collection is for a Scottish charity. Our enquiries show that these items will go to Poland and be sold for commercial gain.

“BHF Scotland Shops in the capital are desperate for donations of good quality clothes, shoes, handbags, bric-a-brac, books, CDs and DVDs. We’d urge anyone with good quality items to bring them directly to one of our shops or to call us to arrange a collection.

“All profits raised from goods donated to BHF Scotland Shops go directly to fighting heart disease, which remains Scotland’s biggest killer. “

BHF Scotland collection vans display BHF logos and drivers carry identification cards which they are instructed to produce if asked by a member of the public. To check if a legitimate collection is taking place in your neighbourhood, please contact your local shop.

To find your nearest BHF Scotland Shop please call 0844 412 5000 or visit