Russell George, Member of the Senedd for Montgomeryshire visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Charity shop on Welshpool High Street.
The British Heart Foundations Welshpool shop sell a range of good quality donated items and new goods, from clothing, shoes and accessories to books, music, toys, and household items. The charity says by shopping or donating you're helping them to continue their life-saving work.
With donations from the public, the BHF funds groundbreaking research that helps bring people closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. The charity fund around £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes.
By 2030, BHF want to see advances across the spectrum of heart and circulatory diseases; they want to prevent these conditions from developing and we want those with existing conditions to have better, longer lives. where millions more people survive a heart attack, where the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half. A world where people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need. And a world of treatments we can’t even imagine today.
BHF have been funding science since 1961 and say that by shopping in your local charity shop, you are helping fund this research. Mr George first visited the Welshpool based shop a decade ago where he once again met shop Manager, Russell Vaughan, who has been at the charity for over 20 years.
Commenting on the visit, Mr George said:
“It was great to visit the British Heart Foundation shop in Welshpool, having first visited 10 years ago. With my namesake, and the shop manager Russell, we recalled my first visit 10 years earlier. I believe the role of the charity shop is important to support funding into research and better treatments.
“We must recognise the valuable contribution these shops like BHF Cymru make to the charitable organisations they represent and the essential services this provides, which will often include health research and the procurement of life-saving technology.
Shop manager, Russell Vaughan said:
“We are really grateful to Mr George for his continued support for the BHF and the work that we do. It was fantastic to be able to welcome Mr George back to the shop again and show him the successes we have had over the last ten years. The shop has gone from strength to strength, and it is all thanks to our fantastic volunteers.”
“Our work is vital to the charity. We raise money to fund lifesaving research across the UK. But we are heavily reliant on volunteers. We have a huge range of volunteer positions available from sales assistant roles to warehouse positions. All of our volunteer’s leave having learned new skills, so whether people are interested in customer service, logistics or sales we have opportunities to suit everyone.”