Dear Editor,

This Recycle Week (16-22 October), the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is asking the public to have a clear out and donate their preloved toys, games and puzzles to its shops.

As we approach Christmas, we need to make sure our shops are stocked with enough toys and gifts for families and children. And we can only do this with generous donations from the public.

We’re all pretty good at separating out household recycling - and donating preloved goods for charity shops to re-use should be just as routine. In a year, the BHF saves 56,000 tonnes of goods from going to waste.  

Whether it’s a book your children are now too old for, a puzzle that never made it out of the box, or a toy that needs a new home. We welcome all quality donations at the BHF, and it couldn’t be easier to donate your things. Simply drop them into any of the BHF’s 680 shops and stores or post your items to us using our free downloadable label.

Not only will you be helping families and children have a more affordable Christmas, but you will also be helping make a difference to those living with heart and circulatory diseases, of which there are 340,000 in Wales and 7.6 million people across the UK.

Help make a difference and give the gift that keeps on living this Christmas. For decluttering tips, or to find out more about the campaign, visit

Yours sincerely,

David Roman

Sustainability Manager at the British Heart Foundation