Unwanted items have been turned into more than £4,000 of life-saving research into heart disease thanks to donations from staff at a Yorkshire company.
Workers from Lubrizol in Huddersfield and Barnsley joined with colleagues in Derbyshire to bag up unwanted clothes, toys, books and DVDs for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), in a bid to boost the charity’s ongoing fundraising efforts.
More than 300 bags were handed over to the charity as part of its Bag It, Beat It campaign, and the donations were then distributed to the charity’s UK-wide network of retail outlets.
The donations raised £3,700 across the three sites and in the last two months the company has taken the total to more than £4,000 thanks to other fundraising activities.
Chris Hart-Jones, from Lubrizol in Huddersfield and Barnsley, said: “This was our first joint UK partnership with Derbyshire and it’s been a fantastic success.
“Considering both Barnsley and Huddersfield sites are much smaller in employee terms – we have just 57 members of staff across both sites - we still managed to donate a total of 47 bags.
“Such a high rate of participation goes to show how motivated colleagues are, in wanting to work together to the benefit of great charities such as the British Heart Foundation.”
Karen Clegg, spokesperson for Lubrizol in Hazelwood, Derbyshire, said: “As a company we are dedicated to making a contribution to the community and we have nominated the British Heart Foundation as our chosen charity for the next two years.
“This was the first time we have collaborated with our colleagues in Yorkshire, although I don’t think it will be the last. The Bag It Beat It campaign was a great way to support a worthy cause - things even got a little competitive to see who could donate the most bags.
“One member of staff was planning a major overhaul at home, so she donated furniture which raised more than £225.
"Our efforts do not end here, as we have even more fundraising activities planned for the BHF over the coming months.”
Last month, staff from the charity gave a lunchtime talk to Lubrizol staff about the work they carry out and the ways that science and technology have helped half the number of deaths due to heart disease in the UK.
Workers heard from Paula Scaife, BHF fundraising manager, and volunteer Alan Thompson, who survived a cardiac arrest while out cycling.
“At the BHF we fund pioneering research into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under our microscope.
“This year I’m really looking forward to seeing Lubrizol colleagues connect to raise money and fund treatments; working as a team to beat heartbreak forever.”
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