LETTER: Can you give the gift of time?

I am writing to appeal to your readers to give the gift of time and volunteer in their local British Heart Foundation shop or furniture and electrical store.

Volunteering with the foundation for just half a day could fund a BHF scientist to carry out life saving research for an hour.

The BHF currently funds more than 1,000 research projects investigating every aspect of heart and circulatory disease – from causes and safer drugs to improving surgical techniques, including more than 50 grants in the East Midlands.

Volunteers are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, and play a vital part in fighting coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

It takes in the region of 1,800 volunteers to keep our shops running in the East Midlands and we appreciate every minute people can spare.

Giving time does not just benefit the local BHF shops, it can also help in the hunt for a new job and is a great way to meet new people.

Our volunteers can not only use and develop the skills they already have, but they can also work towards qualifications and be part of a friendly team.

British Heart Foundation shops and stores offer a variety of roles from delivering and collecting stock as one of our volunteer drivers, or working in the warehouse, to working behind the till or merchandising clothes. 
To find out more, please visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer.

Chris Spencer

British Heart Foundation