BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in Worcestershire have raised £189,000 in the past year thanks to generous residents.

Those who have donated items, purchased goods or given their time to volunteer have all contributed to the county's success to help fund life-saving research into heart disease.

The amount has helped the charity fund 102 defibrillators and nine health care professionals in the local area.

The charity also currently funds 16 Heartstart schemes in Worcestershire which teach Emergency Life Support and CPR training in local schools and businesses.

Cathy Poultney, British Heart Fund Area Manager, said: “We’re truly overwhelmed with the on-going generosity of the local community in Worcestershire.

"We’re so grateful to all our supporters and want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.

“People often don’t realise that the sofa or dress they donate to or buy from their local BHF shop actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in their local hospital to a community heart support group.

“We couldn’t fund this life-saving equipment or research in Worcestershire without the support of the local community and we hope they will continue to support BHF shops for many years to come.”

BHF shops offer a free collection service for donations that can be booked over the phone by calling 0800 915 3000, or online for larger furniture and electrical items at

The charity's shops are always happy to welcome more volunteers. To find out more about volunteering, visit