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I’m writing to thank all those who took part in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Bag It. Beat It. campaign throughout September, helping to generate more than one million bags of quality items for BHF shops and raise awareness of women and heart disease.

It’s shocking to think that there are 3.5million women living with cardiovascular disease in the UK and that heart and circulatory disease nearly kills more women than all cancers combined.

Thanks to the overwhelming support, BHF shops across the North East have received an impressive 50,000 bags of items. Every item donated and bag filled helps the BHF fund vital research and prevents more women suffering from and losing their lives to coronary heart disease.

I have personally experienced the devastation heart disease can bring to a family, having lost my dad and granddad to heart disease. I was also incredibly shocked to learn that 3,400 women in the North East die of heart and circulatory disease each year. This is why I have supported the BHF’s latest campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to Bag It. Beat it.

If you would still like to get involved, the BHF is always in need of donations and would love to receive your unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, books and toys anytime of the year – it even offers a free collection service. To find out more about donating, please visit

Gemma Atkinson,

Actress and BHF supporter