Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake acknowledged the “incredible” work of staff and volunteers at both the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop and Furniture & Electrical store on Woodcote Road in Wallington.
Mr. Brake visited the shops on 1 March 2014 to see their great work first-hand. After donating his own bag of goods, he was given guided tours of the shops.
The visits come after Tom attended the BHF’s first-ever pop-up shop in Parliament last month. After learning how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research and researchers from his old university - Imperial College - working on heart disease, Mr. Brake was keen to visit his local BHF shops.
Tom said “it was important to me to see how the BHF is supported closer to home.”
“I was delighted to see the great level of support that Wallington gives to the BHF shops. With such hard-working staff, committed volunteers and generous residents, the BHF is able to continue its life-saving research.
BHF Area Manager, June Tumilty, added, “We’re very grateful for Tom Brake’s support and the recognition he gave to our staff and volunteers. The donations he brought with him on Saturday will be sold in the Wallington shop and are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, helping to raise funds in the fight against heart disease.”
The BHF shops in Wallington not only receive support from ordinary members of the public, but also from neighbouring businesses on Woodcote Road including Charlie Brown Hair Salon and Specsavers who have offered raffle-prizes and promotional assistance respectively to increase support for the charity.
Tom commented “it is this sense of community that makes Sutton such a nice place to live”
To find out how you can help your local British Heart Foundation, visit www.bhf.org.uk/shops