Donation Day – What and what not to donate

Donation Day LeafletBritish Heart Foundation Day

Every apartment should have received a plastic sack with the leaflet shown left attached. (If not ask Reception for one.)

You are asked to fill the sack with your unwanted goods and take it to Reception on Wednesday 9th between 8am and noon.

The items will be sold in the Bull Street shop.

But what can BHF accept?

They can accept items to sell in the general categories below:

  • Furniture – with fire labels
  • Large electrical appliances
  • Small electrical items
  • Books
  • Shoes and handbags
  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Jewellery
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Children’s toys
  • Homeware

If you would like to donate high value items contact their specialist team on 0800 138 6556 or email

They can’t sell certain things for legal or safety reasons. The list is long and some things are for obvious reasons but others are not. The full list I give beneath the text below.

Some background to the British Heart Foundation

It is the UK’s number one heart charity and through 50 years of funding cutting edge research it has made a big difference to people’s lives.

The focus is on groundbreaking research. Today, they are funding thousands of research projects around the UK that are fighting heart disease.

Find out about research they’re funding. For more information visit their website.

Some Statistics

  • There are over 950 BHF Healthcare Professionals caring for patients across the UK.
  • Over 3,500 Heartstart UK schemes to educate people what to do in various emergency situations (not just cardiac emergencies). More than 3.2 million people have been trained by Heartstart UK in schools (for example via the Saving Londoners’ Lives project) and the community.
  • In 2013, the British Heart Foundation had a gross income of over £133m.[2]
  • Every year 1 in every 145 babies are born in the UK with a congenital heart defect.


What cannot BHF accept?

Furniture and Housewares

  • Upholstered furniture without a fire label including all items donated as sets
  • Candles without instructions

Electrical Items

  • Electric blankets
  • Electric showers
  • Sunbeds and tanning equipment
  • Waste disposal units
  • Power tools without instructions
  • Refrigeration – selected Beko models

Heating and Cooking

  • Gas appliances (mains or bottled goods)
  • Gas cookers
  • Oil filled radiators (not supplied with a thermostat)
  • Oil heaters (mobile)
  • Storage heaters (hardwired)
  • Oil and Gas Agas

Sports and Safety Equipment

  • Bicycles
  • Buoyancy aids, lifejackets, inflatable dingies
  • Safety helmets, riding hats, crash helmets
  • Cycle helmets
  • Safety harnesses of any sort
  • Fire fighting equipment

Children’s Equipment

  • Children’s car seats
  • Prams, pushchairs and buggies
  • Highchairs
  • Cots, carry cots, playpens
  • Toys without a CE mark

Software and Hardware

  • Home recorded DVDs, video and audio tapes
  • Home recorded computer games and software on recordable CDs and DVDs
  • Computer hard drives, laptops and notepads


  • Knives
  • Swords, sword stocks, crossbows
  • Guns and ammunition (including replica guns, unless obviously toys)


  • Personal appliances, such as shavers, foot spas etc (unless in mint condition, sealed box)
  • Medication including vitamins
  • Perishable goods, food and drink
  • Prescription spectacles
  • Cleaning agents, solvents and adhesives
  • Items made from ivory
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