Time to clear up some toy clutter folks and get it over to the British Heart Foundation as their annual toy amnesty opens. Until this Friday 12th the BHF’s nationwide fleet of van drivers will be ready to swoop in and collect toys big and small, – all donations going towards helping the charity’s research into beating heart disease. Use the #MyToyStory hashtag on social media and tell everyone a bit about the toys you’re donating and perhaps even stick a story note inside and tell the new owners a bit about your donation.
Allison Swaine-Hughes, Retail Director for the British Heart Foundation, said: “As a parent I know how easy it can be for toys to end up piled everywhere – with some not played with for months! The British Heart Foundation Toy Amnesty is here to help clear out those toys that are ready for a new home and a whole new set of adventures. Call the BHF for a free collection or pop in to one of our 550 shops and donate in person – you could even pick up one of our donated toys at the same time. Every item sold in a BHF shop helps us to raise even more funds for our life-saving heart research.”
The BHF’s eBay Toy Expert at the British Heart Foundation, Chris Walker says collectable toys are just as popular: “Items such as Polly Pocket, Subbuteo, Corgi cars, Transformers, Star Wars and Lego, are all big sellers for us. They often have cult followings and are in demand from collectors. Toys from the 80s and early 1990s are popular too as a lot of the people who were children then have now grown up and become nostalgic for their childhood. Items like Sega and Nintendo are always welcome!’
Last year the BHF made £3 million from the sale of toys alone. Donate your pre-loved toys to your local British Heart Foundation shop and you can help the millions of children and adults across the UK living with heart and circulatory disease.