Celebrity couple ‘spring clean’ in aid of British Heart Foundation

Penny Lancaster with one of the items she is auctioning in aid of the British Heart Foundation.Penny Lancaster with one of the items she is auctioning in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Penny Lancaster with one of the items she is auctioning in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Celebrities Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have donated items for auction to help a charity recover from the effects of the coronavirus lockdown.

The British Heart Foundation has seen a major fall in the money it has been able to raise for heart research, and the famous couple have provided several designer goods and memorabilia to get fans bidding and drum up donations.

These include a range of CDs signed by Rod along with world tour souvenirs, while Penny has provided designer clothing and accessories including a Dolce and Gabbana dress and shoes from Roberto Cavalli and Gucci.

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The items are available for bidding from the BHF’s eBay shop until Monday.

Jane Flannery, Retail Regional Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Penny and Rod for their kind generosity in donating these fantastic preloved items to us. These pieces will help us raise much needed funds to help support the 7.4 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.

“The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on the charity’s income, with our funding of new research expected to fall by a shocking £50 million this year alone.

“Our charity shops and eBay store run solely on donations such as these, so we would really appreciate any quality, preloved items the public have been decluttering while at home – such as clothing, jewellery, books and vinyl records. You can either drop them in to us at the new donation’s bins at our shop entrances or use our new freepost donation service, like Penny and Rod. Each item sold will help us raise much needed funds.”

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Penny Lancaster said: “Donating items to the British Heart Foundation couldn’t be easier with their new freepost donation service and is a fantastic way to support the charity – particularly now when they need the support more than ever.

“If, like myself and Rod, you’re having a clear out – then why not donate any items you no longer need to the BHF. Your donations could help beat heartbreak for the families around the UK who have sadly been affected by heart and circulatory diseases.”

Donations support vital research and can alaos help the environment. Last year alone, the BHF saved an incredible 71,000 tonnes of items from going to waste and 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Coronavirus has cost the BHF around £10 million a month, whch could impact future research programmes and delay scientific breakthroughs.

To find your local shop click here or to post your donations click here.

You can bid on Penny and Rod’s items here.

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