It was party time at a Motherwell charity shop last week - to thank the people of the town for all their support over the past 12 months.
The British Heart Foundation staged the party at its furntiture and electrical store in Brandon Parade in recognition of the efforts of locals - whether they have donated donated items, volunteered their time or bought something from the store.
Volunteers were joined by Lesley Graham, a BHF-funded research assistant at the University of Glasgow, who thanked them for their contribution.
Thanks to the Motherwell community and others, BHF Scotland shops have raised £4,740,000 for the BHF over the past year. This staggering amount has enabled the BHF to fund 383 defibrillators and 78 healthcare professionals in Scotland.
Sharon McNicol, BHF Scotland Area Manager, said: “We’re truly overwhelmed with the ongoing generosity of the local community in Motherwell.
“We’re so grateful to all our supporters and want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease, which is why we threw a party in their honour.
“It’s also a great opportunity for us to say thank you to our hard-working volunteers and staff, without whom we wouldn’t be able to raise these vital funds.
“We couldn’t help to provide any life saving equipment or research in Motherwell without the support of the community so we hope they join us to celebrate and give themselves a pat on the back,”
Around 8,014 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Scotland every year, but with continued support from local people, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure.
CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer, causing approximately 74,000 deaths in the UK every year.
All the money raised from the Motherwell store will help the BHF fund pioneering research to continue its fight for every heartbeat.
And by gift aiding your donations, the BHF will raise more money from your unwanted things, and it’s completely free.
The Motherwell BHF Scotland Furniture & Electrical store offers a free collection service that can be booked by calling 01698 622340 or, for larger furniture and electrical items, visit bhf.org.uk/free.