Legendary Help For The British Heart Foundation

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church rallies to help raise much-needed resources for the British Heart Foundation…

The congregation of the Lowestoft Gospel Hall became “Bag-athon” legends in October 2012 according to Mike Taylor, Retail Director of the British Heart Foundation. Led by Eward Tennent, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church community donated a staggering 2,768 filled bags across the country.

“This has been an amazing achievement.” said Mike. “We would like to thank everyone at the Church who has been involved in making this such a success.”

Across the region, Plymouth Brethren Christian Church member filled bags with their unwanted things (clothes, shoes, books, DVDs, CDs and games) and dropped them off at the BHF on the malls near Argos. Each bag filled equalled bags of money (on average £20 per bag), which equals vital funding for the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving work, so every bag filled made a difference!

Mike went on to say how much the British Heart Foundation appreciated the support of the Church and their ongoing charitable activities, not just for the Foundation but across the wider fund raising community at large. Every single bag filled helps fund their life-saving work and allows them to help even more people living with heart disease.

Edward Tennent was delighted to accept the Certificate Of Appreciation on behalf of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and went on to say how much the community enjoyed pulling together for such a worthy cause. “We are looking forward to the prospect of participating again in 2013 and seeing how much we can beat this legendary record by next year.”

More information:

British Heart Foundation – Bag-athon

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church

11 thoughts on “Legendary Help For The British Heart Foundation”

  1. Jeannette says:

    Jim appears to have a query as to the actual value of the goods donated ‘do we know how much they actually raised money-wise’.
    I speak as being directly involved in the collection of clothes & other reusable items from my local Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.
    25th July we had 26 bags of clothes etc. collected by the North London Hospice (Yes we do donate to a lot of different charities) and shortly afterwards received a letter from the Hospice (which was dated 1/8/13 – 1 week from the date of the collection) and they had already had Sales of £77.47!
    We assume that more will be raised in the weeks that follow.
    If 26 bags raised £77.47 in one week, then 2768 would potentially have fetched over £8240 in a week and hopefully a lot more over a longer period of time.

  2. jaydee says:

    Okay…I fail to see how the Charities Commission doesn’t see this as “Public Benefit”…I wish they’d open their eyes! Keep up the good work PBCC!

  3. Ali says:

    I love to see everyone doing something for the community.

  4. Nick says:

    I think this is excellent, keep up the good work team!

  5. Jim says:

    Thanks Admin – you’re doing a great job!
    Out of interest has anyone thought of giving to the brave guys who run our lifeboats?

    (can I paste a picture on here?)

  6. Brad says:

    This is amazing stuff! Great to see the energy of such a young team engaged wholeheartedly with the Plymouth Brethren Chrisitan Church and their dedication to helping people in need.

    1. Jim says:

      Yes Brad – do we know how much they actually raised money-wise?
      Maybe it’s there and I’ve missed it.

  7. Nick says:

    Why don’t you do this for other charity groups?

  8. Charles says:

    Fantastic! Have there been any charities assisted in New Zealand?

    1. Editor says:

      Absolutely. Check out on Brethren Assist in Christchurch Earthquake post. Starship Childrens Hospital, NZ Rescue Helicopters, Red Cross have all received significant funding from the Plymouth Brethren Church for years.

  9. Lloyd says:


    Another great effort for a worthy cause.

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