A HEART charity’s shops have raised more than £450,000 across Oxfordshire in the past year.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) will use the money to fund life-saving research into heart disease.
It said it has so far funded 124 defibrillators, nine health care professionals and two heart support groups in the county.
The charity also funds 10 Heartstart schemes in Oxfordshire, which teach emergency life support and CPR training in schools and businesses.
Area manager Margaret Richardson said: “We’re truly overwhelmed with the ongoing generosity of the community in Oxfordshire.
“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.
“People often don’t realise that the sofa or dress they donate to or buy from their local BHF shop actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in their local hospital to a community heart support group.
“We couldn’t fund this life-saving equipment or research in Oxfordshire without the support of the local community and we hope they will continue to support BHF shops for many years to come.”
The charity said about 600 people in Oxfordshire die from coronary heart disease each year.
It has seven shops in the county selling clothes, shoes, handbags, CDs, DVDs and books, and a furniture and electrical specialist store in Banbury.
Donated items can be collected by the BHF free of charge – call 0800 915 3000.
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