Unwanted Furniture & Electricals Collected for Free from the British Heart Foundation
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Unwanted Furniture & Electricals Collected for Free from the British Heart Foundation

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Found 9th Feb 2012
We all have or had furniture or old TV's etc that we just dont know what to do with, well now the British Heat Foundation will collect for free, and you can feel good in the knowledge you have done something good.

I would hope most people would not abuse this service and get things collected which clearly are broken and need to go to the dump.

We can also collect donations of good quality clothing, accessories, shoes, books, CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac at the same time, if you’re having a clear out.
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They won't take chairs or sofas unless they have a fire proof certificate.
SusieM

They won't take chairs or sofas unless they have a fire proof certificate.


snap - came to post that!
Have some heat for the British Heat Foundation
Yeah right, these are the fussiest **** going, i mean you give something away and they come to check if its good enough for them to sell................
obvioulsy I can not vouch for the BHF, just got a leaflet telling me this service is avaliable, I suppose they only have a certain amount of space and the last thing they need is to be collecting items which clearly should be thrown out rather than sold
We have one of these up by us. I wouldnt donate anything to our local branch. We offered them a 3 seater and 2 seater Leather Setee with all the fire certificates, they turned up took one look and said they wouldnt take them as they were the wrong colour!!!!!
Edited by: "C00KIEM0NSTER" 9th Feb 2012
We donated a freezer and they were extremely grateful!
I know numerous people who've been told the charities couldn't take furniture because a chair was missing so it wasn't a complete dining room set or the chairs were different colours etc.

I ended up putting a tv outside during our bulk rubbish collection because having rung round a few local charity shops, they wanted me to ring back on 0871/0844, even though I would've brought it in. The final straw came when one of them said they couldn't take it because it didn't come with a stand!

I'm willing to help out but sometimes they make it too difficult to even bother trying to help them.
Edited by: "BadBargain2" 9th Feb 2012
My experience with the BHF taking unwanted furniture and clothing donations has been perfect.

They arrive on time. Take items with no issues and for no fee (my local council would charge to take away unwanted furniture).

They also write to me several weeks late to let me know how much my donations have raised.

I think BHF are a brilliant charity. Sorry to hear others have not had such good service.

Suzie (SW London)
That should read 'several weeks later' - sorry!
I've had fab service with them too. I'm sure you can even arrange collection online.

Legally they can't accept sofas etc without fire certificates so not their fault. And if the item doesn't have one, I wouldn't want it in my house, whether cheap or not.
if u want to get rid of unwanted stuff and BHF or other charities dont take them (for stupid reasons like missing chair or wrong colour of ur sofa) u can always put it on your local FreeCycle (chech in google). local people will collect it free from your home and u wont need to pay to anyone. its cheaper then taking sofa to the tip if u dont have a transport.
They would not collect our 28 inch tv. Had to take it myself. Also furniture with glass doors was rejected as could not confirm safety glass
Heat added.

haywoodclan1 - Feb 09, 2012 17:44Yeah right, these are the fussiest **** … haywoodclan1 - Feb 09, 2012 17:44Yeah right, these are the fussiest **** going, i mean you give something away and they come to check if its good enough for them to sell................



It's not because BHF think if it is good enough to sell, it's the buyer who decide if he/she wants to buy. so be angry at the fussy customer

I am aware of this after hunting online for furniture charities to come and take some furniture as am downsizing soon , so they actually did seem the best , but will report back after they visit to collect but so far so good for politeness at least!

The council used to take bulky items for free but now charge 20 quid which am not going to pay them basically! lol ( Would RATHER it went to charity anyway so hope they do take my stuff tbh ) x
i have contacted them twice regards good quality furniture and TV's from my residents; BHF failed to even respond the 1st time, and failed to collect the 2nd.
BTW have you seen the prices in their stores??
there is charity, and there is rude.
cold
Wouldn't use them again.
Waited in all day for them to collect a wardrobe. Phoned up and was told they were just ringing around to tell people the lorry had broken down and wouldn't be making it.
I've heard that one before.

EACH is much more deserving. A lot of people can prevent getting heart disease.
I used to run charity events and the junk some people give is only suitable for the skip. The cheek of some people who use great services offered by the BHF to attempt to throw away their junk is nothing but sheer opportunism and a waste of time for those who volunteer their time towards a good cause.
Edited by: "Majnu" 10th Feb 2012
if its good enough to re sell put it on gumtree and put the money in your pocket.lots of people will be happy to pay a little for what you no longer need.Too many charity shops have lost track of what they are about take the good with the bad.
I found they were a pain too. We got them to clear a rental flat (300 miles away due to relocation) that we sold - they took the bed and some pieces of furniture, but wouldn't take a dining table. It was actually quite a nice table, but did not have matching chairs. It had chairs that were perfectly good and they took them, but said they cannot sell a table if it doesn't have matching chairs. Ended up having to drive 600 miles round trip one night to smash up a perfectly good table to get it in the rubbish as the flat needed to be cleared.

Edited by: "winstonmanc" 10th Feb 2012
Freecycle all the way....there are also various recycling places that now pay by weight for household items, clothes shoes etc
pre-loved recycling this is my local.....



Edited by: "Kaosfusion" 10th Feb 2012
I would not give to these people unless it went into shop i could see ,I know of someone that collects for the above mentioned and sells a lot of stuff privatley so much so that he has a new van motorbike and horsebox ,
i know someone works in there shop he told me the staff have the pick of the best stuff for themselves for free virtually

and the prices they charge are ridiculous and delivery charges you better of selling it yourself and donating any monies to charities of u choice
i dont believe all money goes directly to the bha. personally
Set up collection on-line, had to chase them up after a week, finally collected the 3 items, all had the fire-retardant labels on them.
that's my good deed today
BHF's prices are steep. Found that out when my dryer broke down before Christmas and was looking for a 2nd hand one. Ended up buying a brand new one from a leading store for £20 more.

Freecycle or Freegle groups best way to donate things you don't need anymore. Have donated my son's old pushchair, buggies, car seat, clothes amongst others things, and most people are polite and turn up when they say.
This is a Joke.... I spotted this, thought GREAT i'll get rid of some of my old furniture that I was about to take to the dump and also help charity !

I was wrong...!!

Kitchen table - 'We cannot accept tables without chairs'
Kitchen Dresser (One handle missing, easy fix) - We cannot accept this either !

What is the world coming to !!
deb8z

Does that mean it was crap in reality X)



Nope it means their snobs

I was brought up with the saying's "Get what your given" and "Beggars can't be choosers"

What is one man's rubbish is another man's treasure.

BHF should be grateful that people are willing to donate things to them, they should not refuse anything, within reason of course, that might be saleable, even £1 is better than nothing.

Virtually everything is able to be sold on to people or recyclers alike.
deb8z

I disagree cookiemonster,they know their market so to speak,they must … I disagree cookiemonster,they know their market so to speak,they must know that tables don't sell well without chairs,i don't see the problem in them not taking them if they know they won't sell etc etc,they probably have so much they don't have the room to store tables for ages that won't sell.



And how many of us have chairs but no table? They can sell the wood on to the recyclers just as they can rags and electricals.
I've had no problems in using BHF @ Cheetham Hill/Salford & have used their collection service twice without any problems, I did not have to provide a certificate, but the 3 piece did need to have the right fire label, they also collected a tv which was without a stand & I have taken goods to the store which they happily accepted.
winstonmanc

I found they were a pain too. We got them to clear a rental flat (300 … I found they were a pain too. We got them to clear a rental flat (300 miles away due to relocation) that we sold - they took the bed and some pieces of furniture, but wouldn't take a dining table. It was actually quite a nice table, but did not have matching chairs. It had chairs that were perfectly good and they took them, but said they cannot sell a table if it doesn't have matching chairs. Ended up having to drive 600 miles round trip one night to smash up a perfectly good table to get it in the rubbish as the flat needed to be cleared.



Hmm so why did you smash it up?. even if it was too big i'd take it with me still. i dont smash anything up, i hang onto stuff till it's falling apart

I think BHF is good, and they have lots of these shops up and down the country. they have lots of tvs, only the big back tellies though, and vhs recorders too, furniture, and beds, i guess its right though, the table thing, it'd look a bit odd with non matching chairs, but even so, maybe some dont mind?. maybe they know people wont buy a table without chairs.
Are the donated goods actually being sold by the BHF?

Some charities use commercial collectors who export the goods for private sale. Only 40% to 50% of the sale proceeds ever get to the good cause.

Some of the charity collectors are multi-millionaires. The Guardian and the Daily Mail both investigated the commercial collectors for the rag trade who work for one of Britain's best known charities.. ( not the BHF)
I found this page as I too am having a major gripe with British Heart Foundation. I booked a collection of a really nice piece of handmade furniture, which I only wanted to get rid because of a house move. There's a slight fault in the way the door closes (which isn't obvious once door is shut). As it's a lounge storage unit, not a kitchen cabinet I can't see anyone having an issue with this and I never have. I now have 2 days to get rid of it!

I've often visited one of their large stores and my cabinet is a much better quality item than some of the absolute rubbish I've seen in their shop.

Mmmm - methinks the fact it's heavy and needed carrying downstairs had a little something to do with it...?
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