A MAJOR charity is urging Hampshire residents to donate their unwanted Christmas presents this year.

The British Heart Foundation says 61 per cent of people in the South East receive two unwanted gifts per year – up to £2.7billion worth of presents at the average price of £21.75 per item.

Its branches will accept any unwanted gifts from socks and candles to DVDs and books.

BHF Deputy Retail Director, Diane Locke, said: “It’s incredible that there’s £2.7 billion worth of unwanted Christmas gifts in the UK this year. Every year people receive presents that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.

“These unwanted presents can make an extraordinary difference to BHF shops. We’re encouraging South East people to donate their unwanted gifts and help raise vital funds in the fight against heart disease.”

Profits from its charity shops go to fighting heart disease.

For more information on BHF shops and to locate your nearest shop visit bhf.org.uk or call 0844 412 5000.