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10th July 2014

Second hand sofas are saving lives – thanks to a successful partnership between The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and London’s biggest owner-operated serviced apartments company, Marlin Apartments.

The partnership sees Marlin donate furniture as it refurbishes its apartments. So far The British Heart Foundation has raised almost £5,000 from 48 donated sofas. Marlin has also arranged further collections planned for July and the rest of 2014.

What money raised from the donations so far could convert to:

  • 160 chest pain kits to support community trainers to deliver lifesaving messages
  • Six defibrillators for a local community or businesses, which could save lives
  • Funding a young BHF scientist for 24 days

Marlin Apartments is also donating all lost & found unclaimed items in hope to raise more money for the charity.

£5,000 of money will fund:

  • A liquid nitrogen storage tank, which stocks of frozen cells at -196C to retain viability indefinitely for future use in essential research
  • 28 days of specialist Heart Failure nursing, changing the lives of around 170 heart failure sufferers

Susan Cully, Managing Director of Marlin Apartments, said: “Being 4* rated accommodation means that we are continuously updating our furniture; most recently we simply changed our sofas which were in superb condition as we required sofa beds to offer more flexibility to customers. Marlin are overjoyed that rather than disposing of them, they have gone to a fantastic cause, we want to make sure we are doing all we can to help people who need it most. Now our sofas are paying for life-saving equipment and research.

“This is just the first step in our new relationship and with more developments and refurbishment planned as part of the business’ wider growth strategy, we will be donating everything we can this year to support the crucial work of The BHF.”

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