People are being urged to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to charity.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which has branches across Sussex, is calling for the nation to kick start 2024 by having a declutter and donating any unwanted presents.

Rather than let your unwanted items gather dust, put them in the post by downloading a freepost label or take them down to your local BHF shop.

The BHF will take any quality items including clothing, jewellery, books and games and saves more than 56,000 tonnes of goods from going to landfill every year.

Dr Helen Nuttall, BHF retail ambassador, said: “This new year, I will be decluttering and donating any unwanted items to the BHF. Donating to charity and having a clear out can increase dopamine in your brain and help you escape the January blues.”

Allison Swaine-Hughes, retail director at BHF, said: “At the BHF, we depend on the generous donations from the public to continue to fund our lifesaving research.

“If you have any items that you want to donate, simply drop them off at any of our 680 BHF shops or post them for free. Every item sold will help keep families together for Christmases to come.”