The British Heart Foundation, by Alastair Eastland

BHF shop

Alastair wrote this poem about the work of BHF shops and the vital role of volunteers and those who donate to our shops.

This great charity is surrounded by fame.

A British foundation: The heart is its name.

Its spirit of love has responsible aid.

To rescue the hearts which are hurt and delayed.


It has many branches near and far.

They all are attractive wherever they are.

The constant existence by staff from them all

Can hear the patients’ emergency call.


And anyone new is invited to stay

To join in the work any time any day.

The teams work together which help their lives change.

Then members move on with their lives to arrange.


And many kind donors like giving their share

Through consideration to show that they care.

The heart indicates that it’s more than a shape.

The kindness will not let the pleasure escape.


Donations are sold in this charity’s deed

For hearts to be mended and joy to be freed.

Each rail after rail and shelf after shelf

Is part of the heart which is the shop itself.


The windows are showing fantastic displays

Including the hearts for the Valentine’s days.

Everybody loves it so do make a start.

Just enter the shop and it enters your heart.

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