Bargain Hunter: Charity does begin at home - BHF will collect without charge


If you've ever tried to clear out some of the larger unwanted items from your home, you'll know that it can be a costly business. Some councils charge up to £50 to take away an old sofa, for instance. But a charity is offering to do it free, just in time for anyone who's planning a bit of spring cleaning.

British Heart Foundation shops, and its furniture and electrical stores, will pick up everything without charge – from a bag of clothes, books and shoes to that unwanted sofa, dining table or wardrobe. And every penny of profit it raises from selling your unwanted stuff funds life-saving research into fighting coronary heart disease. Last year the charity raised more than £31m.

BHF now has more than 150 furniture and electrical stores across England, Scotland and Wales. To book a free collection for any items, from bags of clothes to three-piece suites, just go online to or call 0800 915 3000.

Sing a song of chip shops to win a Philips Airfryer

You may have missed the fact that it's National Chip Week, but if you'd like to celebrate the event we have an exclusive competition to give away two £130 Philips Airfryers to readers.

The safe-cooking low-fat airfryers are being offered by over-fifties insurance expert RIAS, to highlight the dangers of chip-pan fryers. The company said the average cost per claim for chip-pan fryers last year was £34,000 for fire damage to property and repairs to fixtures and structure, as well as smoke damage, which is not always confined to the kitchen.

Peter Corfield of RIAS said: "With the advent of healthier, safer methods of achieving the perfect chips, such as airfryers, we would like to encourage more people to change the way they cook chips."

To be in with a chance of winning a Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer, email the answer to the following question to by next Thursday, 27 February: according to the Kirsty MacColl song, "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's..." Who?

Half-price short hire

from Europcar Europcar is offering up to 50 per cent off standard car hire booked before 31 March for reservations up to 31 May, plus up to 20 per cent off its Prestige fleet. The discount is based on a one or two-day hire, checking out Sunday, Monday or Thursday. More information at

Double cashback courtesy of Quidco this weekend

Quidco is running a double cashback weekend. Rates of up to 16 per cent are available from the likes of ASOS, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Argos and Hotel Chocolat until midnight on Monday evening. It's available to all new and existing Premium users. Go to for details.

Independent Partners; Do you need financial advice on your investments, pension or insurance? Book a free consultation with an independent Financial Adviser at

Finacial products from our partners
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Money & Business

    Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

    £40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

    Neil Pavier: Management Accountant

    £45,000 - £55,000: Neil Pavier: Are you looking for your next opportunity for ...

    Sheridan Maine: Commercial Accountant

    £45,000 - £55,000: Sheridan Maine: Are you a newly qualified ACA/ACCA/ACMA qua...

    Laura Norton: Project Accountant

    £50,000 - £60,000: Laura Norton: Are you looking for an opportunity within a w...

    Day In a Page

    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

    Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine