People across the district can clear out items such as clothes and small electrical items for collection over the next few months – and benefit the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the same time.

The scheme, called ‘Clothes+’, is a partnership between the city council, BHF and Serco. It’s expanding district-wide following a successful trial in Herne Bay and Whitstable over the last 18 months, which has seen an estimated £26,000 raised for BHF as a result of items being sold in their shops.

Every home will receive a collection in early May, early July and late October. Residents should look out for an information leaflet through their door and a wheelie bin hanger letting them know when their collection will be taking place.

Items that can be put out for collection include clothes and shoes, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac and toys. Small electrical items such as kettles, toasters, irons, digiboxes, hair driers, hair straighteners, radios and table lamps will also be taken away.

All items must be clean and in good condition, while electrical items must be in full working order, so that everything can be sold in the BHF’s shops. Ensure they are securely packaged to protect them from the weather or damage and put them out with the recycling bin. The bags are not taken at the same time as bins are emptied.

Popular electrical items during the trial in the coastal towns were hair straighteners, clock radios and toasters, while clothing brands donated and resold included Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren and Superdry.