Sorry I opened the door to stranger

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MRS L WARD Berke­ley Road, Hilling­don AN­DREA MCLEAN, TV pre­sen­ter and face of BHF Fur­ni­ture & Elec­tri­cal stores

A WOMAN aged ap­prox­i­mately 50 knocked on my door and said ‘I feel sorry to knock on your door, but I haven’t got enough money for the bus and could you please give me 70p’.

I an­swered curtly that I had no money as I had spent it all and shut the door.

This woman was car­ry­ing a brand-new look­ing Sains­bury bag and had a stain like a black eye (or birth mark) be­low her left eye.

I do not usu­ally open the door to strangers and thought af­ter­wards she could have had an ac­com­plice hid­ing be­hind my neigh­bour’s high hedge, as one of­ten hears about.

Per­haps other read­ers have had the same ex­pe­ri­ence?

Only thought af­ter­wards that as cash is not ac­cepted on lo­cal buses, she would not have achieved her stated aim.

Although noth­ing hap­pened, I am still sorry I opened the door. Fur­ni­ture & Elec­tri­cal stores for a long time and think their free col­lec­tion ser­vice for dona­tions is fab.

I love buy­ing new things for my home but I also love adding a piece of re­cy­cled fur­ni­ture into the mix be­cause not only does it tend to be more unique but it can also help a great cause.

As an in­te­ri­ors colum­nist, I like to source fur­ni­ture from a wide va­ri­ety of places, in­clud­ing BHF Fur­ni­ture & Elec­tri­cal stores.

It’s amaz­ing to think that by do­ing up your home with items from BHF stores, you are also help­ing to fund life­sav­ing re­search into heart dis­ease, which af­fects peo­ple of all ages.

Just pop into your lo­cal store or call 0800 915 3000 to find out how you can help.

For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties visit bhf. org.uk/vol­un­teer

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