6th Dec, 2016

University teams up with British Heart Foundation

Shaun Reynolds 11th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STUDENTS from Coventry University have teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to donate their unwanted items at the end of term.

BHF shops in the city collaborated with the university to encourage students to donate their clothes, shoes, books and more to enable the charity to recycle goods that might otherwise be wasted.

In an initiative that the charity estimates could raise over £30k, the profits from the ‘Pack for Good’ scheme will go straight into the fight against heart disease and will help fund the BHF’s life-saving research.

Each donated bag could raise as much as £14 for the BHF – collection bins around campus were used extensively by students over the summer period.

In recent years, universities have generated over £1.5m from items sold in local British Heart Foundation shops.

This year, 2,265 bags of items were donated from students – and Ross Frazer, a geography student at Coventry University said it’s been a fantastic scheme to be involved in.

He added: “Students often have items at the end of term they don’t want to take away with them, and this initiative means we can donate these in an environmentally friendly way while also helping the British Heart Foundation.”

Selina Fletcher, sustainability manager at Coventry University, said: “We’ve been able to provide a really convenient service for students to donate the items they no longer need to this great cause rather than throw them out.

“We are delighted that this collaboration has proved to be such a success, not only in supporting the charity to raise vital funds but also in helping to keep local neighbourhoods tidy.”

Amanda Purkiss, BHF regional stock generator, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from Coventry University students and their overwhelming support.

“Each BHF shop needs to receive 400 bags of unwanted items a week and thanks to generous donations from the students and staff of Coventry University we have been able to help our shops in Coventry.

“Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, shattering the lives of too many children, parents and grandparents – you can still join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and donating your unwanted items to your local BHF shop.”