Nottingham students recycle to fight heart disease

   
   
BHF campaign
02 Sep 2013 17:55:28.213

This summer The University of Nottingham joined forces with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in order to gather urgently needed stock for their charity shops.

Students donated hundreds of books, clothes, CDs, bric-a-brac and electrical items to the charity for the fight against heart disease.

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A weight off students’ shoulders

When students move out of halls at the end of term, many leave items behind to be cleared up. This year, rather than leave behind or throw away unwanted belongings, BHF donation points were set up in student halls.

A total of 164 bags were collected from halls over the course of three weeks. As a result, over three quarters of a tonne of goods will be sold, with all proceeds going to the BHF.

Commitment to sustainability

This partnership not only benefits the work of the BHF but also ties in with the University’s commitment to sustainability.

Jo Bradley, Assistant Hall Manager for Florence Boot Hall and organiser of the scheme, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to raise money for a fantastic cause whilst also reducing the amount of waste the University sends to landfill. It complements other initiatives that support local community groups through the donation of surplus furniture, clothing and other textiles.”

Heart research

Catherine Argyle, Stock Generation Manger for the BHF, said: “Donating items that are no longer wanted is a great way of helping the fight for every heartbeat. The BHF raises £31 million a year through its shops, so it can continue to power its lifesaving research.”

The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital health information.

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More information is available from Michael Jennings, Communications Assistant, The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 2353, michael.jennings@nottingham.ac.uk

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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More information is available from Michael Jennings, Communications Assistant, The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 2353, michael.jennings@nottingham.ac.uk

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Email: fraser.wilson@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 6691 Location: University Park

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