Oxford’s students urged to donate unwanted items to raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University have partnered with British Heart Foundation shops to encourage students to donate their unwanted items as they move out.

The Pack For Good campaign, now in its fourth year, will see the unwanted items donated to provide vital stock for BHF shops.

As they move out at the end of term, students and staff at both universities are encouraged to donate clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, kitchenware and small electricals, such as hair-dryers and hair-straighteners.

The profits raised from selling the items will go towards the charity’s lifesaving research – and its fight for every heartbeat.

Through the scheme, the BHF will provide donation points on both university campuses, as well as providing 10 clothing banks at key drop off points across the city.

Last year, the campaign (then known as the Moving Out Campaign) saw students donate 7,042 bags of unwanted items – raising as much as £99,288 for the BHF.

Councillor John Tanner, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for Clean and Green Oxford, said: “‘Pack for Good’ is a great way to help students clear their rooms, to recycle stuff, and to support the British Heart Foundation.

“I hope Oxford students this year will raise even more money for heart-disease research, much of which will be spent here in Oxford.”

Karen O’Donoghue, National Stock Generation Manager at the BHF, said: “We’re looking forward to working alongside the Oxford Colleges and Oxford Brookes University again on the Pack For Good campaign to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods to us.

“This scheme will be a huge help to our shops in the Oxford area and I’d hope as many students as possible get involved and support the new initiative.

“Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer - you can join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and using the new facilities to donate your unwanted items.”

Andrea Siret, Head of Alumni and Community Engagement at Oxford Brookes University, said: “This is the perfect opportunity for our students to be both charitable and environmentally friendly by donating their unwanted items.

“We hope that all our students and staff take advantage of this convenient new service by having a clear out and donating to the BHF”

To more information and to locate your nearest clothing bank, please contact Karen or Amanda on stockdonation@bhf.org.uk. To locate your nearest BHF shop visit the BHF website or call 0800 915 3000.