Oxford City Council has teamed up with Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in the fight for every heartbeat.
This is the fourth year that the organisations have joined together for the Pack For Good campaign that encourages students to donate their unwanted items to be sold in BHF shops. All profits raised will help the BHF fight for every heartbeat by funding life-saving heart research.
Through the scheme, the BHF will provide donation points on both campuses as well as providing five clothing banks at key drop off points located across the city.
To make the campaign a success the universities are urging students and staff to raid their wardrobes and household goods, donating any items that they no longer need. BHF shops are always in need of clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, kitchenware and small electricals, such as hair-dryers and hair-straighteners.
Tim Sadler, Oxford City Council’s Director for a Sustainable City, said: “Working closely with partners on such a worthwhile project sits well with the Council’s aspiration to ensure that Oxford maintains its position as a city where waste is cut down and recycling increased. And if we can help make some money for the British Heart Foundation at the same time, so much the better.”
Karen O’Donoghue, Retail Partnerships Manager at the BHF, added: “We’re looking forward to working alongside Oxford City Council, the Oxford colleges and Oxford Brookes University again on the Pack For Good campaign to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods. 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 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 donating your unwanted items.”
Andrea Siret, Head of Alumni and Community Engagement, comments: “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 the convenient donation points by having a clear out and donating to the BHF.”
Additional temporary clothing banks are located at five key drop-off points in Cowley and Headington. These include: East Avenue, Gray’s Road, Morrell Avenue, Botley Road and Magdalen Church on Magdalen Road.
To find out more about the BHF Pack for Good campaign please contact Karen at [email protected] To locate your nearest BHF shop visit bhf.org.uk/shops or call 0800 915 3000. All permanent banks can be found at oxford.gov.uk/recycling