UWE partners with BHF shops and join the fight for every heartbeat

Issue date: 29 May 2013

UWE Bristol has teamed up with Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the British Heart Foundation shops (BHF) to launch a new scheme to encourage students to donate unwanted things and help generate vital stock. 100% of the profits raised will go towards the fight against heart disease and fund the BHF's life-saving research.

The 'Summer Student Clear Out' sees the BHF provide 14 donation bins and BHF collection bags at accommodation receptions and key drop-off points located around the UWE campus until 22 July 2013. For students living in city-centre accommodation, there will be additional refuse and recycling collections by Bristol City Council.

To make the campaign a success the two universities and the council are urging both students and staff to raid their wardrobes and donate any items that are no longer wanted. BHF shops are always in need of clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, kitchenware and small electricals.

Julie Paffett, BHF Regional Stock Generator, comments, “We're excited to be working alongside Bristol City Council and both universities in Bristol to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods to us. This scheme will be a huge help to our shops in the Bristol area and I'd like to encourage students to get involved and support the new scheme. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer, shattering the lives of too many children, parents and grandparents - you can join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and using the new facilities to donate your unwanted things.”

Paul Roberts, UWE Waste and Recycling Manager comments, “This is the perfect opportunity for our students to be both charitable and environmentally friendly with 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 their unwanted items.”

UWE's Community Liaison Manager Nigel England said, “UWE's partnership with Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol came about as a response to residents' concerns about students leaving unwanted goods behind at the end of the year. This is a great opportunity to resolve this issue in a really positive way.”

The BHF has over 700 shops and last year BHF shops raised over £31 million to help the BHF fight heart disease, which is the nation's single biggest killer. BHF Shops sell 90,000 items every day and have over 20,000 volunteers.

For more information on British Heart Foundation Shops or to find your local shop please visit bhf.org.uk/shops.

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