Sunday 17 December 2017

NTU contributes to record year of student donations to the British Heart Foundation

Student volunteers with collection bags for donations

NTU has contributed to a record year for a British Heart Foundation campaign which collects unwanted items otherwise destined for disposal.

The Pack for Good campaign sees both Nottingham universities, the local authority and accommodation providers working together to provide much-needed stock for British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops.

The Nottingham partnership saw students in the city donating 18, 072 bags of clothes, books, shoes and DVDs in 2017, with an estimated value to the British Heart Foundation of £253,008.

NTU, UPP, Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham have been working together since 2012, with this year breaking all records. NTU has played an instrumental role in promoting the campaign in Nottingham and placing clothing banks within accommodation sites and at a number of locations in the city.

The recently published BHF report said: “Nottingham Trent University has been extremely supportive, they promoted the campaign both in halls and out in the community with door knocking via student volunteers.

“They had a stand with donation bags at the Student Union and supported our furniture store with additional collections throughout summer.”

The donations make up the equivalent of 144.6 tonnes and have helped save 1,471,350kgs of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris Pryke-Hendy, Environmental Projects Officer at NTU, said: “This has been another fantastic year working with the British Heart Foundation.

“At the half-way point of the 2017 campaign we had already smashed the 2016 total, with our students donating more items than ever.

“Nottingham should be extremely proud of the generosity of our whole student community, this is yet another way that they make a huge contribution to life in this city."

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