Charitable Students Raise Over £10k

Hannah Mason, Editor-in-Chief

UCLan students raise vital funds for British Heart Foundation.

Throughout the last academic year, students from UCLan have raised over £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by diverting 6.2 tonnes of rubbish away from landfill.

Students have donated 745 bags of unwanted items from their halls of residences worth up to £10,822 to the BHF that would otherwise have normally just been chucked in the bin.

The University has worked with the charity on its ‘Pack for Good’ campaign since 2012, collecting more than 3,300 bags of donated items. This year students filled campus wide clothing banks with their unwanted items including clothes, shoes, books, DVDs and accessories that were then passed onto the local BHF store in Blackburn.

Clair Engl, Environment and Sustainability Manager at UCLan, commented: “Our work with the British Heart Foundation has grown over the last few years and it’s great to see more and more students getting involved and really making a difference to the charity.

“We try to engage as many staff and students as possibility in the sustainability initiatives we run across campus and the Pack for Good campaign is a great example of this.”

The money raised from this partnership will go on to fund BHF researchers who are relentlessly working towards the fight for every heartbeat. The BHF is the UK’s largest funder of cardiovascular research funding more than half of all academic heart research carried out in hospitals and universities.

Edward Evans, UCLan Students’ Union Activities and Participation Officer shared his thoughts with us: “It’s great to see that students are giving back to the community and such little gestures can have such a huge affect. I can’t wait to see more money raised in the future for such a great cause.”

Amanda Purkiss, University Account Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from UCLan students and their overwhelming support for the Pack For Good campaign. BHF rely solely on stock donations to keep our shops going and thanks to generous donations from the students and staff of the universities we have been able to help our shops in Lancashire.”

The university hopes more students will become involved next February as part of the annual Green Week event.

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