Sheffield students show bags of support for life saving research

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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops’ Pack For Good partnership with Sheffield Universities which encouraged students to donate their unwanted items, has proved to be a huge success, collecting over 3,500 bags of stock and raising a potential £50,000* for the BHF.

The profits raised will go into the fight against heart disease and help fund the BHF’s life saving research.

BHF shops partnered with The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University as well as Sheffield Council and local student housing groups to encourage students to have a clear out and donate clothes, shoes, books, DVDs, bags and small electricals they no longer needed at the end of the academic year, enabling the charity to recycle goods that might otherwise be wasted. Throughout the scheme Sheffield students were incredibly supportive and made full use of the donation drop-off points set up by the BHF to make donating goods easier.

The successful partnership has seen 3565 bags donated to the BHF collection bins located around the campuses. 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 – including currently funding seven research projects in Sheffield.

Amanda Purkiss, BHF Regional Stock Generator, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from Sheffield 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 Sheffield universities we have been able to help our shops in the area.

“If any other Universities or businesses would like to work with BHF shops and provide collection facilities, it’s really easy to set this up, just get in touch. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, shattering the lives of millions of children, parents and grandparents - you can still join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and donating your unwanted items to your local BHF shop.”

Amy Jones, external relations manager at The University of Sheffield said: “Working with BHF shops on the Pack For Good campaign, we’ve been able to provide a really convenient service for students to donate the items they no longer need to this great cause rather than throw them out. We are delighted that this collaboration has proved to be such a success and hope the service continues to be used, helping us to raise vital funds to continue the BHF’s life saving work.”

To create your own stock collection campaign or locate your nearest clothing bank please contact Amanda Purkiss on 07468 697207.To locate your nearest BHF Shop visit Click here or call 0800 915 3000.