Sanctuary Students show bags of support

8th November 2022
Sanctuary Students has raised £41,958 for the British Heart Foundation

Students living at Sanctuary Students properties across the country have shown bags of support for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of the charity’s Pack for Good Campaign. Students donated 2997 bags of unwanted items to the BHF which could raise up to £41,958 to help fund lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases.

The Pack for Good campaign, run by the BHF, encourages students to donate unwanted items at the end of term, such as clothing, shoes, books, DVDs, bags, and small electricals, enabling the charity to recycle goods that might otherwise go to landfill be wasted. Throughout the scheme students were incredibly supportive and made full use of the donation drop-off points.

Amanda Purkiss, BHF University Account Manager, said: “We have been delighted with the response from our National Partnership with Sanctuary Students and their incredible support. Our shops rely on donations to continue raising money to fund lifesaving research. Thanks to the generous donations from the students and staff across Sanctuary Students we have been able to help our shops UK wide.

“We’re always on the lookout for more donations and we take pride in the environmental good our shops and stores do through the reuse of donations from the public. If other universities or businesses would like to work with BHF shops and provide valuable collection facilities, please do get in touch by emailing packforgood@bhf.or.uk.

Michelle Bailey, City Manager from Sanctuary Students said: “BHF shops are an integral part of our high street and we have been able to provide a really convenient service for our students to donate items they no longer need to a good cause. We are so pleased this collaboration has proved to be such a success and hope the service continues to be used, helping us raise vital funds to continue the BHF’s lifesaving research.”

In a year, the BHF saves over 57,000 tonnes of goods going to waste, including 13,000 tonnes of clothing. Through the reuse and recycling of donated items this helps prevent 130,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.

To create your own stock collection campaign or find your nearest clothing bank, please contact packforgood@bhf.org.uk.