Students raise money for local charities by donating unwanted items while moving out for summer

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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Students at Oxford Brookes University are helping to support local charities by donating unwanted items while preparing to leave for the summer break.

Members of staff have been promoting the ‘Donate it, Don’t Waste It’ end of year campaign and encouraging students to donate unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, electrical items, books, DVDs and CDs to The British Heart Foundation.

Staff have also been collecting unopened food from halls of residences which will be donated to the Oxford Food Bank.

It has been great to see so many students getting involved in our End of Year Campaign, both by donating their unwanted items and helping to promote the initiative to fellow students and spread the message.

Alice Dunkley, Residences Liaison Officer, Oxford Brookes University

Alice Dunkley, Residences Liaison Officer at Oxford Brookes University said: “It has been great to see so many students getting involved in our End of Year Campaign, both by donating their unwanted items and helping to promote the initiative to fellow students and spread the message.

“The funds raised support The British Heart Foundation locally through cardiac research and nursing in the Churchill Hospital and Oxford Food Bank’s shelves are replenished so they are able to distribute food to those in need.

“By donating their unwanted items rather than throwing them away all of the donations lessen the impact on items going into waste streams and help us to support these charities and the valuable work they do.”

The campaign has been running in Oxford since 2012 and during that time Oxford Brookes students have raised almost £100,000 to benefit people locally and support sustainability.

Oxford Brookes University believes in active citizenship and supporting students who are able to contribute to their community, society and make a real difference in the wider world. More information can be found on the Social Responsibility webpages.