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UCLan partners with BHF shops and joins the fight for every heartbeat

01 June 2015

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BHF encourages students to donate unwanted items to raise money for charity

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to launch the Pack For Good campaign, encouraging students to donate their unwanted items to BHF shops at the end of term and help generate vital stock.

The profits raised will go towards the fight for every heartbeat and help to fund the BHF’s lifesaving research.

The BHF has provided permanent donation bins at all the University owned halls of residences as well as a pop-up bin in the UCLan Students’ Union (SU). Donation bags to help students with their sort out will be posted direct to residences throughout June as well as being available for collection from the SU.

To make the campaign a success, UCLan is urging both students and staff to raid their wardrobes and household goods and donate any items that they no longer need. BHF shops are always in need of clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, kitchenware and small electricals, such as hair-dryers and hair-straighteners.

“This is the perfect opportunity for our students to be both charitable and environmentally friendly with their unwanted items.”

Rachel Orange, Regional Stock Generator at the BHF, commented: “We’re looking forward to working alongside UCLan again on the Pack For Good campaign to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods to us. This scheme will be a huge help to our shops in Preston and I’d hope as many students as possible get involved and support this initiative. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer - you can join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and using the facilities to donate your unwanted items.”

Clair Challen, UCLan Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “This is the perfect opportunity for our students to be both charitable and environmentally friendly with their unwanted items. We hope that all our students and staff take advantage of this convenient way of having a clear out and donating their unwanted items.”

Alongside the BHF campaign, students are also encouraged to donate unwanted food (dried and tinned) to the Students’ Union Food Drive and also recycle as much of their waste as possible using the facilities located at residences.

People can find their nearest BHF shop by visiting bhf.org.uk/shops or calling 0800 915 3000.