£200,000 raised for charity through student donations

Student residents leaving halls across Manchester over the summer donated bags of unwanted clothes, shoes, books, electrical appliances and crockery to the British Heart Foundation and thousands of meals to the Manchester Central Foodbank in the annual ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ end-of-year campaign.

The ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ campaign was set up by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 as a pilot campaign at the end of term, aiming to encourage students living in Cambridge halls of residence to donate their unwanted items. In its first year, approximately 1.8 tonnes of unwanted items were donated to charity.

Since then, Manchester Metropolitan and University of Manchester have worked together with commercial residential providers to bring the campaign to all university halls of residence, off-campus student housing and the city’s private halls.

This year, over 14,700 bags of unwanted items have been donated to the British Heart Foundation across the partnership, which has raised £206,178 to help support lifesaving research and treatment.

As part of the campaign, students were also encouraged to donate their unwanted, unopened and non-perishable food items to the food donation points across the partner sites. A combined total of 1,778kgs of food items have been donated to Manchester Central Foodbank this year, which is enough to provide an estimated 4,233 meals for individuals in crisis across Manchester.

Sophie Leigh, Sustainability Engagement Manager at Manchester Metropolitan, said:
“There are over 70,000 students living in Manchester, and so there’s huge potential to grow the campaign of the course of the year. We hope to engage more private student accommodation providers, and will look forward to breaking the £1 million mark raised for our charity partners in 2018."