University students donate 2,300 meals to charity

Undergraduate students leaving halls have donated 6,125 bags of unwanted clothes, shoes, books, electrical appliances and crockery to the British Heart Foundation in the annual ‘Give It Don’t Bin It’, end of year campaign.

This has been calculated as the equivalent of £85,750 worth of donations to the charity helping them to fund life-saving research into heart disease.

As well as across The University of Manchester’s halls of residence, the campaign works in partnership with Manchester City Council, who deliver the campaign to off-campus student housing, with the support of the University’s Volunteering Team, Manchester Metropolitan University halls and Manchester Student Homes, who support the campaign in the cities’ private halls. Across the partnership over 14,700 bags have been donated, which is an equivalent to £206,178 donated to the charity.

Unopened food items equating to 2,357 meals were also collected and donated to Manchester central foodbank.

Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience, said:

“The end of year is a very busy time for our students, however this is great to see that even when they are moving out of our halls, they can make a difference by giving unwanted items to charities, who can use the donations to support people across Manchester and the wider area.”

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant