Yes that’s right - last year the University, including halls donated 1632 bags of goods to the British Heart Foundation, (BHF) which along with £2,480 worth of furniture was worth a staggering £25,328.00.
This fantastic achievement was the result of the Pack for Good campaign where students and staff at Derby and Buxton were encouraged to donate unwanted items and deposit them in donation bins all round the University.
Amanda Purkiss, University Account Executive for BHF said:
"A massive thank you to all the students and staff at the University of Derby who got involved. Your kindness has helped us improve services nationally and in your local area."
Locally, this has included:
- 16 Heart Start Schemes
- 318 Defibrillators Awarded
- 131,661 Free Heart Health Resources
- 6 Heart Start Groups
- 102 Establishments CPR trained
- 2 research grants
As well as benefiting a good cause the efforts of students and staff has also had a positive environmental impact. The equivalent of 13 tonnes of items were diverted from the waste stream, which translates as a saving of 132,871 kgs of CO2 green house gas emissions and a saving of the weight of two elephants in weight of waste going to landfill.
Pack for Good is an ongoing campaign and has continued in 2018 with donation bins at all halls of residence, at all the main campus sites , the Union of students and at Kedlston Road library. Please help us to build on this great achievement by donating your unwanted items to a donation bin near you now!