‘Big Clear Out’ helps out good causes and re­duces land­fill

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

STU­DENTS in Lough­bor­ough have do­nated thou­sands of items to char­i­ties in a bid to help those in need and to di­vert re­sources from land­fill.

The univer­sity’s sus­tain­abil­ity team ran its an­nual cam­paign called ‘the Big Clear Out’ at the end of last term and en­cour­aged those mov­ing out and fin­ish­ing their stud­ies to hand over their un­wanted items so they could be passed on to good causes rather than chucked away.

Stu­dents do­nated ev­ery­thing from books to blan­kets, clothes to crock­ery plus plenty of non-per­ish­able food items, which sup­ported the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, Shep­shed Food Bank, East Midlands Dog Res­cue, The Arches and Bet­ter World Books.

The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion re­ceived hun­dreds of bags of clothes, shoes, mis­cel­la­neous items and crock­ery; five boxes of ed­i­ble items were de­liv­ered to Shep­shed Food Bank and heaps of books were do­nated to the cam­pus li­brary, which then passed the rel­e­vant ones on to Bet­ter World Books.

More than 30 du­vets were given to East Midlands Dog Res­cue and also Trent Vine­yard Church, which de­liv­ered them plus other house­hold items, pil­lows and fur­ni­ture to The Arches – a char­ity that pro­vides prac­ti­cal sup­port free of charge to those in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions and fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

Co-founder of East Midlands Dog Res­cue, Lynne Simp­son, said: “The vol­un­teers and dogs are very grate­ful for the many du­vets we re­ceive from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

“Not only do the do­na­tions mean our funds can be put to­wards the health and well­be­ing of the dogs, but also that the dogs have some­thing to snug­gle up on while they wait for their forever homes.”

The Sus­tain­abil­ity team will also distribute sta­tionery it has col­lected back to stu­dents through folder give­aways and other ac­tiv­i­ties, stick­ing to its ethos of re­duc­ing waste by reusing and re­cy­cling where pos­si­ble

Nik Hunt, Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity’s en­vi­ron­men­tal man­ager, said: “The Big Clear Out is key to di­vert­ing re­sources from land­fill and sup­port­ing lo­cal char­i­ties.

“Over the last 12 months the Univer­sity has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased its do­na­tions to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion but we mustn’t rest on our lau­rels.

“The number of do­na­tions made this year was bril­liant, how­ever, there is still op­por­tu­nity for im­prove­ment and we are al­ready work­ing on plans to make next year’s cam­paign even more suc­cess­ful.”

Leicestershire char­i­ties in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions of du­vets, pil­lows, kitchen crock­ery, food, small fur­ni­ture items, toys, toi­letries and more should email E.as­sist@lboro.ac.uk

Col­lect­ing do­na­tions by Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity stu­dents to needy causes.

East Midlands Dog Res­cue re­ceived a do­na­tion of du­vets from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity stu­dents - pic­tured is Glo­ria en­joy­ing her new bed­ding.

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