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A Weight Off Students' Shoulders

Students leaving the University of Nottingham at the end of last term gave a vital boost to the British Heart Foundation, it was revealed today.

Instead of just leaving unwanted clothes, books, CDs, DVDs and other bits and pieces in halls of residence, the students were encouraged to deposit their unwanted paraphernalia at special collection points.

In all, 164 bags of bric-a-brac were collected.

The bags were collected by the British Heart Foundation and suitable items were used to restock their charity shops.

Jo Bradley, Assistant Hall Manager for Florence Boot Hall and organiser of the scheme, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to raise money for a fantastic cause whilst also reducing the amount of waste the University sends to landfill. It complements other initiatives that support local community groups through the donation of surplus furniture, clothing and other textiles.”

Catherine Argyle, Stock Generation Manger for the BHF, said: “Donating items that are no longer wanted is a great way of helping the fight for every heartbeat. The BHF raises £31m a year through its shops, so it can continue to power its lifesaving research.”

The British Heart Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital health information.