University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Heart Collection Growing Every Year

30 January 2019
BHF Pack for Good

Falmouth and Penryn campus users - particularly students - collected 800 bags for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in 2018 – worth £3000 more than the 2017 collection, according to the latest BHF report.

The collection takes place across the year as part of the BHF Pack for Good campaign. The campaign targets students who are moving out, encouraging them to donate unwanted items (books, household goods, clothes) to the BHF. University, FX Plus and FXU employees are also welcome to donate.

Collection points are around student accommodation areas – on and off campuses, including a main point at Glasney Lodge Reception. The bags and boxes are distributed and emptied by the FX Plus team.

Marja Van Loef, FX Plus Sustainability Manager, said: “A massive thank you to all students, staff and other campus users who help us by donating their unwanted items. If any member of staff wants to help with this they can get collection bags at the Glasney Lodge Reception or we can send them by internal post. They can then return the collection to the Lodge.

“Pack for Good has proved to be more popular year on year and it’s supporting us to make our campuses more sustainable while also helping a very good cause.”

Falmouth Exeter Plus has been taking part in Pack for Good since 2015 with a steady annual growth in items collected. 2018 is the first time that Falmouth Campus has been included in the initiative with extra collection boxes and bags supplied.

The 2018 collections diverted 6.3 tonnes of unwanted items from going to landfill or an incinerator and helped to raise more than £11,000 for the BHF.

BHF estimates that:

• 10 bags could nurse a  broken heart by funding a full day's BHF Heart Nursing care. In this time, a Heart Nurse could care for up to six patients to help them manage their condition and prevent further hospital re-admissions.

• 100 bags could help find a cure by funding one of our young scientists for seven days. We currently provide the salaries for around 500 post-doctoral scientists who  work in research team's right across the UK on projects to better understand how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease.

• 1000 bags could Help 40 young heart patients to gain independence, new skills and confidence whilst meeting other young heart patients.

As well as the BHF collection, food items left in student accommodation are donated to local food banks.