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Charity lends helping hand for annual student move-out

British Heart Foundation donation bank

STUDENTS preparing to move out of their term-time homes for the summer are being given a helping hand to donate items they no longer want and do their bit for charity.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with British Heart Foundation (BHF) to bring the charity’s Pack for Good scheme to some of the city’s most popular student areas. Twelve temporary donation banks have been installed in streets close to the city’s two universities to encourage students to donate any items they no longer want and help the charity generate vital stock for their local retail shops and stores.

The BHF are always in need of clothing, shoes, accessories, vinyl, books, kitchenware and small electricals such as laptops, hairdryers and hair-straighteners.

Daniel Ward, BHF University Account Executive, said: “We’re really excited to have Leicester City Council on board and part of the campaign this year. We’re looking forward to working alongside them to encourage students to donate preloved items to us. We’re grateful for every donation we receive, without which we would not be able to continue funding lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases.” 

Jenny Loran, Leicester City Council waster services development manager, said: “As students prepare to move out of their rented accommodation for the summer, they can face a bit of a challenge getting rid of the stuff they don’t want to take with them. The BHF’s Pack for Good scheme gives them the chance to donate any items that could be used again.

“It’s a really good way for students to get rid of items they no longer want responsibly and charitably.”

Donation points for the BHF’s Pack for Good scheme will be in place until early September. They will be located at Queens Road, Thurlow Road, Howard Road and Putney Road, on the corner of London Road and St Albans Road in Clarendon Park; at Westcotes Library, Briton Street, Western Boulevard and Eastern Boulevard in Westcotes; and, at Jarrom Street, The Newarke and Bath Lane.

The council will also be supporting students by promoting the free bulky waste collection service to have any large items and additional bags of waste removed.

For information about how to book a free bulky waste collection visit