Charity plea for old goods

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STUDENTS heading home at the end of term at Sheffield University are being encouraged to donate unwanted items to charity.

The university’s Students’ Union and Accommodation and Commercial Services are running their annual Bring It, Don’t Bin It! campaign.

Throughout June and July, there will be collection points at key locations in university accommodation and in the main students’ union building on Western Bank.

Students can donate all those unwanted bits and pieces accumulated over the academic year.

And the aim is to collect more than four tonnes of items that would have ended up in landfill and see them donated to city charity, the St Vincent’s Furniture Store.

“This initiative has now been running for three years and is getting bigger and better all the time,” said Students’ Union community development coordinator Matt Burdge.

“This year saw the expansion of the scheme, to include collection of electrical items, which were tested before reuse.

“A successful Yard Sale was also arranged for the first time, enabling other students to purchase a selection of the donated items before they were moved on to St. Vincent’s.

“The sale raised a marvellous £258, which will go toward the fantastic work that the charity does in Sheffield.”

St Vincent’s spokeswoman Lorraine Healy said: “Sheffield University Students have helped us massively through their ‘Bring it, don’t bin it’, scheme. One month alone, a total of 416kg of items were given by students.”