More than £19,000 raised by University donation

Thursday 14 February 2019


More then £19,000 has been raised to fight heart disease thanks to a donation of unwanted furniture by the University of St Andrews.

Dozens of beds, wardrobes, desks and electrical equipment, made surplus to requirements by the closure of one of the University’s halls of residence, were gifted to the British Heart Foundation last November.

The items were collected by the charity and distributed across their UK furniture stores from Inverness to Lancaster, with most going to their Dunfermline, Perth and Dundee branches.

So far, £19,261 has been raised from the sale of the goods by the charity. Another 572 items, such as crockery, buckets, bins, curtains and bedding covers, have been donated to sheltered accommodation and homeless shelters.

Alexander Clark, Environment Officer at the University, said: “It is brilliant that the University can help charities and the local community by donating unwanted items rather than them ending up as waste.”

Nicola Stephenson, University Account Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We’ve been delighted with the donations. Every penny raised from these donations goes towards funding life-saving research into diabetes, heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia.”

Photo caption (left to right): Deri Gardner, British Heart Foundation St Andrews shop manager; shop volunteer, Susie Whiteford (in costume); and David Stutchfield, University of St Andrews Sustainability Office

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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