The University is involved in a wide range of activities which incorporate sustainability principles
RAU saves 15,000kg of carbon and raises £2,200 for British Heart Foundation with the Pack for Good Campaign
Students and staff from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) donated unwanted clothing, home items, books and miscellany with the British Heart Foundation Pack for Good campaign this summer.
Donation boxes and posters were put out across campus and all students living on campus were given a donation bag to fill up.
Over 180 bags were donated, totalling 1.5 tonnes with new totals estimating them to be worth £2,198.
- 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.
By diverting these items from landfill this also saved 14,818kg of carbon.
Amanda Purkiss, BHF University Account Executive, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from the Royal Agricultural University students and their overwhelming support. Each BHF shop needs to receive 400 bags of unwanted items a week and thanks to generous donations from the students and staff of the Royal Agricultural University we have been able to help our shops around the Cirencester area.
British Heart Foundation banks are located on campus throughout the year and the Pack for Good campaign will run for a second year at the end of the summer term.
The RAU is committed to sustainability and the Pack for Good campaign was one of our initiatives to support the community and prevent waste. In 2015, our recycling rate increased by 17 percentage points on the previous year.