Manchester students help raise money for charity through ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’

  • Over £200,000 raised through student donations as part of the campaign
  • Unwanted items donated to the British Heart foundation to help raise funds for emergency treatments
  • Students in Manchester donated over 1,500 kg of food to the Manchester Central Foodbank



A campaign to get Manchester students to hand over unwanted items left in digs has raised more than £200,000 for charity.

In its first year, the ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ collected around 1.8 tonnes of unwanted stuff such as clothing, shoes, books. handbags, DVDs, and small electrical appliances.

Students are also encouraged to donate food items to the Manchester Central Foodbank which provides more than 4,000 meals for those in dire situations across the city. Volunteers from Manchester universities packed and delivered donation bags to students across the city to help raise awareness, making it easier for them to donate.

Students have to fill these bags with unwanted items like clothes, books, shoes and electronics and drop them off at donation banks around Manchester. 

Organised by MMU, University of Manchester, Manchester Student Homes and Manchester City Council, this year more than 14,700 bags of unwanted items were given to the British Heart Foundation, helping to raise £206,178 to support lifesaving research and treatment.

MMU engagement manager Sophie Leigh said: “There are over 70,000 students living in Manchester, and so there’s huge potential to grow the campaign of the course of the year. We hope to engage more private student accommodation providers, and will look forward to breaking the £1 million mark raised for our charity partners in 2018.”

Students looking to get involved can volunteer to help assemble and distribute packs early next year, keep an eye on the website for the dates and ways you can help out.