University of Hertfordshire donation drive boosts Hatfield charity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 July 2018

Cheryl Aldridge and Clare Kermode from the Willow Foundation and James Kelly and Amanda Grigg from the university'’s Dean of Students Office. Picture: supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

Cheryl Aldridge and Clare Kermode from the Willow Foundation and James Kelly and Amanda Grigg from the university'’s Dean of Students Office. Picture: supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

As students depart for their summer holidays, the University of Hertfordshire has been encouraging them donate their unwanted goods to a Hatfield charity shop.

Mark Randall PCSO from the University’s Police Team, James Kelly from the university'’s Dean of Students office and Clare Kermode from the Willow Foundation. Picture: supplied by the University of HertfordshireMark Randall PCSO from the University’s Police Team, James Kelly from the university'’s Dean of Students office and Clare Kermode from the Willow Foundation. Picture: supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

All donations made will be given to the Hatfield branch of Willow, which organises uplifting special days for seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.

Donation boxes for unwanted goods such as clothing, shoes, DVDs, books, working electrical appliances and bedding, have been in place at the university halls since June 22.

The drive culminated on July 13 with an event collecting more goods and an information stand from Willow.

The project is a collaboration between the university’s Student Support Team and Derwent FM.

Emma Lewis, campus community officer, said: “It’s great that so many students and staff turned up for our donation drive.

“We received lots of donated items, which will now make their way to Willow and help them put on more special days.

“Many of our staff already support Willow by offering opportunities for special days.”

On the day, staff and students were also invited to donate books, board games and gardening items to support a variety of the University’s own community projects.

The University’s dedicated police team were also on hand for any donations of unwanted kitchen knives, to ensure they were safely disposed of.

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