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Fundraising 'shoe amnesty' starts today

03 Dec 2012

Students put best foot forward for British Heart Foundation

Students start collecting shoes

The University is holding a ‘Shoe Amnesty’ in a bid to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) student volunteers, who are leading the campaign, are hoping to collect a minimum of 559 pairs of shoes – representing the number of people who died of coronary heart disease in Manchester last year.

The students are holding a ‘Shoe Week’ as part of the campaign between 3 and 7 December, during which the Foundation’s mascot ‘Hearty’ will be seen around campus. The Shoe Amnesty will then run until the end of January.

Several donation bins have been placed around campus so you can donate your unwanted shoes.  Each pair of shoes brings in about £6 on average to the charity.

Bhagwan Manku, a third year dental student, said: “Having family members who have experienced heart disease, I am keen to support the British Heart Foundation. The fact that most of the money we raise will directly benefit the Manchester community makes this campaign even more rewarding.”