As part of our partnership with the University of Warwick, we recently set up a stall at their Pay as You Feel market during the Arrivals period, when students moved into their accommodation for the new academic year.

Second-hand items, including some of those collected at the end of the previous term, were made available, with patrons encouraged to make a donation as they thought was appropriate.

Five-hundred people visited over five days to pick up kitchen and bedroom essentials for their new homes.

A grand total of £1,886.80 was been raised to support the work of Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire. The items that didn’t sell during the event have been donated to be sold in our Red Lane charity shop in Coventry.

David Chapman, Sustainability Champion at the University, said: “The University of Warwick has been working to reduce its emissions and improve the overall sustainability of our activities and those of our students. It is fantastic to see this project, originally started by students a few years ago, develop into something that has now been integrated into the yearly routine of the University.

We all have a part to play in making our local area and the wider world a better place. Warwick’s Sustainability Team look forward to working with groups and individuals on and off campus in initiatives such as this and Green Week (taking place March 2021) in the coming months and years.”
We plan to continue with projects like these, building on our climate emergency declaration just over a year ago.”

We’re extremely grateful to the University for its valuable efforts to support our charity, and look forward to working together again in future.