University staff 'Donate with Love' to Dorothy House

Staff at the University of Bath are searching their wardrobes to find items of clothing to Donate with Love for Dorothy House on Tuesday 16 February.

The organisers of the Donate with Love event are inviting staff in the Students’ Union to bring in good quality items of clothing that they would like to exchange with their colleagues, to raise awareness and funds for the local hospice (11am-1pm Elements, Students’ Union).

Known as ‘swishing’ the idea behind the clothes swap is to attract a different sort of stock to the usual charity cast-offs to help generate more interest and funds for Dorothy House, the Students' Union’s chosen charity of the year.

Staff are dedicating the event to the memory of Joyce Friend, a much-loved colleague from the Students' Union Finance Office who died from cancer at the end of last year and was helped and supported during her illness by Dorothy House.

Helen McHenry, Assistant Accountant in the Students’ Union who is organising the event, said: “Joyce was a passionate supporter of Dorothy House before she became ill and I know she would have been at the heart of this Donate with Love event.

“Throughout her brave battle she was supported by Dorothy House Hospice and the care she received from them during the last few weeks of her life was wonderful. They treated her with the utmost dedicated attention, compassion and dignity.

“We were inspired to hold Donate with Love by Mary Portas’ televised campaign to change the way people look at donating to charity shops and we hope it will prove to be an innovative and sustainable way of helping a very worthy local charity. We hope to hold it across the University if all goes well.”

James McDonald, Head of Retail & Voluntary Services at Dorothy House, said: “It’s a great idea and we wish the Students’ Union every success with their Donate with Love day. At Dorothy House, we work as a team to provide care and support, free of charge, to those who need it. Awareness and fundraising events run by the local community are crucial to helping us continue to support patients and their families.”

Staff will be given a luggage label to put their name to the donation and a heart-shaped chocolate to thank them for their efforts.

Clothes not re-homed during the swap will be put on sale to all staff from the University from 1-3pm in Elements.

For more information please contact Anna Boneham.

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