Big Give

What is The Big Give? 

Donate your clothes, books, electrical and unopened non-perishable food to charity to help those in need.

The Big Give is where students in halls of residence and private rented accommodation have a big end of year clear out when moving out, and donate all of their unwanted stuff to charity, rather then letting it go in the bin.

Since 2013, by donating 95 metric tonnes unwanted stuff, students have raised over £165,402 for British Heart Foundation and other local charities, helping to save lives and helping people and animals in need.

As this is a community project, we also encourage BU Staff, and even people in the wider community to participate and make donations.  

Despite the challenges of a pandemic The Big Give 2021 raised over £18,337 with over 700 bags of clothing and over 232kg of unopened food being donated being donated by BU Students.

That’s as much at 2 adult African elephants in weight!!!! 

When will it be running in 2022? 

We will be hosting the Big Give in 2022, and due to feedback from students and Halls Managers we will be extending the donation period by six weeks. 

That means that this years Big Give will run from 3rd May right through to 11th September.

You can donate your unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, and bric-a-brac to the British Heart Foundation, and non-perishable food such as unopen tin cans, rice or pasta to the Trussell Trust Bournemouth Foodbank One Can Plan. 

We are also hoping to work with our charity partners to donate some duvets and pillows to local homeless charities and animal shelters, and small electricals and white goods items to a local charity helping families in financial crisis. 

The donation points listed below in the 2021 Big Give, will be increased with metal bins on campus at Talbot and Lansdowne, as well as more Halls of Residence participating in the project.

Donation Points will be available from 3rd May through to 11th September 2022

Big Give Donation Points on Campus

  • Bournemouth Gateway Building (BGB) - Lansdowne Campus - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • SUBU, Ground Floor, Student Centre - Talbot Campus - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • Talbot Campus – outside metal clothing bank, next to the Tolpuddle Annex. 
  • Talbot Campus – outside metal clothing bank, on the pedestrian walkway set back by the Thomas Hardy suite, leading from the bus station up to Poole House Reception, to the right.  

Big Give Donation Points in Halls

  • Cranborne House - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin and Foodbank Bin
  • Skyline - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Oxford Point - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Student Village - Talbot - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • Dorchester house – Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Mercury House – St Peters Road – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Corfe House – Poole – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Kaplan College, Lansdowne Point – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Lulworth/Union House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Purbeck House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Lyme Regis House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Chesil House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Bailey Point, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Belaton House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • The Artisan, Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Winton Halls, Winton - BHF Clothing Bin, Foodbank Bin

Big Give Temporary Donation Points in Winton

  • Leslie Road, Carpark at the back of Lidl - BHF Clothing Bin 
  • Cranmer Road, Carpark at the back of Wilkinson’s - BHF Clothing Bin 

(provided in partnership with British Heart Foundation and BCP Council.)


About our Big Give Charity Partners

We work with our Charity Partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

The British Heart Foundation

© British Heart Foundation, a registered charity in England & Wales (225971) and Scotland (SC039426)

Items donated to the British Heart Foundation donation banks go directly towards raising vital funds for lifesaving research through the sale of the items in British Heart Foundation shops.

Since 2012, donations from students across the UK, have helped raised the equivalent of £2.4 million for the British Heart Foundation, who have funded a range of schemes, training initiatives and lifesaving equipment in the local Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area over the last 12 months including:

Heartstart schemes 


free heart health resources

organisations CPR trained

British Heart Foundation Retail Shops

Since 2013 BU Students have contributed to fundraising £165,402, and saved the equivalent of 570 african elephants in weight, being thrown in the rubbish bin.   Approx 961849 kg CO2 emissions have been saved by recycling and repurposing your unwanted stuff at the end of the year. 

What Can I donate to the British Heart Foundation?


Bournemouth Food Bank (Trussell Trust)

Our partner food charities help tackle food poverty by taking surplus food and redistributing to the people who need it most.

The Bournemouth Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis. Food items donated by Bournemouth University students are provided to this charity. Over the last two years, the equivalent of 4,000 meals have been donated.

What Can I Donate to Bournemouth Food Bank (Trussell Trust)?


Unopened non-perishable food items – for example, tins, packets, boxes, bottles

We particularly need UHT milk, fruit juice, rice puddings, tinned meat and toiletries


Opened food items

Fresh food items – dairy items such as fresh milk, or cheese

Food Bank Donation Points are in the Student Centre (Ground Floor) on Talbot Campus, and Bournemouth Gateway Building (BGB) on the Lansdowne Campus.  Check with your Halls Managers, as most Halls of Residence have donation points for unwanted food too.


Faithworks Wessex

Faithworks are a local charity who work partnership with churches and other organisations in the community to run practical, local projects in urban Dorset to help people to get out of and stay out of crisis.

Their work is focused on those at key transition points in life: rough-sleepers, lone parents, those in material crisis (food) and debt or financial confusion, and individuals struggling with addiction.

What Can I donate To Faithworks - Wessex?

YES PLEASE  – Used Items

Beds                                                         Wardrobes

Chest of drawers                                    Bedside cabinets

Dining table and chairs                         Coffee tables

TV stands                                                 Sofa’s and armchairs

All soft furnishing must have fire labels and be fully functioning with no damage.

YES PLEASE – New Items 

Curtains                                            Cutlery                                          Crockery

Pots and Pans                                  Fridge                                           Counter top oven or hob

Microwave                                        Slow cooker                                 Hairdryers

You can arrange for large items to be collected by phoning Michael at 07730 891433 or emailing


BCP Council

We partner with BCP Council who support the Big Give and provide space for temporary metal donation bins in the Winton area, so that students in private rented accommodation can also participate in the Big Give and donate all their unwanted items.  BCP support students to recycle and repurpose their unwanted stuff by donating it to charity.

If you have any items that cannot be donated, for example, clothing that is damaged and ripped,  food that is opened, then click here to check on the BCP webpage how you should be recycling these items.


How do I find out more about The Big Give?

If you have any questions about The Big Give, please email us at: