3rd February 2005
CHARITY BEGINS AT PHONE
A computing officer from the
Alison Mortimer, who is the university’s voice communications officer, has collected around 50 phones for the appeal in the past month, most of which have been the result of the university’s recent change of mobile phone service provider.
Alison ran a similar collection scheme around three years ago, when she
donated 30 mobile phone handsets to the Francis House Children’s Hospice in
The average phone is worth between £5 and £35 and is used to provide funds which are distributed amongst Oxfam’s variety of projects.
“Over the past three years donated
mobile phones have raised around £110,000 for Oxfam’s many charities,” said
“We could raise even more money if people donated their phones rather than trading them in at mobile phone shops,” he said.
Donated phones will be refurbished or recycled for spare parts by Oxfam’s
recycling partner CMR depending on their condition, and the cash generated will
help Oxfam to supply much needed funding to their continued charity work in
Oxfam are appealing for all phones in whatever condition and any SIM cards left inside are destroyed for security reasons.
Anyone with an unwanted mobile phone handset is encouraged to take it to one
of the two local Oxfam shops on
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