3rd February 2005

 

CHARITY BEGINS AT PHONE

(PHOTO OPPORTUNITY)

 

A computing officer from the University of Lincoln will donate old phones she has collected to Oxfam later this month as part of an appeal to help people in the Third World.

 

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 Falkirk, Scotland.

 

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 Adrian Thacker, Lincoln shops manager for Oxfam.

 

“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 Third World countries.

 

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 Sincil Street in Lincoln.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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