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A big thank you to 1ComputerCare clients who have donated components and complete systems to worthy causes such as Furniture Now! in Lewes and Eastbourne.  Photos of some gifts were in the July 2005 Newsletter.  The law relating to electrical appliances is now such that they are unable to accept donations for their clients, although they may be able to use systems for their own administration. 

This is a splendid time to make a significant gift to a worthy cause and give your current old computer.  The following links will help you identify a suitable charity.  As you do that why not treat yourself to a new computer and get double the satisfaction ?

Search the Community Recycling Network UK Members Directory at http://crn.org.uk/search.php for IT & Telecomms Equipment.

Environmental Support Services offers fully integrated Cleaning, Recycling and Waste Management which, in turn, are consolidated by a diverse range of more specialist services.   Sondes Place Farm, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3EB   tel: 01306 740743  Fax: 01306 884147 email: info@cleanest.co.uk  

Computers for Charities  recycles and refurbishes redundant computer equipment to benefit charities within the united kingdom and overseas.  I believe they also are involved in a project in Lewes Prison where inmates are trained to refurbish old computers before they are sent to developing countries.  Simon Rooksby is the Co-ordinator: Cemetery Lodge, Esham Road,  Hailsham  BN27 3LJ  
Phone 01323 840641  or  0794 1122020  Fax: 01323 840641  e-mail: c.f.c@btinternet.com

Computer Aid International accept it equipment for refurbishment and distribution to charities. Unit 114 Belgravia Workshop, 159 Marlborough Road, London  N19 4NF  Phone: 020 7281 0091  or  020 7281 0058  Email: info@computeraid.org    

egeneration  may provide destinations for your unwanted items - mainly concentrates on businesses in West Sussex.

Recycle-IT! Limited is the largest national not-for-profit computer recycling company providing computers for communities.  It was formed in 1995 and has created jobs for previously unemployed people.

Tools for Schools is a not-for-profit business founded on a single mission: to give every school child in the UK access to a personal computer wherever and whenever they need one.

Donate a PC is a free 'matchmaking' service for individuals and organisations to donate un-needed hardware (computers, printers etc) to UK charities, not-for-profit organisations and educational establishments.  It distributes through Free Computers for Education

IT for Charities lists companies which supply recycled PCs and/or offer PCs at special charity pricing.  

Or search a register at  http://search.guidestar.org.uk/cgi-bin/search?query=computer

Oxfam runs a scheme designed for companies wanting to donate unwanted computer equipment which are then sold on through 1st 4 Recycled Computers

The Regional Electronics Initiative is a not for profit network of independent computer refurbishment centres, working together to deliver a high quality service to businesses with added benefits to communities and the environment. Mainly non-local.

Household waste recycling sites accept old computers (from your own home only) free of charge.

I spent a couple of years living in Nigeria, working as a VMS System Manager and Oracle DBA.  So the following charitable projects have a particular resonance for me.

Give Now

Provide skills and jobs to 425 disabled in Nigeria
Help disabled youths with no basic education/ job skills. They resort to begging and became victims of dangerous activities. Educate and train them in job skills for economic and social independence.

Theme: Education | Location: Nigeria | Need: $45,216

Give Now

Cows to Kilowatts!
FROM HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD TO ENERGY: Creating a biogas plant to transform noxious abattoir waste into cheap domestic energy for poor families & fertilizers for low-income farmers.

Theme: Environment | Location: Nigeria | Need: $150,000

And if none of the above provides a suitable destination for your old PC, here's an idea.....

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