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Charity appeal for mobile phones
Mobile phones
Computers For Charity is struggling to reach the target
A charity is appealing for 2,000 old mobile phones as part of a project to help underprivileged schools overseas.

Computers for Charity, based in Hailsham, East Sussex, has been collecting unwanted PCs for nine years and distributing them in deprived areas abroad.

Now the charity needs to collect 2,000 mobile phones which they can trade in for a new van to help them travel to deprived areas in Eastern Europe.

They have organised a sponsorship deal with two firms who will re-use the phone parts and in turn give them a van.

Difficult target

There are thought to be about 15 million unused mobile phones in the UK but Simon Rooksby, the charity's founder, said they are struggling to reach their target.

Mr Rooksby said: "It is proving a lot harder than I imagined to get the phones even though we will take whatever we can get.

"If the phones are dead or alive it does not matter.

"No matter how old they are, whether they are bricks or lightweight we can use them."

A previous project run by the charity provided computer access and training to rural schools in Africa.

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