Charity begins on the phone for Lister
By Rob Freeman | 27th January 2021
Lister Unified Communications has made a donation of almost £500 to two charities with a touch of recycling.
And the Stonehouse firm has named The Nelson Trust, the Stroud-based charity for people who have seen their lives hit by addiction, as the recipients of proceeds from its mobile phone recycling appeal in 2021.
As well as recycling old phones, businesses are being asked to act as drop-off points for old handset.
Lister raised £248.25 apiece for Gloucestershire Young Carers and adult learning charity Cintre.
Businesses donated 306 phones in the second year of the scheme, which donated more than £550 to Emmaus 12 months ago.
Lister sales manager Simon Gardner said: "It is a great way to start the year, turning something which has gone beyond its natural use into a real benefit for two excellent organisations.
"We have a long-standing relationship with both charities and know what brilliant work they do."
He continued: "Essentially, these are old pieces of junk that are at the bottom of a cupboard and doing nothing but taking up room.
"We ensure they are either given a second life or disposed of in the right way - and make money for two great causes at the same time.
"It's a win-win, because we ensure that all the data is securely wiped from any of the devices and the ones that can't be reused are recycled in an environmentally friendly way."
Lister and Nelson Trust are calling on businesses and organisations across Gloucestershire to support this year's campaign by collecting phones in a drop-off box - once Covid restrictions allow - which can be picked up after 10 phones have been donated or dropped off at one of its centres.
Details of how to collect and donate the phones with posters for a drop-off box are available at https://nelsontrust.com/mobile-phone/.
Established in 1992, Gloucestershire Young Carers aims to ensure all young carers are able to experience as normal a childhood and transition to adulthood as possible.
Based at Twigworth Court Business Centre, near Gloucester, it offers services across the county to anyone between the ages of eight and 24 in a care role.
Bristol-based Cintre offers support services to adults who are on the autistic spectrum, having learning difficulties or mental health issues.
The name comes from the tool used by architects to build an arch, holding the construction in place until capable of holding itself up on its own - a role reflected in the charity's services.
It has centres in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare with a community outreach programme which offers support to more than 60 vulnerable people in the region.
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