A HOMELESS charity is asking people to donate their old mobiles for a campaign to support people living rough in Mansfield and Ashfield.
Framework, which works with vulnerable people throughout Nottinghamshire, is aiming to raise £10,000 from placing phone recycling points in branches of The Nottingham building society.
Cash from the ‘Ring the Changes’ campaign will go towards maintaining the charity’s outreach team, which is now able to start helping rough sleepers in areas of the county outside Nottingham city centre.
Janet Lawless, communications officer at the charity, said this week: “We’re really excited about the campaign and think it is a great way of getting children and families involved with our fundraising.
“Now we are able to move our outreach team into the county to help people with nowhere to turn.
“Money raised will also go towards helping homeless people on the streets and our Sherwood Street emergency temporary accommodation centre in Mansfield which is the only facility of its type in the area.”
She added: “The facility has been well received since its opening in June and also provides legal support to people at rick from homelessness.”
The Nottingham building society, which has chosen Framework as its sponsored charity, will be placing a recycling bin for people to drop off unwanted phones in each of its 32 branches.
Peter Stanhope, communications manager at The Nottingham, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the charity and hope to continue to do so into next year.”
Donated phones will be recycled by Recycle4Charity with some phones worth up to £30.
Framework is facing large Nottinghamshire County Council budget cuts over the next four years that will be decided next month.
The Duke of Gloucester recently opened the Mansfield accommodation and the Outram Street centre in Sutton, which together cost around £4.5m and were built to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary.
The Sutton centre provides accommodation for young people who are at risk of crime as well as offering media training and a recording studio to build new skills for employment.
To donate a phone either visit a branch of The Nottingham building society or request a mobile phone recycling envelope by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.