There is a campaign in place, involving the recycling of mobile phones, to raise funds for a local air ambulance charity. The life-saving service plays an important part in the borderline which sometimes exists between survival and a tragic consequence for those who they quickly transport to a nearby hospital.
Andrew Jones MP made the mobile phone appeal in January through both online and offline media, including a Facebook page.
Yorkshire and Humber Conservatives are managing the social recycling project and are being supported by the MP.
Mr Jones said that the campaign had received a great response from the outset:
“It wasn’t long before all kinds of unused phones were arriving at my office. Some of them were enormous – you forget just how far technology has come in a short time. I’m glad they are going to be put to good use rather than sitting at the bottom of a cupboard or being thrown away. Many of us will have received new mobile phones or upgrades over the Christmas period. An easy and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of the old handsets is to donate them to charity.”
Tony Doveston, a local fund raiser, who resides in Harrogate, thanked the MP for launching the appeal. He cites that £7,200 is needed each and every day to keep the service going. He further says that the donations they receive are vital and that the service would simply be unable to continue if it wasn’t for the generosity of the residents of Yorkshire.