Blackmore Ricotech has teamed up with PC Zone in Yeovil to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service.
Blackmore Ricotech set up its innovative Donate IT scheme to give members of the public an opportunity to recycle redundant equipment and have any personal data securely removed free of charge. These donations create a valuable source of income for charities and good causes.
IT business PC Zone has been working as one of the scheme’s authorised ‘drop off points’ in the West Country for unwanted computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones that may otherwise go to household recycling centres. The equipment is collected by Blackmore Ricotech and securely data cleansed to Government standards at their facility near Warminster. It is either refurbished or broken down to components for resale, and 50% of the proceeds goes to charity.
Richard Connock, a director at Blackmore Ricotech, believes the scheme fills a gap when it comes to the public managing their own data: “The public has a dilemma when it comes to unwanted computers and mobile phones. Should they keep hold of them, sell them or send them to their household recycling centre? What happens to their confidential information?
“By using donateIT they know that we’ll remove their data securely, and generate a financial return from good working items, and that the funds will go to charity. They may feel safer keeping IT in a cupboard for years on end, but it is far more secure if we sanitise the item.”
“We’ve been at the forefront of secure data destruction and IT recycling in the South West for 20 years. Typically we work with Government departments and large businesses and securely dispose of their assets and remove personal and sensitive data.
“We are proud that our Donate IT scheme is helping the public make more of their unwanted equipment and giving something back to charities like Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance that do such great work.”
Lee David, Manager at PC Zone Yeovil, commented: “We’re delighted to support Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance through the Donate IT scheme. I think it’s important to try and reuse and recycle unwanted technology where possible. This scheme ensures assets and components are handled properly. It reduces the negative impact on the environment, and a great charity also gets to benefit.”
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance relies on fundraising and donations to keep flying. Tracy Bartram from the charity stated: “We want to say a big thank you to the public for their donations of computer equipment and to those at Blackmore Ricotech and PC Zone who have supported us. We need such local support to continue to provide this vital service.”
Richard and Lee handed over a cheque for £564 to the charity. A range of other charities also benefit from the scheme, and there are various easy ways to get involved and donate. Blackmore Ricotech is keen to find other businesses who would like to be drop off points for IT. To find out more visit www.donateit.co.uk.
Pictured: (left to right) Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive, Lisa David from PC Zone, Lucie Stitch, Sales & Marketing Team Manager at Blackmore Ricotech, and Lee David from PC Zone.
To find out how BLACKMORE RICOTECH can manage your secure IT disposal, get in touch. Call 0800 880 3678 today
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