Lister engineer Tim Hutchinson and Tom Wand from sales team handing over the cheque from recycling of mobiles to Jo from Emmaus

Lister Unified Communications have laid down a challenge to the businesses of Gloucestershire to put their tatty old tech to use and raise money for two charities.

In 2019, the firm issued a call to companies to donate their old, discarded mobile phones and raise money for homelessness charity Emmaus.

More than 450 once-loved mobiles were donated from across Gloucestershire and £553.11 was raised for Emmaus.

But Lister sales manager Simon Gardner believes that figure can be beaten this year to raise vital funds for independence centre Cintre and Gloucestershire Young Carers.

“We had a great response last year with hundreds of phones being turned into hundreds of pounds for a great cause,” he said.

“Essentially, these are old pieces of junk that are at the bottom of a cupboard and doing nothing but taking up room.

“We can ensure that 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.”

Bristol-based Cintre offer 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 feat reflected in the charity’s services.

They have centres in both Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and a community outreach programme that offers support to more than 60 vulnerable people in the region.

Gloucestershire Young Carers were established in 1992 to support the ever-changing needs of young people thrust in to roles as carers for family members.

Their aim is to ensure that all young carers are able to enjoy and experience as normal a childhood and transition to adulthood as possible, given the obvious complications they face.

Based at Twigworth Court Business Centre near Gloucester they offer services the length and breadth of Gloucestershire to anyone in a care role under the age of 16.

Simon Gardner added: “We have a long-standing relationship with both charities and know what brilliant work they do. We set a good bar last year’s total, but I am confident that we can smash that.

“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.

“We will even arrange to pick phones up from any Gloucestershire company that wants to donate to the cause. You can play a part without having to leave the building.

“Because it is so easy, I am laying down the challenge to county companies to help us smash our 2019 total and raise vital funds for two brilliant charities.”

To arrange for your mobile phones to be collected, contact Lister Unified Communications  on 01453 829200 or e-mail hello@lister-communications.co.uk