As a small independent charity, Cambridge Online needs cash and equipment donations to continue supporting digital excluded people. We rely on on a team volunteers to make our resources go as far they can, but our annual running costs are £70,000 and we receive around £40,000 of this in grants from Cambridge City Council. We have no other regular income, so everything else comes from raising funds through business sponsorship, fees, grants and personal donations. We also need equipment donations to pass on to our beneficiaries.
You can help our work by donating computer laptops, tablets and mobile phones only. All equipment should be in working order and have the appropriate power supply. In order for them to have a useful working life we ask that laptops be 10yrs old or less (unless a high specification when new), and tablets/smartphones are 5yrs old or less, ideally less than 3yrs old.
Equipment will be cleaned, data-wiped, tested and redistributed to people and organisations in need, including schools, adults, children and young people. If you want advice about data-wiping a device yourself, please follow this link: National Cyber Security Centre. If you are a business and want certified destruction of data, we can signpost you to some businesses that can offer this service direct to you.
We can accept equipment donations on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm in the car park at our main centre: Hester Adrian Centre, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge, CB4 1AX, and generally during weekday office hours though it is advisable to call ahead on 01223 300407 due to our small team. [Follow the signs for Papworth Trust when you are in Hawthorn Way – we share the same car park. Please ring the Cambridge Online door bell – do not enter the building]
Equipment donations for us are also accepted at Cambridge City Council, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ. Please phone them on 01223 457381 to arrange a specific time.
If you are not able to get to the drop off locations, or if you have a large amount of equipment to donate, please email us with details of what you have to donate, together with your address and we will be in contact to try and arrange collection.
We are also looking for cash support and sponsorship from individuals and businesses. We are happy to answer any questions or provide additional information. If you are thinking of Business Sponsorship please contact us.
- £250 will provide a computer & 4G to a person or family in need
- £6000 will pay running costs for one month
- £50 will help us refurbish at least one donated laptop or buy a personal hotspot to get someone online
- £100 will provide Mobile Wi-Fi 4G for a family in need for 12 months
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