Making your phone pay

PUBLISHED: 12:01 25 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 May 2010

Phil Morey from Stevenage and North Herts Talkback with Tracy Ownes and Martin Sheppard from the MBDA Charity Challenge Team.

Phil Morey from Stevenage and North Herts Talkback with Tracy Ownes and Martin Sheppard from the MBDA Charity Challenge Team.

WHEN the talking has to stop, what do you do with a couple of hundred old mobile phone handsets? The answer identified by MBDA UK in Stevenage was to arrange for their disposal through environmentally sustainable recycling and then donate the monies raise

Jane Shann (Phoenix Group) receiving the cheque from Jamie Shaw with Jane Savage from the Phoenix Group and Martin Blandy.

WHEN the talking has to stop, what do you do with a couple of hundred old mobile phone handsets?

The answer identified by MBDA UK in Stevenage was to arrange for their disposal through environmentally sustainable recycling and then donate the monies raised to local good causes.

Proof that this pays dividends was seen last week when the MBDA Charity Challenge Team presented cheques to the Phoenix Group for Deaf Children and Stevenage and North Herts Talkback, the talking newspaper for the blind.

The Phoenix Group works with hearing impaired children, their parents and siblings. The money given will be used to fund training courses on how these young people can develop skills to support their use of phones.

And as part of the donation, Martin Blandy, a third year apprentice at MBDA, will work with two students from Barclay School, Stevenage, to create a web site for the Phoenix Group.

The talking newspaper group offers an essential service to over 100 blind people, providing them with a link to local community news.

The donation will contribute towards the running costs of the service.

Jamie Shaw, MBDA UK environmental manager, said: "We take our commitment to environmental management as a top priority in the business and when we decided to change mobile phone supplier we saw an opportunity to ensure that the old handsets were disposed off in an environmentally responsible manner and also to get paid by the disposal company we used for doing this.

"The obvious choice for the money raised was to give it to local good causes and we are delighted to support the Phoenix Group and Talkback in providing improved communication opportunities for people of all ages.

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