EMPTY printer cartridges that have served their time can still produce pounds for forces veterans.
The annual Poppy Appeal raises millions each year nationally for the Royal British Legion charity.
Now people in Hartlepool are being reminded that more can be done to raise cash than just wearing a red flower once a year.
Sian Cameron, the Poppy Appeal organiser in the town, is urging individuals, businesses, schools and organisations to donate any used printer cartridges that she can sell on in bulk to raise money for the Legion, which provides welfare for those serving, ex-servicemen and their families.
Sian, 28, who took over the role last year from her charity-stalwart dad Ian Cameron, after he died aged 61, said: “People often think that the Poppy Appeal takes place just before November, but we actually fundraise all year round for the Legion.
“We have boxes out across the town all the time that are constantly being filled up. This is just a different way of raising money for the cause and hopefully one that people get behind and support.
“What may appear as rubbish to some people can be re-used and can help people who really need it.”
Last year, a record £44,000 was raised in the town for the Legion and Sian has adopted the competitive nature of her dad as she aims to set another benchmark.
Sian, an administrator from Wolviston, added: “That was actually more than my dad had ever raised, so I was quite proud of that. It will be harder again this year to top it but we’ll give it a go.”
Not all printer cartridges are recyclable, so Sian is asking anyone who wants to donate to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of those that can be.
She is happy to pick up the reusable cartridges in batches of 10 by contacting her by email or by ringing her on 07787 570601.
They can also be dropped off at the Cameron Taxis office, in Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool.
Sian said a prize is being organised for those who donate the most.
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