Unused mobiles wanted

ABANDONED mobile phones could hold the key to a nature reserve being in the money.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is calling on people to dig out their unused mobiles and donate them to the charity.

And by handing them in to staff at the RSPB Saltholme site near Hartlepool, they could be contributing to a world record.

From Monday, February 7, to Sunday, February 13, the RSPB is asking people to donate old mobile phones in a bid to break the world record for the number of used mobiles donated in one week.

It has teamed up with phone recycling specialist Redeem to have a go at the record which stands at 3,883 phones but charity chiefs are hoping to collect more than 5,000 phones, and raise more than £10,000 for the cause.

Doug Christie, of the RSPB, said: “This is an exciting challenge and one which we hope will boost income from the Recycling Appeal, now in its seventh year. Nearly £300,000 has been raised so far to help fund the RSPB’s conservation work and we are very grateful to everyone for all the items donated.”

Phones can be donated at the shop at RSPB Saltholme, at the RSPB’s Newcastle office, by calling 08451 30 20 10 to get a world record envelope, or by logging on to http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/shops.aspx for more details.