BA and Age Concern team up to donate computers to Slough's elderly

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britishairways.gifBritish Airways has offered to donate its old computers to Age Concern in London and Slough to make them available to older people in both areas, to encourage them to get online.

BA’s replaced computers will first be sent to not-for-profit computer recycling company Maxitech.biz for secure data wiping and refurbishment, before being passed on to Age Concern to distribute where needed.

The computers will not only be used to benefit older people who access the Advocacy Service run by Age Concern Slough, but will also allow older people to gain access to the Internet and training at Age Concern Slough’’s drop-in centre in the town centre.

“These computers will give the older people who use them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests, and will enable them to have access to health and advice. This will make such a difference to the lives of many older people who find it hard to cope due to illness, disability or mobility problems, and find everyday tasks such as shopping and banking and even socialising difficult. Helping them to improve their computer skills and giving them free access to the Internet will give older people, who would otherwise be excluded, the same opportunity to make use of the benefits that communicating via the Internet provides for millions of
people everyday,” said Tracey Morgan, Age Concern Slough Chief Executive.

It’s a great initiative, particularly bearing in mind that most large companies replace their computers quite frequently, so the ‘cast-offs’ should still be of decent specification.

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Andy Merrett