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Kingston’s Mobile Mop Up scheme raises £4,000 for charity

Kingston residents have raised an impressive £4,000 for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust by recycling their unwanted mobile phone handsets.

The drive, which took place earlier this year, saw boxes delivered to locations around the borough, along with schools and shops asking for donations, with residents dropping their phones off.

Hundreds of phones were collected, with some donations still coming through.

The scheme saw Kingston Council and the Mayor’s Office team up with recovery, recycling and reuse experts Genuine Solutions to ask residents to hand over any unwanted handsets, which were then securely wiped of any data and recycled.

The proceeds from the project have gone to the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, with Councillor Margaret Thompson nominating Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and youth charity Oxygen as her two causes for her time as Mayor.

The Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Margaret Thompson, said: 

“I’m thrilled with the amount raised by the Mobile Mop Up project. Kingston’s residents care about their community and are incredibly generous people. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given a handset to the cause - you have raised money for charity and in an environmentally-friendly way and saved plastics, chemicals and metals from heading into landfill.

“I also want to thank Genuine Solutions for their tireless work and dedication on this project.

“We would be really keen to launch a similar drive in the near future, and we will be examining if we can do so in a safe way given the current climate.”   

Anna Morsa, Commercial Director of Genuine Solutions, said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to support the local charities in our community. The support from the public, schools and business has been truly great and it has been humbling seeing so many people giving to such a great cause in an unprecedented time. 

“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Rangers for the support they gave on the collections of totes. We look forward to supporting the next launch and pushing the bar further upwards in the amounts raised.”

Now, to mark the support given by the Kingston community during Mobile Mop-Up, Genuine Solutions will be using some of the donated phones that are beyond economical repair, to create a sculpture which will be housed in the Guildhall.

And Genuine Solutions wants Kingston residents’ help in designing it. They are inviting people of all ages to submit a drawing with their design, with the winning effort will then be made into the artwork, with the artist also receiving a £75 art equipment voucher. 

Entries open on Friday 31 July. The drawings will be judged by the Mayor and Genuine Solutions Chief Executive Christian McBride.

To enter, you can post your drawing to Genuine Solutions Group, Solutions House, Unit 1, 223 Hook Rise South, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 7LD, or email them to [email protected]

Don’t forget to include your name and age and get creative - the more imaginative the better!