Fond Farewell

All are welcome to attend Dad’s funeral (Retired Acting Chief Constable Keith Rooksby RVM Aged 91 years)

Thursday 2nd June 11am at Green Street Green Baptist Church, BR6 6AA or burial at Hailsham Cemetery, BN27 3LJ 4pm the same day.

Many thanks to Pastor David Wood GSGB, Pastor John Pressdee & Simon Thomas in assisting with the arrangements.

On behalf of Mum, Philip & Pauline, Clare & Mat plus little Daisy.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers & condolences at such a difficult time.

We would ask, instead of flowers. Please make donations to Computers for Charities, Ukraine appeal. www.computersforcharities.org to assist the next delivery of medical supplies & food stuffs.

Due to leave UK, 6th June for Odessa.

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Ukraine Appeal 2022

Your support is needed both for Refugees and those remaining in Ukraine. Food & Medical supplies are low in many areas. Click this link to donate Help us to get resources in. Thank you.

25th April 2022

CfC is driving out from the UK Monday 16th May. Taking Aid to the Crimea region of Ukraine.

We are advised.

The needs are Non Perishable foods. i.e. Canned fish, meat, rice, pasta, bulgur, Tea: black & fruit, Fruit juice.

Medical Supplies, Especially items to treat wounds, pressure Bandages, tourniquets, etc.

No clothes, with the exception of uniforms.

Invertors & Generators needed for charging phones & laptops, etc, as no external power is available.

To help. Contact: Simon Rooksby, Computers for Charities. Tel: 01323 848588 email: admin@computersforcharities.org Web: www.computersforcharities.org or to donate. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/UkraineRescueboxes

22nd March 2022

Ukraine Appeal: We are still collecting Survival Boxes for refugees. Still needing the donation of a Long wheel base Crew Carrier Van, 3 KVA generator, Backpacks new or used.

Well done to the students of Bromley High School & teaching staff. 120 Rescue boxes donated. Much appreciated.

Plus to all knitters.. Knitted Wiggly worms would be welcomed. Thank you

Simon

17th March 2022

Many thanks to Ray Dadswell presenter for “Eastbourne on Line” to share on the background and support provided by Computers for Charities.

Once again we are appealing for Backpacks for Ukraine.

Lost property at schools & organisations must be a suitable location. Hence if work at such a place, have children of school age or grandchildren.

Please get them to ask and let us know. Thank you.

Simon Rooksby

Ukraine Appeal Update: 14th March 2022

Many thanks and well done to Green Street Green Baptist Church Orpington https://www.gsgbaptist.org.uk & Vinnie owner of EXN Social.

Bike store & café https://www.endurancexnature.com Green Street Green for collecting more boxes for Ukraine.

If you are a keen cyclist or enjoy a good cup of coffee then EXN is a good place to drop off Survival Boxes for the Ukraine.

Well done everybody and please keep the support rolling.

Simon

Ukraine Appeal Update 12th March 2022

Good News: FAF based Romania, aided 23 children too safety after a gruelling 28 hour journey from Ukraine. Well done!

It takes a women to organise. Thanks to Kathy Jenkins a CfC volunteer. Why not use backpacks instead of boxes?

We are keen to hear from any company able to donate Backpacks, (roughly 40 x 30cm)!

Plus Urgently Needed: 3KVA generator, Electric Water Urn, Survival Boxes / Backpacks, First Aid items & Still needing road worthy LWB Mercedes Crew Carrier Van, Tow bar, etc. (Sorry No guarantee of its safe return) !

Hailsham FM 8th March 2022

Listen again: Simon Rooksby of Computers for Charities visited the studio this morning to talk to Neil Povey about their ‘Survival Box’ appeal – you can donate a box to help refugees leaving Ukraine.

Listen In.

https://www.mixcloud.com/HailshamFM/interview-simon-rooksby-computers-for-charities-ukraine-appeal-8-3-22/?fbclid=IwAR0EPKBd11tzWdcUIG3fdfglDyFW2SEovK63VaqNOz0M6tUSLciVwe9QYpk

Well done to NHS staff. including the setting up of Sussex NHS Ukraine Appeal WhatsApp group.

Needless to say Survival boxes and financial support are the need at this time. Following the first visit we will be better able to advise.

Many thanks to John Kimble (John Kimble Graphic Design) with the supply of art work.

Information flyers are available on request. If you can circulate this too friends, family, workplaces, organisations and schools, that would be great.

If you wish to support, maybe as a collecting point to reduce my travel that would be great.

Boxes we need and financial support. Donations can be made to our appeals account. Computers for Charities Sort Code: 20 – 27 – 91 Account No: 00739073. (Gift forms are available on request)

Thank you

Simon

Simon Rooksby – Founder / Chairman

Tel: (+44) 01323 848588 email: simon@computersforcharities.org web: www.computersforcharities.org

Registered Charity No: 1107802

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Ukraine Appeal

Sussex based charity “Computers for Charities” is responding to the Ukrainian conflict with an appeal for Survival Boxes for distribution in Eastern Europe for displaced citizens from Ukraine across Poland, Slovakia, Hungary & Romania.

London based company Mime Cast paved the way, with a donation of 150 boxes containing personal care items to aid the thousands of displaced people streaming across the borders.

Computers for Charities is no stranger to conflict, since 1994 having worked and supported projects in many war torn countries.

CfC Chairman & Founder. Simon Rooksby says. “Whilst our politicians do their best, it remains our duty to aid the vulnerable & disadvantaged. Certainly this situation provides such a time of real need for generosity”

In tandem with appeals for donations of Rescue Boxes, from individuals, schools and business.

The charity aims to operate a mobile soup kitchen across various crossing points in collaboration with local organisations within these countries. Especially given current weather conditions of snow and freezing temperatures.

Support of a donated LWB Mercedes Sprinter Crew Van is needed, as soon as possible to enable this. (More so given the age & frailty of the charities current transport stock)

For more information or to support.

Contact Simon

Computers for Charities. email: simon@computersforcharities.org

Tel: 01323 848588 Website www.computersforcharities.org

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Retraining & Upskilling

Eastbourne charity “Computers for Charities” offers a lot more than taking in unwanted computers!

CfC’s heart is for people locally, nationally & worldwide to help change and improve lives, computers being used merely as a tool.

CfC’s Computer refurbishment course, including PAT testing.

This week CfC saw four more candidates complete a unique practical & theoretical computer refurbishment course, developed by CfC at the charities Eastbourne workshop.

This course originally developed, when CfC responded to a request from the UK Prison service to provide materials to supplement vocational training programmes within prisons.

Simon says. When we were contacted by HMP. Our thoughts were, not to reinvent the wheel.

Hence looking at what materials were currently available. And responded.

Piloted as far afield as Shetland, accredited and shortly this year to be utilised within Scottish High Schools, before going overseas to increase curriculum for secondary education in developing countries it has applications for many

Plus providing opportunities locally & nationally for retraining and upskilling.

Applications are welcome for candidates to join the next course or organisations wanting to utilise the charities materials for training / education purposes.

For more information.

Email admin@computersforcharities.org

Web www.computersforcharities.org

Tel: (+44) 01323 848588

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Public Health Warning. A ticking bomb

Charity Chief warns of a ticking time bomb in UK homes. Chairman of Computers for Charities Simon Rooksby, based in Sussex is warning UK households of potential risks from tap water.

Yes the water we drink from our taps at home each day, and no. It’s not another cranky theory. But something that is real, not recognised by medical services. Particularly can effects children and left a legacy for the elderly. Whilst not reported in building surveys.

Over 8 million properties, mainly pre-war 1939, continue to receive their water supply through lead pipe work. Which connects and runs from the mains supply to properties.

Pipework which is the responsibility of home owners, not water companies. 8 million is representative of 30% of current UK properties.

Long term the effects of lead absorption are not to be taken lightly. And certainly are not be filtered out by conventional home water filters.

Treatment is not possible, but a simple blood test can be taken to check any potential lead levels in the blood.

Having worked in the area of Mental Health since 1980, including running Memory clinics to diagnose dementia. Simon Says:

Lead is not an area we ever considered or have been aware of within the medical profession regarding links to Dementia, or for that other medical conditions. Given we all presume our drinking water to be safe!

For Simon it only come to light with his own parents. 91 year old father & 89 year old mother. Both diagnosed with dementia, living in a modest South London 1920’s 3 bed semi since 1968. 50 years of a ticking clock.

An easy check to see whether your home water supply is safe. Check the water pipe connection at the stop cock. Today water supply uses plastic, prior copper then pre-war lead.

Water companies are not responsible for water pipe work on private property, but can advise. However given the scale of the issue presented.

New Legislation is urgently required to address this hazard, in order to safeguard present & future generations.

Medical services need to be aware also and factor in, with all and any health assessments of prolonged lead exposure.

Because to date, nobody has asked or even considered this!

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Rescue / Survival Boxes

Hats off to Mimecast in London for sending us 150 Rescue Boxes for us to distribute to aid the homeless in the UK.

Beachy Head Eastbourne once represented the world’s 3rd most popular location for suicide.

Since the introduction of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy team. Numbers of suicide deaths have dramatically dropped, with numerous lives saved. But more importantly people and families provided with the help required. Well done and thank you.

Many folk arrive at Beachy Head from all over and often with nothing. These Rescue Boxes provide further tools for the Chaplaincy team to use, as they walk the cliffs 365 days per year and in all weathers.

For any other organisations involved with support of the homeless. And would like a quantity of Rescue boxes. Which contain an emergency pack of toiletries, etc.

Highest suicide levels are recorded as Greenland, followed by Europe. Lowest Eastern Mediterranean!

  

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End of the Old & Start of the New

Computers for Charities Volunteers are having a welcome break until 10th January, after another yet another busy and hectic year.

Supporting needs far & wide. But its not over just yet. Our last load of Christmas shoeboxes leaves a little late. Bound for Romania, Bulgaria & Serbia. This Wednesday 29th December in time for the Orthodox Christmas January 7th.

Many thanks to all those that have supported. Especially all those at ZF Automotive UK Ltd as all have also lost their jobs with the company closure. Thank you also to Mimecast in London. 150 Rescue boxes supplied to hand out to people living on the streets.

And of course thank you to the many companies big & small that continue to donate good quality working computer equipment. It has been phenomenal.

British Car Auctions are just one such company. Thus far donating over 1000 working and up to date Desktops, Towers & Laptops so far.

Thank you all and well done.

Simon

Simon Rooksby – Chairman Computers for Charities

Ps.. Needless to say. Without your support. All the benefits gained by communities & Organisations worldwide since 1994 would not have been possible.

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A Right to Life

On Friday 26th November Dad reached the grand age of 91. On the same day, both he and Mum were discharged from Lewisham Hospital after an admission for falls then testing positive for COVID.

The upshot on their return home, both found to be suffering from dehydration, impacted due to severe constipation and skin broken down.

Then later found in addition to have oral thrush, and now weeks later is still not eating or drinking.

It was a frantic week, following their return to adapt their home and get the services required by both my folks & carers to aid them. As no preparation or organisation had been made. A typical Friday discharge.

All of this leaves me speechless as to what has changed within our NHS to allow such treatment of the elderly and disadvantaged and remains tantamount to neglect.

Certainly for myself and fellow nursing colleagues difficult to grasp.

Tomorrow 22nd December is the closing date for the proposed Scottish bill regarding assisted suicide. https://righttolife.org.uk/assistedsuicideconsultation

Having heard countless tales across the UK of similar experiences to ours of loved ones in hospitals and care homes, not just during this COVID time. It would appear an unsaid assisted suicide of the elderly & vulnerable has been ongoing for longer than we realise and ask the question WHY?

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Vacancy: Admin Assistant Part Time

Vacancy: Admin assistant. Organisation: Computers for Charities. Location: Eastbourne. Hours: 20. Application

Closing date 30th November. Seeking person with good people & communication skills.

For full job description. Email: admin@computersforcharities.org or call. Tel: 01323 848588

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Course Reminder

Reminder: Closing date for applications to our Free Computer Refurbishment Course Tuesday 30th November. Being run in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Email: admin@computersforcharities.org for application form. Organisations interested in running this 5 week part time course. Please get in touch.

Part time Admin assistant post based in Eastbourne. Closing date 30th November. Email admin@computersforcharities.org for job description or send us your CV. Tel: 01323 848588 for information or informal visit of our workshop.   

Many thanks

Simon

Simon Rooksby

Chairman – Computers for Charities  

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