Christmas Shoeboxes 25 years on

25 Years of supporting Christmas Shoeboxes

This year we celebrate 25 of supporting, collecting and distributing Christmas Shoeboxes for the elderly and children in the UK and Overseas. Much has changed over these past 25 years from its origin to provide encouragement and hope for those people caught up in the conflict of the Bosnian War and has grown, been adopted by countless organisations to become a worldwide operation.

Enquiries to support this year’s appeal have now been rolling in for the past few weeks, hence this update. In addition due to unforeseen circumstances Computers for Charities will be relocating to Eastbourne in the weeks ahead with normal service being maintained.

Your support therefore, even just sharing what we do to friends, colleagues would as always be most welcome in making this Silver Jubilee a memorable year.

As with previous years, the needs remain the same, standard shoe size boxes (not boots please) or gift bags  Children from Babies to Teenagers and the Elderly Male and Female. Indate medicines including items such as dressings, incontinence pads, nappies for children, warm clothing & blanketsdsc00301 would be welcome.

Thank you so much


Simon Rooksby

Computers for Charities

email: or call Tel: 01323 848588



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Farewell to EU Students

Its farewell time and well done to our European Erasmus students. Carles & Oscar from Valencia, Spain and Clement & Gaetan Northern France. You all have done well and Computers for Charities has enjoyed having you on board. Thank you and again well done.

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Beaten by the Spanish

Beaten by the Spanish. An evening of Ten Pin Bowling with our Spanish and French students witnessed humiliation for me with the bottom scores. John Kimble was great.. However Oscar & Carles from IES ABASTOS, Valenica were the winners on this occassion with France and Hailsham bringing up the rear.. Well done to Gaetan who played a double game for France Ten Pin Bowling

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Support heads out for African Schools

Supporting Mission Direct & Rewired Africa. Computers and equipment heading out to Zambia and Zimbabwe to aid needy projects. Well done to our Erasmus students for their hard work. Clement (left) from France and Oscar from Spain. Rewired web

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HMI Hits the Jackpot Again

Knit & Natter

Hailsham Memorial Institute has hit the Jackpot again. Knit & Natter is one of several local groups utilising the Institutes premises.

Knit & Natter meet weekly, Monday’s 2 – 4pm. But what a difference they are making to help others as also the HMI.

In only just a few months the group have knitted over 500 garments which will benefit disadvantaged children and blankets for the elderly in the UK and abroad.

Knit and Natter have now prepared and donated thousands of items to Computers for Charities who undertake distribution.

Computers for Charities, Chairman Simon Rooksby says: The contribution made by Knit & Natter cannot be understated.

It’s not just the thousands of items they have prepared year in year out, but the time given and costs involved for such quantities of wool to do the job.

Hence they would welcome any donations of double knit wool and of course new members to aid this very worthwhile cause.

More information regarding Knit & Natter Hailsham can be found on Facebook and also Computers for Charities

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Moving on….

CfC outsideCfC is on the lookout for new premises a minimum of 4000sq feet of dry warehousing in the Hailsham – Eastbourne area is needed quite urgently. CfC is certainly not closing down and work continues as normal. I would welcome any contacts, suggestions and also a lot of help when the new place is found to make the move will certainly be very welcome. Thank you. Simon

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Photos, email addresses wanted

Photos, email addresses wanted. It happens to us all and yes at Computers for Charities, catastrophe has struck hard with the loss of much data. Photos of the charity and all email contacts have been lost. If you can help us rebuild from anything you might have please get in touch or of course email. Thank you. Simon

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