Skydiving fundraiser for Charity

Pauline Perkins well done. 80+ and Skydiving at Headcorn, Kent to raise money for charity.

Pauline raised a whopping £700 for Computers for Charities & Tearfund and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you and well done!

Pauline Perkins of Eastbourne, is an amazing lady, with lots of pluck and energy. Pauline is undertaking a Skydiving fundraiser at Headcorn, Kent to raise funds for 2 charities. Tearfund & Sussex based “Computers for Charities”.

Two longstanding and good causes working for the common good in aiding vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

To support Pauline

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A Community Computer Tune Up Day Near You!

Computers for Charities – Community Computer Tune Up Days.

Our next community tune up day is

Friday 19th May 10am – 2pm. St Michaels Church, Common Lane, Galley Wood, Chelmsford, CM2 8PW

All are welcome to bring along their Laptops / Desktops for a check-up. (Only 1 item per household please)

Wednesday 21st June 11am – 3pm it’s the turn of St Johns Church Egham. Manor Farm Lane. TW20 9HL.

Friday 23rd June 10am – 2pm its Eastbourne. River of Life Church based at St Barnabus Church. Kingfisher Drive, Langney. BN23 7RL.

With more venues to come! For more information or to hold Tune up Day Event. Please get in touch.

email: Tel: 01323 848588 web

Sussex based charity. Computers for Charities launched its new community project at St Marys Hub, Handsworth last Friday 14th April. Receiving a warm response from local people seeking free advice and help to get their laptops and computers fully operational.

CfC Chairman Simon Rooksby says. I was a great day and a pleasure to meet some great people from the local community, seeking to get the best from their home computers.

It was a pleasure for the charity to provide support and advice, with a return planned for the autumn. Meanwhile CfC will travelling around the country offering support and advice to folk in Newcastle and south to Bath over the oncoming weeks.

Simon says. This is a new venture for CfC, which has been operating since 1994, primarily aiding charities & schools. However on its last trip to Handsworth to collect Christmas shoeboxes for its own annual appeal.

It was the folk there that planted this seed and above all Tune up days are a free service including the tea!

For more information or advice. Please call Simon. Tel: 01323 848588 email: website:

Next Venue: Saturday 29th April – 10am – 2pm. Christ Church, Roxheth Hill, Harrow, HA2 0JN. All are welcome…..

Free. Community Computer Tune Up Day launch Friday April 14th Handsworth, Sheffield. 10am – 2pm St Marys Church Hub, Handsworth, S13 9BZ

Sussex based charity, Computers for Charities is providing a free computer check-up for any and all laptops or desktops.

Everyone welcome, Simply drop in, Refreshments will be available

Community Computer Tune Up Days will be appearing in Towns and Villages across the country in the weeks to come!

From March 2023,Computers for Charities launches a new community initiative countrywide

Our CfC Van will be travelling across the UK, providing Free Computer Tune & Check Up’s in tandem with local Organisations seeking to link with communities.

Simple enough, people can bring their Laptops or Desktops to the various venues for a free health check.

Responses from Organisations wanting to engage with this event have been overwhelming.

For Organisations wanting to host a Tune Up day. An accessible location is required, electricity, broadband access plus facilities for hospitality.

For more information or to register your organisation.

Contact: Simon Rooksby

Tel: 01323 848588


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Ukraine Appeal 2022 – 2023

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.

Eastbourne Elite Lunch Club fund raising Lunch 24th March

Computers for Charities sends a big Thank You to Eastbourne’s Elite Lunch Club and La Locanda Del Duca restaurant for its fund raising lunch Friday 24th March to aid Computers for Charities ongoing support to Ukraine, with £325 raised.

In 2022 Computers for Charities undertook three trips into Ukraine covering over 15,000 miles & providing wide ranging aid to areas directly affected by this tragic ongoing conflict, with no end in sight.

Simon Rooksby Chairman says. Our services and support are not just about computers. But more importantly, it is people that matter to us, hence our strap line “Passionate about people” emphasising our wider commitment, locally nationally & worldwide.

Sadly the bottom line is it costs to provide such help, but thanks to the support of Eastbourne Elite Lunch Club for the second year, more help will get to where it is needed. Thank you

Chairman – Simon Rooksby

For more information or to help or need help! Contact Computers for Charities. Tel: 01323 848588 email: website.
Registered Charity: 11078

Jpeg L-R: Simon Rooksby Chairman CfC, Luca Albertoli Owner La Locanda Del Duca, Peter Owen Chairman Eastbourne Elite Lunch Club, ? Staff La Locanda

14th October 2022

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2022

2022 has proved an eventful year for us all. And certainly for CfC the time has not dragged, as we have consistently sough to address and aid a wide variety of areas of need.

Needless to say, with Eastern Europe providing a stark area of focus. CfC’s response has been direct support into Ukraine, surrounding countries in a variety of ways. Thus far clocking up over 14000 miles / 22530km.

Now with the run up to Christmas, our aim is to include Ukraine within our annual Christmas Shoebox distribution to Eastern Europe, for which your support would be welcome.

To Date we have received a good quantity of boxes for adults, men & women, but there is a need for children’s 8 – 12 & Teenagers if possible. Plus financial support to aid fuel costs would be great help.

The only exception to shoebox contents, is NO soft toys please. With so many regulations these days. Soft toys without a disinfection certificate could cause unwanted problems. Thank you.

Please note: Deadline for boxes, and again please not boot boxes. Just standard shoe size or better still Gift bags. Are needed by Friday 18th November (not as the attached flyer)

Thank you


Simon Rooksby

Chairman – Computers for Charities

Please get in touch for further information. Tel: 01323 848588 email: web:      

20th September 2022

“On the road” Since 1994 Computers for Charities key role has been connecting with People locally, nationally and worldwide. With our current trip to Ukraine, Romania & Bulgaria doing just that & distributing your donated gift boxes, medical aid and whatever the needs maybe. But more importantly the delivery of encouragement & respect to those we encounter on the journey.

To that end I would value your support in aiding our dear friends Levi & Sasha and their efforts to aid Ukrainians repair and restore their damaged homes from this conflict. In this first phase which they aim to commence in November. 10,000 euros is needed for building materials, whilst many have offered time and skills to travel to Ukraine to aid villagers in this process.

Meanwhile, we will return in December as we celebrate 30 years of collecting and distributing Christmas Shoeboxes.

Deadline for those wishing to support 19th November.

Thank you. Simon
Simon Rooksby, Computers for Charities

2nd September 2022

Computers for Charities leaves for Ukraine Monday 5th September. Many thanks & well done to Mike Hole & Chilli Graphics for updating the vans art work.

Deadline for CfC’s Christmas Shoebox appeal 19th November. More information

19th July 2022

Once again I would wish to offer my thanks from CfC and also the Ukrainian people you have kindly supported.

This trip certainly was a step into the unknown, given the current circumstances across Europe one way or another. To that end I left the UK 21st June with our aged Mercedes Sprinter Van, loaded up with medical supplies, rescue boxes & dry food stuffs. Then loaded up Jerry cans in Moldova containing 100 litres of diesel to distribute given fuel shortages.

I will tell you now. This was no picnic. The heat being more extreme than the current climate in the UK. The Van air conditioning failing on the first day of travel on a round trip of 4500 miles. Covering Germany, Austria, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and then back to the UK.

Then there are the border crossings, not just once. But many. Queues stretching for 10 – 15 miles. Which is not just related to the Ukraine conflict, but seems endemic across Europe. Plus of course the high fuel costs for people on a lower minimum wage than here is affecting all areas of life.

Needless to say, it was not plain sailing and entry to some countries initially denied. However most people sought to be courteous and helpful, which further and enabled contact with various refugee groups in many of these countries.

Top temperature however was 56c.I then travelled with Pastor Rufus also translating from Romania into Moldova. Travelling in these countries is slow going, bad roads and so forth reduces road speed normally to 20 – 30 miles per hour. Hence most days 10 – 12 hours driving to cover relatively small distances.

Patience is a virtue, staying calm despite all that is thrown and you essential. And we got through, meeting with local contacts. Whilst ensuring your donations actually got received by those in need in the region of Odessa. So well done.

The Van at this stage was requiring repair work, 3 of the 4 shock absorbers had blown, plus some other jobs needing urgent repair to get us home in order to make the return trip in 6 weeks with more supplies and I hope in December as part of our annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal run. So if you would like to further support. Please get in touch.

Many thanks


Simon Rooksby

Chairman – Computers for Charities

Facts about Ukraine. Population 44 million. Land size 233.032 square miles. UK 94,058 square miles. Ukraine Conflict began: 24th February 2022, 2014 Conflict began 20th February. Curfew begins 10pm – 5am. And has gone through various conflicts dating back to 13th Century. Including Crimea War 1858 which gave us Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole. The Ukraine has been under Russian influence from 1917 until the collapse of communism 1991.

4th July 2022

Well done to all for your support. Aid has now been distributed directly to Ukraine and now we face the return trip to UK, before returning in just 8 weeks time. Temperature have soared to 56c our van broken down and now patched up. But people have benefitted and offer our thanks to the people of UK.

Well done. Simon

Photo shows border into Ukraine

17th June

I would wish to offer my thanks for your support to Computers for Charities its Ukraine Appeal.

After COVID It has been so encouraging to see the national response aid Ukraine directly and support its refugees in the UK.

We have experienced a few delays in getting aid to areas of need. However next week, I will be driving out to the Ukraine with medical & food supplies to the region of Odessa in the South East. A journey of around 3000 miles, and as with all such trips has required much patience and preparation.

All being well, I hope to update our Facebook page when possible which may be of interest.

Well done and thank you


Simon Rooksby

Chairman – Computers for Charities

Plus a big well done and THANK you to Hailsham Knit & Natter group, with more knitted items. For anyone interested in joining this group. They meet Monday 2 – 4pm in Hailsham. Call: 07789928183 for more information or to donate knitting wool. A good social time is guaranteed!

7th June. More thanks for support.

Eastbourne’s Langham Hotel fundraising lunch raised £840. Nigel Kirby (Owner), Simon Brown (General Manager) Peter Owen (Elite Business Men’s Lunch Club)

Also Hailsham Community College & Simon Smarden, Head of Sixth form collected 150 Rescue Bags.

CfC is heading for Odessa, Ukraine. Departure Now 20th June. Please keep the support rolling. Medical supplies & dried food stuffs. 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: Web: or to donate.

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


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

14th March 2022

Many thanks and well done to Green Street Green Baptist Church Orpington & Vinnie owner of EXN Social.

Bike store & café 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.


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.

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 Rooksby – Founder / Chairman

Tel: (+44) 01323 848588 email: web:

Registered Charity No: 1107802

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CfC Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2022 Updated

Computers for Charities 27th February 2023

I am sorry for the late update regarding last year’s Ukraine & Christmas Shoebox appeal. However once again would thank you for the support provided.

December 2022 marked 30 years since undertaking this annual appeal. Back then it was directly in response to the war in Bosnia. However from that start, numerous organisations took up the torch to mirror this sentiment. Blessing millions of vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the world.

I understand Shoeboxes have been distributed to over 100 countries over this period and the number of shoeboxes donated. Must be millions.

Last year proved especially hectic for Computers for Charities. Not only in supporting its ongoing services and support, but also embracing the war in Ukraine.

To this end, I undertook three different runs out to Eastern Europe. Clocked up over 15,000 miles and also experiences. Needless to say by the end of the year, totally washed out as well.

But it’s a new year and a new start, as preparations take shape for this year’s Christmas run and also responding to whatever need s present themselves.

However whilst issues present themselves in our own country, difficulties are widespread for many in differing ways and different places.

My assumption of the Ukraine situation, is sadly not for a quick solution or even resolution. Likewise the same will be said for Turkey & Syria plus 52 other countries across the world suffering conflict in varying ways. Thank you.

Closing date for this year’s Shoebox collection: Friday 18th November 2023.

Well done


Simon Rooksby

Computers for Charities

Once again thank you for your support of Computers for Charities Christmas shoebox appeal. Thus far my travels have covered 1700 miles to Romania & Bulgaria. Grateful thanks to Pastor Levi and aiding with taking some of the items to Chernivsti in the Ukraine for distribution.

And now here in Shumen, Bulgaria with Pastor Rodney Johnson and “Life through Christ Church” to benefit the disabled children attending Novi Pazzar school and many in dire poverty across this region.  Thank you for providing hope & encouragement to these people through this simple gift. Thanks to the dear ladies in Bulgaria with aiding the unloading process…

Happy 2023 to you all from Computers for Charities. Thank you for your support of our Christmas Shoebox appeal. With Shoeboxes distributed to the Homeless, Foodbanks and tomorrow I leave for Eastern Europe with the next load. 2022 was a bumper year with amazing support from people like you. And a great encourager to those at the other end.

Support in all forms is valued and needed for all our communities.

Here in Sussex help us with our goal to Safeguard the future for the Link Coffee Shop in Hailsham and also seeking more Organisations and church groups to sign up for our Community Computer Tune up days.

CfC may well be coming to a town near you, offering a free check over and tune up of your laptop or desktop.

Organisations / Churches wishing to host a day.

Please get in touch.

Email: or call me on the road: 07941122020.

It will be great to hear from you. Simon, Computers for Charities

Help Needed!

Help needed at our Eastbourne workshop to Organise, Sort & Pack. Christmas Shoeboxes / Gift Bags, In date medication, Knitted Goods, Food Stuffs.

If anyone is able to help out. Please give me a call: 07941122020 or email: Time scale is over the next two weeks.

Many thanks


Simon Rooksby

Computers for Charities  

Let us Remember Them” – Rudyard Kipling 1897

Computers for Charities Christmas Shoebox Appeal. 30 years on. Brayford Villagers in North Devon have supported our appeal for more years than can I can recall. Always on Remembrance Sunday.

The Christmas Shoebox concept born from the 1991 war in Croatia war, NOT taking life but offering Hope.

Brayford with a population of 200 people rise gallantly to the challenge year on year out. Remembering those lost in the past, whilst aiding others with the future. 107 boxes collected in this remote area.

Plus such generous financial support to make it happen. Well done people of Brayford

CfC Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Well done and thank to Pat & all at The Good Shepherd Church, Wolverhampton. Tina & the crew at Hailsham Knit & Natter, Kevin & all Soul Survivor.

It’s absolutely great and will provide so much encouragement to those at the bottom end.

Closing date for boxes / gift bags 18th November 2022

Need information. Please give me a call at Computers for Charities. Tel: 01323 848588 or email:

Thank you. Simon

Computers for Charities Christmas Shoebox appeal got underway this weekend. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the good folk of Lowhill in Wolverhampton.

Many years back, they turned the tide from Shoeboxes to gift bags.. And this year yet again, The Good Shepherd Church, Lowhill have come up trumps.

The photo dates back to 2007. Sadly many faces have passed on. Including my dear Pa who passed away this year.

Well done Lowhill people and thank your such longstanding support & Love.


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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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2023 Computer Tune Up Days Near You

From March 2023 Computers for Charities is offering its services to Churches & Organisations across the UK to connect with local communities with through a “Computer Tune Up day”

People can bring in their Laptops & Desktops for a “Free Tune Up” and check over.

If you would like us to come to your Village, Town, City. We will be covering the UK & Northern Ireland.

Needless to say, electricity & Internet access are required!

For more information or to make a booking. Please give me a call. Tel: 01323848588 or email

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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Charities are part of a strong British Heritage dating back to 597AD.

Now more than ever Charities & Voluntary Organisation are desperate for Volunteers. Yes Volunteers, people of all ages & abilities wanting to give something back or possibly wanting to develop new skills.

Computers for Charities based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Is just one of those? COVID being just one factor to reduce many organisations ability to fully function.

Here at our workshop, I certainly would welcome more assistance our workshops to aid the many organisations we assist locally, nationally and internationally not just with computers but a whole range of support.

As with our forthcoming Christmas Shoebox appeal. Or admin assistant to share the load in the office.

Training is available where required. Commitment is open ended with flexibility always in mind. Regardless of your age or ability.

Please consider giving CfC a hand, give me a call Simon Tel 01323 848588 Monday to Friday or email. and help us make a difference.

Thank you. Simon

Simon Rooksby Chairman Computers for Charities

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Thanks and well done to Fran & Jonathan from Asbastos College Valencia during there Ersamus experience with Computers for Charities.

Their clip is in Spanish.

But people may recognise places / people in their film

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Northern Grit

110 employees of an automotive factory in the North East of England face company close down and unemployment this Christmas.

Regardless of their own future and uncertainty they are opting to support Computers for Charities, Christmas Shoebox appeal to benefit disadvantaged Children, Elderly and Homeless.

Talk of Northern Grit, this action speaks volumes. Thank you.

So now is the time to get in touch and get on board. Schools, Business and individuals and lets make a difference in other people’s lives this Christmas.

For more information. Please give me a call. Simon Rooksby

Computers for Charities. Tel: 01323 848588 or email.


Thank You    

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Moving On

Renault Master 2006 15 Seater Minibus. White. 108175 miles. 2463cc, Tow bar with electrics. Minibus has been totally overhauled. Speed limiter installed 62mph. Seats removable. Numbers could be reduced, vehicle suitable for conversion and limiter disabled. Now surplus to the charities needs and offers welcome. (image supplied for illustration)

Also used Panasonic PT-DZ10K projectors 10600ANSI lumens DLP WUXGA (1920×1200) with ET-D75LE10 lens. Current list price for this projector is £28,000 & lens £3000. Please note these projectors are very powerful & suited for large hall or auditorium areas. Offers welcome.

Call Simon 01323 848588 or email: Items are located in Eastbourne, East Sussex

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