Photo: CfC vans with new art work & volunteers
It all began in 1994…. Chairman and founder Simon Rooksby says it is difficult to understand where the time has gone and the many developments that have taken place over the years.
It all began in the loft of my home and has just continued to grow, no longer occupying the loft but operating from dedicated workshops the charities support has also changed from local to global.
Over 250,000 computer systems have been donated primarily from corporate sources and Educational establishments including Sussex University; African schools on Line educational program is just one of many programmes the charity has pioneered providing computer access to over 100,000 children and the list goes on.
Over the years the charities aims and support have changed in response to the varying need that has been requested. However as Simon says it is not all about Computers, as the charities new slogan states it is “Passionate about People”.
Since day one the charity has operated largely unfunded and totally through the support of volunteers and continues to this day.
CfC operates an open door policy and works with a number of agencies including the Eastbourne Job Centre providing work experience opportunities to the long term and youth unemployed.
Other organisations as with Choices utilise the charities resources to provide opportunities for folk with learning disabilities, Autism, Physical handicap, Mental health and probation to aid personal development and value.
Christmas Shoebox appeal, humanitarian aid, Hailsham Food bank are just some of the facets of the charities support.
Simon says it is not just sponsorship from the big companies that has made all this happen, local companies. Including Chilli Graphics aiding graphic updates to vans or Chandlers BMW and Rossetts UK keeping our vehicles on the road.
More help, from Volunteers to financial support is needed to cover day to day running costs, let alone adequate investment to aid wider support locally and nationally given growing needs within our communitiesat this time