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5th Dec 2019
Clive Evans of the NNAB and Jackie Wells of ESE Direct with one of the donated computers sm

Staff at a Norwich charity are enjoying upgraded computers on their desktops thanks to a decision buy a Norfolk company to upcycle its machines rather than send them to landfill.

City-based business and industrial products firm ESE Direct donated ten computers to Norfolk’s sight loss charity the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind, after the company upgraded its own desktops.

ESE managing director Jackie Wells volunteered as a befriender for blind people in her youth, and so when the firm decided to seek a new home for its old computers, the NNAB was an obvious choice.

“We always try to recycle where possible, and although we needed to upgrade out IT, the old machines are perfectly serviceable,” she said.  “We are delighted that we have been able to find them such a worthwhile new home.”

Clive Evans, director of business development at the charity, which will be renamed Vision Norfolk early next year, added, “IT equipment is a vital but very expensive overhead for any charity. 

“This donation means that money which we would otherwise have had to spend on updating our own computers can now be spent on providing direct support to the visually-impaired people of Norfolk.”

ESE Direct was established in 1975, and employs around 20 people at its Northumberland Street base.