Could You Donate Your Digital Devices?

High Sheriff of Bedfordshire continues drive for digital devices

High Sheriff's laptop scheme

Members of the public are being encouraged to donate their no longer used digital devices to be data erased, refurbished and distributed to pupils across Central Bedfordshire.

The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, launched the scheme earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure children who are in need of a device, but not eligible to receive one through a Government scheme, could still receive one and participate in learning. So far over 570 devices have been donated to pupils across Central Bedfordshire and over 1,700 across Bedfordshire as a whole.

Between Thursday 11 March and Thursday 1 April, members of the public can donate devices at:
  • Grove House, Dunstable from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
  • Houghton Regis library from Tuesday to Friday between 9.30am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 9am and 4pm 
Or at these other drop off points across Central Bedfordshire:
  • Biggleswade Town Council offices on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10am and midday
  • The Rufus Centre in Flitwick from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
  • Leighton Linslade library from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 2pm 
The High Sheriff

The High Sheriff’s scheme is hoping for donations of:
  • Laptops that are under five years old, with a charger, that can still be switched on
  • Chromebooks
  • iPads, which should have no physical damage, should be disconnected from iCloud and should come with a charger
  • Smart phones, which can be recycled with the funds raised offset against refurbishment costs
To ensure minimum contact when dropping off devices, the High Sheriff is asking people to donate each individual device and charger in a carrier bag and to continue to adhere to the Government’s coronavirus guidelines, maintaining space and wearing a face covering.

All devices will be professionally data wiped by Veritas Digital, who are working closely with the High Sheriff on the scheme.

Once they have been professionally refurbished, devices will be distributed to schools across Central Bedfordshire by the High Sheriff’s office.