Turn your old mobile phone into cash to help hospice.

A MUM and daughter have launched a month-long drive to encourage people in North Devon to recycle their old mobile phones in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Lisa and Charlotte Bousted, from Barnstaple, have organised a number of collection points around the region to turn unwanted handsets into cash for the charity.

Throughout August, people can drop off old phones in Barnstaple (at Green Lanes Café, Webbers Estate Agents and Funderzone); Bideford (at Blazley’s of Bideford, Webbers and Torridge Training); South Molton (at Mole Valley Farmers and Webbers); as well as at branches of Webbers in Braunton, Ilfracombe and Torrington.

Lisa said: “We just want the phones, no SIM cards or accessories and it does not matter if they are not working.

“At the beginning of September we will collect all our boxes and exchange the phones for cash that will go towards the hospice.

“We are really looking to push this as most people will have old phones lying around their house.

“We are really grateful to the businesses for helping us and the hospice and would love to hear from other businesses who would also be willing to be a collection point.”

After September, people will still be able to drop their phones off directly to hospice shops, which are continuing the appeal on a long term basis.

The initiative is one of a number of fund-raisers the mum and daughter are holding ahead of a six-day charity trek to Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania in June next year.

Charlotte, who hopes to celebrate her 19th birthday at the summit on June 19, said: “We hope to raise £10,000 in aid of the hospice between us and have already raised more than £5,000 in the last two months.

Mum Lisa, added: “The hospice is very close to my heart as this is where my mum passed away in 2006, plus as a cancer survivor myself it also means a lot to me to help others.”