Donation allows Food Bank to buy laptop

The Westmorland Gazette: Miranda Howsby, branch manager of the Cumberland Building Society (front left), presents the laptop to King’s Food Bank manager Rachel Ellis. From the food bank are Kerry Crane, Alistair Sutherland, John Crane, Sue Bindloss and Creighton Bindloss Miranda Howsby, branch manager of the Cumberland Building Society (front left), presents the laptop to King’s Food Bank manager Rachel Ellis. From the food bank are Kerry Crane, Alistair Sutherland, John Crane, Sue Bindloss and Creighton Bindloss

THE King’s Food Bank in Kendal has been able to buy a £450 laptop computer – thanks to cash from the charitable foundation of the Cumberland Building Society.

The food bank, set up in February 2012, provides food boxes containing three to four days of non-perishable food to people who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves due to a crisis. It has already provided 16,065 meals to people in the town.

Manager Rachel Ellis said: “The laptop will help us enormously in running the food bank. We have a strong team of volunteers who are all dedicated to making a real difference in Kendal and helping to combat poverty in the town.

“We are supported by many individuals, churches, companies, schools and organisations whose judgement we rely on to identify genuine cases of need.”

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5:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

ELBEAN says...

Oh for goodness sake £450 for a laptop!? Don't get it : (
Oh for goodness sake £450 for a laptop!? Don't get it : ( ELBEAN

10:19pm Mon 23 Dec 13

blueboysad says...

£450 would buy a lot of food
£450 would buy a lot of food blueboysad

10:37am Tue 24 Dec 13

loughrigg says...

Can we have a response from the food bank? Tell us how the laptop will help generate more than its cost in food so we don't just think you're playing Solitaire and online bingo!
Can we have a response from the food bank? Tell us how the laptop will help generate more than its cost in food so we don't just think you're playing Solitaire and online bingo! loughrigg

1:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

snuggle-bunny says...

why not ask SLDC to donate on of their unwanted heavy laptops that they no longer want
why not ask SLDC to donate on of their unwanted heavy laptops that they no longer want snuggle-bunny

8:10pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Maybe it's an Apple.
Maybe it's an Apple. Milkbutnosugarplease

2:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

A central place that the volunteers can go to whilst volunteering at the food bank that will connect them to the entire charity world, organise and keep track of stock and donations, print flyers, email potential charity donators, setting up events whilst raising recognition, writing letters, storing addresses and contacts...right down to utilising excel to run the whole show...and those are just the blindingly obvious things that it will help with be it cash saving, or cash generating.

Some people pick the most ludicrous things to get annoyed about or pick apart. Mind blowing.
Happy new year everyone, and especially to those at volunteering their spare time at the food bank and other worthy charities!
A central place that the volunteers can go to whilst volunteering at the food bank that will connect them to the entire charity world, organise and keep track of stock and donations, print flyers, email potential charity donators, setting up events whilst raising recognition, writing letters, storing addresses and contacts...right down to utilising excel to run the whole show...and those are just the blindingly obvious things that it will help with be it cash saving, or cash generating. Some people pick the most ludicrous things to get annoyed about or pick apart. Mind blowing. Happy new year everyone, and especially to those at volunteering their spare time at the food bank and other worthy charities! Kendmoor

7:19am Sat 28 Dec 13

A view From Cumbria says...

Umm,

There's a guy in Kendal Market Hall with dozens of re-conditioned laptops all priced under £200, many, bloody good computers for under £150.

What is the complexity of running a food bank that they couldn't have bought one of those ?
Umm, There's a guy in Kendal Market Hall with dozens of re-conditioned laptops all priced under £200, many, bloody good computers for under £150. What is the complexity of running a food bank that they couldn't have bought one of those ? A view From Cumbria

10:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

Umm,

For starters he is no longer in the market hall, he's moved and last I checked his new place isn't up and running yet. That's neither here nor there anyway as you can get reconditioned ones off ebay for even lower than that with greater choice. Providing you get the right specs, for £450 you can get a brand new laptop that will blow a reconditioned one out of the water, and to answer your question directly that is less lightly to run into issues and can have an extended warranty that will last longer than the 1 year manufacturer one, not to mention the fact you know the new laptops real history.
Sometimes it's just a safer bet to buy a new one. Do the right thing first time and not suffer as a business later which could cost more.

It's £450, people! I doubt that was even the full amount that was donated. You're acting like it was tax payers money that's been "wasted on those stupid food bank charities". It's like a drop in the ocean.
Umm, For starters he is no longer in the market hall, he's moved and last I checked his new place isn't up and running yet. That's neither here nor there anyway as you can get reconditioned ones off ebay for even lower than that with greater choice. Providing you get the right specs, for £450 you can get a brand new laptop that will blow a reconditioned one out of the water, and to answer your question directly that is less lightly to run into issues and can have an extended warranty that will last longer than the 1 year manufacturer one, not to mention the fact you know the new laptops real history. Sometimes it's just a safer bet to buy a new one. Do the right thing first time and not suffer as a business later which could cost more. It's £450, people! I doubt that was even the full amount that was donated. You're acting like it was tax payers money that's been "wasted on those stupid food bank charities". It's like a drop in the ocean. Kendmoor

9:49am Sun 29 Dec 13

jazzactivist says...

Why should a charity not have an up-to-date computer and software to help with their organising and record keeping? Most do struggle on with very out of date technical equipment, and I'm sure this food bank will use that particular laptop for many years, but any kind of charity has to operate in the same way as a business and needs to be well-organised. Sadly, food banks are likely to expand, and it has already gone beyond just the collection of a few tins to help a couple of people over a rough patch. It's sad too that they had to apply to the Cumberland for a grant for a laptop. I would have thought that some kind local company / second home owner could have just bought the food bank a new one so that they could use the grant for something else they need. This is essential and valuable work with the poorest local people, so let's not grumble about a few hundred pounds to make volunteers' working lives easier.
Why should a charity not have an up-to-date computer and software to help with their organising and record keeping? Most do struggle on with very out of date technical equipment, and I'm sure this food bank will use that particular laptop for many years, but any kind of charity has to operate in the same way as a business and needs to be well-organised. Sadly, food banks are likely to expand, and it has already gone beyond just the collection of a few tins to help a couple of people over a rough patch. It's sad too that they had to apply to the Cumberland for a grant for a laptop. I would have thought that some kind local company / second home owner could have just bought the food bank a new one so that they could use the grant for something else they need. This is essential and valuable work with the poorest local people, so let's not grumble about a few hundred pounds to make volunteers' working lives easier. jazzactivist

12:54am Fri 3 Jan 14

ELBEAN says...

Because for little space it would use surely someone could use their own.
Because for little space it would use surely someone could use their own. ELBEAN

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