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Quickie ways of helping charity.

Byline: By HENRYK ZIENTEK Business Reporter

A HOLME Valley businessman is hoping to ring up thousands of pounds for charity.

Paul Hirst has taken up the Huddersfield franchise for Fancy A Quickie?

The business markets a coin-operated machine which allows people to recharge their mobile phone in 10 minutes for pounds 1.

Now one of the machines has been installed at the premises of Heritage Exchange in Wellington Mills at Lindley.

And Mr Hirst has agreed that 10p from every pounds 1 will go to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust, which has its office at the mills.

In addition, Mr Hirst has pledged that 10p per pounds 1 from every one of the next 30 machines installed across the town will go to the charity, which is working to provide a children's hospice at Brackenhall.

David Heath, director of Birmingham-based Quickie Products, the company introducing the machines to the UK, was so impressed with the plan that he has agreed to match the donations penny for penny.

The machine at Heritage Exchange also carries the Forget Me Not logo and posters will go with other Quickies to highlight the charity.

Mr Hirst said the fundraising scheme would run for an initial period of 12 months, but added: "I would hope to be able to keep it going for at least five years.

"If we can get 30 machines installed in places such as cafes, pubs or even hairdresser's shops they will be like collecting boxes for the charity.

"They should raise a significant amount over the 12-month period."

The Quickie machines, which are made in China and imported by Quickie Products, can be wall-mounted in places such as cafes, restaurants, hotels or shopping malls.

The user simply puts a pounds 1 coin in a slot and plugs their phone into one of 10 leads, depending on the make of phone. An automated voice give them the instructions.

The user waits 10 minutes while the phone charges and a green light comes on to tell them the process is over.

The Quickie also has a built-in video screen, which can be used as advertising space or to run website pages, messages or other images.

"Having a machine installed doesn't cost the venue owner anything," said Mr Hirst. "They receive a commission for agreeing to 'host' the machine. All they have to remember to do is to switch it on each day."

But he added: "It would be great if venue owners decided to donate part of their commission to the Forget Me Not Trust as well."

Anyone interested in hosting a machine can ring Mr Hirst on 07749 429330

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CHARGED UP: At the charging point are (from left) Rob Wilde, of the Forget Me Not Trust, Paul Hirst, Heritage Exchange manager Danielle Firth and Mandy Barwick of the Heritage Group (PW280308Bcharge-01)
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2008
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