Donate an Old Laptop

Tony Bourke delivering laptops to Onslow St Audrey’s School, Hatfield

Nobody likes to throw away a laptop just because it’s old. That’s why many of us have one in the cupboard.

What if we told you there are hundreds of school kids crying out for a laptop? No surprise, right.

But what if we told you that those same school kids could use your old laptop? That’s a real surprise!

Computer Friendly has provided over 200 laptops to schools in the first 10 weeks of 2021 alone and we have just made 100 devices more ready-to-go!

We take donated laptops to fix, upgrade and refurbish as best we can into Windows 10 laptops and CloudReady ChromeOS devices. Schools choose the types they need to keep their pupils online during lockdown and beyond.

So what’s the secret? Well, a team of dedicated unpaid enthusiast volunteers, some new high speed memory drives (SSDs) and a lot of tinkering! We can even reuse many components from broken laptops: keyboards, screens, batteries, memory and power supplies are often interchangeable to prolong the life of another laptop. “Two become one”, as they say in the song.

How you can help us…

Go on! Bring us your old laptops and we’ll give them a new lease of life in the hands of the younger members of our society. (A few of the laptops are older than their users!)

As well as laptops, we can also reuse tablets and smartphones in hospitals, vaccination centres and care homes.

Click <<here>> for our wish list of what we would like to receive.

To recycle your item, simply send an email to or phone us on 01727 617359.

Oh, if you are worried about any data left on your hard disk storage in your laptop, click <<here>> to see the shredder we used to destroy and recycle the old hard disks. All devices are wiped / factory reset.

The stats…

Reuse / recycling is good for the environment. As of 16th March 2021 Computer Friendly have

Laptops iPads Tablets Smartphones Desktops
Received: 451  77 38 38 12
Passed on: 224  17 0  1 12
Ready to go: 47  36 28 10 0

That’s at least 670kg of equipment (⅔ tonne) that hasn’t ended up at the dump.

We estimate that between us we have saved 72,000kg of CO2 (yes, 72 tonnes!) from being created (based on new laptop CO2 estimated by The Restart Project data).

Who have you helped so far?

Here are the names of some of those that benefited from your donations:

St Albans & Harpenden

Cunningham Hill Junior School Mandeville Primary St George’s
HAWA St Albans Manland School St Helen’s Primary
Herts Police Domestic Violence Margaret Wix Primary The Grove School
Katherine Warington School Redbourn Primary The King’s School
Killigrew Primary St Dominic Catholic Primary Beds Young People’s Support Team
London Colney Primary Sauncey Wood Wood End

Hatfield/Welwyn Garden City

Birchwood Avenue Primary St Michaels Woolmer Green Stanborough School
Green Lanes Primary St Johns Primary Tenterfield Nursery
Onslow St Audrey

On 8 February, 2021 Herts Advertiser published a complimentary article about what we were doing. Click here to read the article, and what Cathy Longhurst, headteacher at Mandeville School, said about how we help their students.