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The Scottish Building Society is on the hunt for unwanted mobile phones to help protect critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The society has teamed up with Fauna & Flora International, a UK-based charity which conserves threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, to encourage the recycling of mobile phones. For every reusable phone sent in, FFI gets an average of £5.

So far, the society has gathered around 30 phones from its staff. If you would like to support Fauna & Flora International by sending them your old mobile, you can find out more at www.fauna-flora.org/recycling. php or you can drop off your old phone at any local or area Scottish Building Society office in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Galashiels or Troon. Pictured above is head of business development Rhona Mackay with some of the phones collected so far.Zurich International Life has raised over £50,000 for SOS Children’s Vill-ages – a charity for orphaned and abandoned children – after 30 employees climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The money will be used to construct a primary school at SOS Children’s Village Basse in Gambia and funding for a family strengthening programme coordinated by SOS Children’s Village Arusha in Tanzania. Pictured (from left) are Kevin Traish, Martin Davis, Linda Muirhead and Andrew Oliver.

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