THOUSANDS of old computers will be given to charity by Essex County Council.

As part of the council’s modernisation programme more than 6,000 laptops and PCs will be replaced and many of them donated to voluntary groups and charities in the county. The total figure to be donated is currently unknown.

The old computers are being replaced by the council and will be cleared of all data and refurbished at no cost to the authority before being passed on.

Interested organisations, who must be Essex-based  can find out more and apply by visiting the scheme's webpage.