Scottish wildlife needs IT equipment!

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has written a special 50th Anniversary Christmas wish list in the hope that IT firms may provide some vital hardware.

In a recent IT review, the Trust was told that simply in order continue carrying out its growing number of activities effectively, it needs an upgrade of IT hardware with a price tag of £24,200, including installation. However, as a charity with limited resources, the Scottish Wildlife Trust would much rather spend its money directly on protecting threatened wildlife.

For the past 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked very hard in pursuit of its vision of a network of healthy, resilient ecosystems.

The Trust hopes that companies which are feeling generous at this time of year may help.

Director of Finance and Resources, Susan McKenzie, said: “As we enter the time of year when everyone is thinking about Christmas gifts, the Trust is appealing to generous firms that may be able to provide some much-needed equipment.

“The Trust needs to upgrade its IT systems and would much rather spend money on our wildlife reserves, education work and ground-breaking species conservation projects.

“Protecting red squirrels, golden eagles and bees not only requires staff on the ground but also office-based support. Co-ordinating volunteers, recording data and sharing information are a huge part of the modern job of conservation.

“The Trust is asking companies that feel they could help to get in touch and help save wildlife by providing IT equipment.”

The most urgent items on the Christmas wish list are the following:

  • Two new servers, similar in specification to the Dell PowerEdge R420, retailing at £3,300 each
  • A flash-based SAN, such as the Nimble CS210, retailing at £13,000
  • 2 x network switches, such as the D-Link units, retailing at £800

The Trust would also be delighted to receive:

  • Up to 40 x i5 Surface Pros, retailing at £749

The amount of money needed to buy a laptop (£749) would cover the cost of buying 250 young trees and tree shelters. The Trust would far prefer to spend money enhancing our woodlands than on laptops! If anyone can help, please get in touch with our ICT Manager Michael Lennon by emailing mlennon@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust has written a special 50th Anniversary Christmas wish list in the hope that IT firms may provide some vital hardware. In a recent IT review, the …

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