It's not often that I beg (as regular forum members will know), but I'm making an exception in this case.

Here's the text of a message we received recently:

"A few years ago one of your readers requested old CDs for use with autisticchildren. He explained that the play of light on the CDs had a very calming effect and he lined three rooms with them.

My husband and I do a considerable amount of charitable work in one of the subsistence areas of Kenya, and one of the projects with which we are involved is a hostel and a set of classrooms for disabled children, at least two of whom are autistic.

Earlier this year I took out my old CDs and they work wonders. The teacher has asked me to acquire more if possible. Please could you help? The charities involved are and

Another request is for old mobile phones, preferably with their chargers. This part of Kenya does not have many landlines. Most people use pay-as-you-go mobiles, but the phones cost a great deal and few can afford to buy them. If readers would be kind enough to send us their old phones then we could sell them at a reasonable rate and put the money into building local secondary schools.

Many children cannot go to secondary school in Kenya because their parents do not have the money to send them away. We are building two schools: the first will open for the January term of 2006 and all money raised through the sale of the phones will be put into these projects.

The website is

J Patricia Dann (via email)"

Now that's what I call a good cause. I hope you'll agree, and respond with the generosity that I know typifies PCA forum members.

Send your old CDs to me:

Peter Thomas, PC Advisor, 99 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8TY

And you'll be on my Christmas list - many thanks in anticipation.