KATHERINE Kendall, a Frimley Green girl who is desperately in need of a life-changing operation, has received a boost from a local stationer.

On hearing about Katherine's plight, Christopher Climpson, of computer and stationary suppliers Cove Stationers (wholesale), wanted to find a way to help raise the £140,000 needed for the operation, to cure severe epilepsy.

Christopher said: "I discovered that every year millions of empty print inkjet and toner cartridges get thrown away. However, the vast majority of these products can be recycled - and therefore have a financial value that can be recognised. In this way, everyone can raise money for the Katherine Appeal without spending a penny."

Since contacting the family, Chris has collected over £70 worth of used cartridges but believes that many more can be salvaged. If you are a local company and are prepared to donate your used cartridges for Katherine then Christopher Climpson will collect the cartridges free.

Just call him on 01252 686083 quoting the KA8369 collection scheme. Alternatively, if you want to donate cartridges from your domestic PC printers then you can do so by going to the drop-off point at Asda, Farnborough.

Katherine's older brother, Oliver, said: "If people could just ask at their place of work if it's possible to organise the collection of old cartridges, and call Chris on 01252 686083, then we would be very grateful.

"Katherine's situation is really serious at the moment and we need all the local help we can get."

For more information on the Katherine Appeal, or to make a donation, contact the family at 10, Chartwell, Frimley Green, Surrey, GU16 6HW. Alternatively, you can email them at katherineappeal@tesco.net, visit the website at katherineappeal.com or phone the family direct on 01252 836880.