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Charity cruises towards ‘Destination Florida’ thanks to new technology support

Children’s charity, Destination Florida, is investing in new technology to help it in its efforts to give children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses the holiday of a lifetime to Florida.

The charity organises the life-enhancing biennial trips to Florida, occurring every two years, for up to 75 children from all over the UK. With the costs of their next trip in 2018 expected to be £450,000, the charity relies heavily on fundraising as well as support from businesses to help reduce running costs.

After drafting in technology provider Midhsire, who analysed the charity’s technology needs, Destination Florida decided to opt for a new A3 multifunction printer (MFP) on a Managed Print Service contract, as well as three hosted desktop licences of Midshire’s Desktop Monster virtual desktop solution.

The MFP’s high quality output allows the charity’s creative team to save money by printing all leaflets, flyers, and posters in-house. Additionally, the hardware has an ‘eco-mode’ setting, which temporarily reduces print quality for documents that don’t need to be high-quality, a very useful feature for an organisation that needs to make every penny count.


Removing the need

Destination Florida took advantage of a 30-day free trial of Desktop Monster, to ensure the hosted desktop platform met their exact needs before committing. Destination Florida benefits from Desktop Monster’s special discounted rates for charities, ensuring their IT needs are met without breaking the bank. Additionally, Desktop Monster has removed the need for the charity to invest in expensive on-site servers, the latest laptops and costly IT support contracts.

Destination Florida’s Operations Director, Paul Bailey commented: “The services give Destination Florida a cost-effective solution and help us to develop our fundraising and administrative requirements as we get closer to take-off.”

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