Sheffield businesses continue to support laptop campaign

Although children have returned to school this week, digital poverty remains an issue, which has prompted one Sheffield business to pledge its support for Laptops for Kids.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:15 pm

TecSec Services Ltd, an IT and risk management specialist, has joined forces with the Laptops for Kids campaign to ensure children from all backgrounds are able to access the technology they need for online learning.

The campaign, which was launched by The Star, WANdisco and Learn Sheffield in September 2020, has been encouraging individuals and businesses to donate unused laptops.

Morton Bell, founder and director of TecSec, said: “Home schooling has highlighted the issue for thousands of young children who are falling behind with their education because they don’t have a device or cannot access the internet at home.

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Lucia and Martha who have received laptops through the campaign.
Lucia and Martha who have received laptops through the campaign.

“Laptops for Kids is a fantastic initiative that we are proud to be part of in helping to ensure that every child today - and into the future - has the opportunity to safe internet access to fulfil their education potential.

“And as a father I passionately believe in equal opportunity to education and as a team, TecSec can help provide contacts, expertise and solutions to support the charity’s mission to close the digital divide.”

David Richards, CEO of WANdisco and co-founder of Laptops for Kids, added: “We are incredibly grateful to our partners for their help in our work to address digital poverty.

“The pandemic has exposed the deep inequalities in society and with the world moving online, we need to make sure young people can access the opportunities they need to realise their dreams, whether schools are open or closed.”

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