Sheffield businesses urged to make a difference with Laptops for Kids campaign

The Star’s Laptops for Kids campaign - in conjunction with WANdisco and LearnSheffield - has prompted many Sheffield firms to get involved.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 4:04 pm

Companies, big and small, have pledged to donate old computers that have been sat at the back of the office.

These will be given to the city’s disadvantaged young people, free of charge, enabling them to do the schoolwork they couldn’t do without a computer.

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The campaign will help provide free computers to young people, many of whom currently have no access at home.

Nancy Fielder, editor of The Star, said: "It has been heartwarming to see so many companies get in touch to find out more information about how they can get involved with the Laptop for Kids campaign.

"Many have expressed their disappointment that such a campaign has to exist but recognise the huge need for it. They are very keen to do their bit to ensure all children can continue their education even when not in school.

"At the minute, we are only able to accept donations of old computers from businesses or large organisations rather than individuals but we are very grateful to everybody who is helping to spread the word."

David Richards, founder and CEO of WANdisco, added: "We are encouraged by the early responses and look forward to caring companies in Sheffield supporting our campaign to close the digital divide.

Laptops for Kids campaign. David Richards of WANdisco with Coun Abtisam Mohamed Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

“With COVID-19 infections on the rise, it's more important than ever that we pull together as a community and help the most needy. If you have spare laptops, get in touch now."

Devices will be received by David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, a foundation set up by a husband and wife team aimed to educate, empower and improve the lives of children.

This will enable donor companies and organisations to claim tax reliefs.

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