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Westbury business donates laptops to home schoolers

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A heart-warming initiative has been announced by Westbury based business, Priority IT this week as they begin to donate laptops to children and young people who are being home schooled.

Inspired by a tweet from careers adviser Catherine Young, Managing Director Kieran Thomas is asking for anyone willing to donate a laptop they no longer need or use to contact the company as soon as possible, and they will refurbish them and gift them to young people in the county.

Kieran said: ‘I’ve got children who are all having to use IT to keep learning. Their schools use a secure website for homework to be uploaded to and also to share timetables.  Having an IT expert for a dad means they’re fortunate enough to have laptops to work on so when I spoke to Catherine it got me thinking about how we could help children who aren’t as fortunate.’

Priority IT’s usual stock of laptops has been loaned to local businesses having to adapt and support staff who are now working from home, which meant they were unable to meet the request from Catherine who used Twitter to reach out to the business community for help.

Having a computer has become vital in the current COVID-19 crisis, but not everyone can afford to buy or borrow a machine so Priority IT staff, many of whom are currently furloughed, will be volunteering their time to securely wipe data, refurbish and replenish any donated machines.

Anyone wishing to contact the company to donate or request a laptop should email info@priorityit.co.uk

One Response to Westbury business donates laptops to home schoolers

  1. Gill Gray

    May 14, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I work for Wiltshire Parent Carer Council supporting families who have children with special needs, we are finding some of these children are struggling with paper school work and majority of our families are single parent, or parents with mental health, low income. These children haven’t got access to a laptop so unable to use any teaching apps. If this is something you would be able to support us with, could you contact us so we can discuss in more detail. We cover all of Wiltshire, I am a outreach worker for these families and our office is in Trowbridge, our organisation supports parent carers with children with special needs.
    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hear from you

    Kind Regards

    Gill Gray
    Outreach worker
    Wiltshire Parent Carer Council