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Unwanted laptops brought back to life

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VOLUNTEERS from across the county who helped collect, refurbish and distribute unwanted laptops back out to local communities during lockdown have been thanked at a special event. 

Westbury-based Wiltshire Digital Drive has been helping people get online since October 2020 and more than 850 unloved devices have been handed back out to school children, families and local community groups to date.  

The Community Interest Company (CIC), based on the Hawke Ridge Business Park, has recognised that none of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the volunteers who gave up their time during the pandemic to help.  

Natalie Sherman, co-director of Wiltshire Digital Drive, said, “When we put out the appeal for unwanted laptops and tablets, we never thought we would get the response we did. With more than 2,500 devices donated so far, it’s been a mammoth task and we couldn’t have done this without the support of the community, our friends, family and volunteers. 

“The funding we’ve received from The National Lottery Community Fund has also been amazing. We were granted £24,500 which is more than we ever thought we would get and it’s really going to help us continue our work and make the CIC sustainable.”