Laptop drive for Ukraine appeal

Image above: Cllr Ron Mushisho, Seb Wallace, Zoe Nixon & Jack Emsley

Chiswick councillor Ron Mushiso has announced he is relaunching a local donation drive for second hand laptops and other technology to support Ukrainian refugees.

Local community activists Jack Emsley, Zoe Nixon and Seb Wallace are also involved in the laptop drive, and are asking residents to drop-off second-hand laptops to Rocks Lane Sports Centre (W4 1RZ). A donation point will be open between 9.00am and 9.00pm Monday to Friday, and between 9.00am to 6.00pm on weekends.

The initiative comes almost exactly a year on from the previous laptop donations drive, which saw more than 500 second-hand laptops and other devices donated in Chiswick and Brentford to help schoolchildren across the borough overcome the ‘digital divide’ during the pandemic. The team behind the original scheme is again working with Veritas Digital so Ukrainian refugees can connect with their family and friends, as well as their new community in London.

“It’s great to team up with Laptops4Learning again to help support those escaping the violence in Ukraine,” said Councillor Ron Mushiso.

“I was so glad that our initiative was able to help so many schoolchildren here in the borough, and I know that our community can step up once again to help support Ukrainian refugees with their unwanted laptops and digital devices.”

The relaunch is being supported by local businesswoman Zoe Nixon, Chiswick-based tech entrepreneur Seb Wallace and Jack Emsley, a former Brentford Mutual Aid and Lapops4Learning organiser.

All devices donated at Rock Lane Sports Centre will be professionally wiped clean and reloaded with updated software thanks to Veritas Digital Services before being donated to community groups supporting Ukrainian refugees or, in certain local cases, donated directly to refugees who are in Chiswick as part of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

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