Last chance to drop off your old laptop for a child who needs it

Images above: Peter Scott of Richmond Rugby Club dropping off reconditioned laptops to a school

For the past three weeks Chiswick councillors have been collecting laptops which are no longer needed, to be wiped and loaded with new software for children who need them.

The requirement for children to do their school lessons online has brought into sharp relief the lack of opportunity for those children who don’t have access to a computer. At a disadvantage before the pandemic, now they are completely denied an education without one. While the Government and the local councils have provided some, there are still hundreds of children who need them.

LB Hounslow is buying 750 new laptops and providing internet dongles to those who need them to give children access to the internet at home. They are constantly assessing the need for laptops. The Government has provided equipment on the basis of families who qualify for free school meals, but when there are several children in a family and parents are also trying to work from home, the actual need is far greater than that.

Cllr Ron Mushiso has been organising collections each Saturday morning for the past three weeks, as part of Richmond Rugby Club’s initiative to repurpose unwanted laptops. So far they have collected 222 devices in Chiswick.

The laptops/tablets are professionally wiped clean and reloaded with updated software thanks to Veritas Digital Services and then donated to local schools for distribution to children throughout our community.

This Saturday, 13 February between 10.00 and 12.00 will be your last chance to take your old laptop along to the the front of Christ Church on Turnham Green W4 5DT for collection.

If you don’t possess an old device but you would like to support the cause, then please follow this link to donate towards the costs of the processing.

atlasfrc.org/Appeal

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