Pop-up donation point this weekend for laptops for Ukrainian refugees  

Image above: Cllr Ron Mushisho (left) & Jack Emsley (right) at Rocks Lane Chiswick

Organisers of the ongoing local laptop donation drive to support Ukrainian refugees will be running a special pop-up donation point this Saturday (9 April) between 12.00pm and 4.00pm at Christ Church, Turnham Green.

Chiswick residents have already donated a large number of devices at the ongoing donation point at Rocks Lane Sports Centre. with this pop-up collection. People are encouraged to bring second-hand laptops, tablets, mobile phones or other tech devices which refugees can use to connect with family and friends, as well as their new community.

All devices donated at Rock Lane Sports Centre or the pop-up collection point at Christ Church 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.

The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to support Ukrainian refugees by local activists in Chiswick and Brentford alongside Laptops4Learning, the same team which organised over 500 second-hand laptops and other devices to be donated to schoolchildren across the borough the bridge the digital-divide during the Covid-19 pandemic. The collection in Chiswick is organised by Conservative local election candidates Ron Mushiso and Jack Emsley.

Generosity of Chiswick community ‘on full display’

Jack, who is standing for May’s council elections in Chiswick Homefields ward, said :

“Our donation drive to support Ukrainian refugees only began a fortnight ago, but we’ve already seen a huge number of residents and local businesses donate tech and second-hand laptops to our collection point at Rocks Lane,” said

“We’re excited to be able to offer a second pop-up donation point this Saturday at Christ Church between 12pm and 4pm to give residents another opportunity to support Ukrainian refugees who are settling here in South West London. I know that the generosity of the local community here in Chiswick will once again be on full display on Saturday as Chiswick residents continue to step-up to support refugees coming to the UK.”

Ron Mushiso, standing for re-election in Chiswick Gunnersbury ward said:

“Thanks to Laptops4Learning and the generosity of our local Chiswick community, we’ve already been able to help hundreds of students in Hounslow with spare tech, and now we’re well on our way to matching that generosity to support Ukrainian refugees coming to our borough,”

“A special thanks also to Christ Church, which has been a fantastic supporter of both donation drives, and is a real champion of good community initiatives like this. Saturday is a great opportunity for our amazing community to once again come together and support those most in need.”

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