Digital Drive donates 100 laptops for Wisbech pupils
One hundred reconditioned laptops will be delivered by the Cambridgeshire Youth Panel to schools in Wisbech this week thanks to donations totalling £15,000.
The Elizabeth Wright Charity and the National Education Union have given the cash to purchase the laptops, which have a market value of around £25,000 and are being provided by Veritas Digital Services as a non-profit contribution to the Digital Drive Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Iain Mason, chairman of the Elizabeth Wright Charity said: "The Cambs Youth Panel, led by one of its student volunteers, Molly, presented a very compelling case around the desperate need for digital access for children in Wisbech, and this impressive presentation secured the donation of £15,000. The Elizabeth Wright Charity is able to provide grants for educational purposes and the relief of poverty and is thrilled to be able to support this exciting project. It is inspiring to see young people like Molly using their spare time to help other young people who are in a less fortunate position than they are."
The Digital Drive Cambridgeshire and Peterborough campaign was launched by Cambridge 2030, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, the Cambs Youth Panel and Cambridge Digital Partnership, and Cambridgeshire Culture Foundation, on February 6, to secure laptop donations and raise funds to help the estimated 8,000 children across the county who do not currently have digital access at home.
Phil Priestley of Cambs Youth Panel said: “The Digital Drive has made a terrific start and delivering 100 computers to Wisbech is an immediate and very meaningful sign of how we quickly convert donations, cooperation and good will into progress and success. We will continue to work effectively with local charities to combine our resources and attack digital inequality. We are demonstrating that we can solve this problem collectively."
If you want to get involved with Digital Drive Cambridgeshire and Peterborough you can donate unused laptops at your local library where you’ll find a drop-off box just inside the entrance.
All donated laptops will be collected and delivered to the Cambs Youth Panel which will remove and destroy all hard drives (and data) and refurbish themso that they are in good working order before they are given to schools across the county for distribution to the children and young people who need them.
You can also make a financial donation through either: Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council’s joint Go Fund Me page gf.me/f/cambridgeshire-laptops-for-children or Cambs Youth Panel’s Go Fund Me page gf.me/u/zfuj78.
Purchase and donate an item or items from the Cambs Youth Panel’s Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3FCVZUSB9TZVC?ref_=wl_share.