A Westbury-based IT firm is calling for unwanted laptops which it can refurbish and as donate to children and teens who are being homeschooled.
Laptops have become a vital tool for young people as learning moves online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Priority IT's campaign was inspired by a tweeted appeal from careers advisor Catherine Young. Priority IT’s usual stock of laptops has been loaned to local businesses having to adapt and support staff who are now working from home, which meant they were initially unable to meet the request. The idea of recycling laptops was born.
Priority IT staff, many of whom are currently furloughed, have volunteered their time to securely wipe data, refurbish and replenish any donated machines.
"I’ve got children who are all having to use IT to keep learning," said managing director Kieran Thomas.
"Their schools use a secure website for homework to be uploaded to and also to share timetables. Having an IT expert for a dad means my children are fortunate enough to have laptops to work on, so when I spoke to Catherine it got me thinking about how we could help children who aren’t as fortunate.
"Having a computer has become vital during the current crisis, but not everyone can afford to buy or borrow a machine. Anyone who has a laptop they no longer need can donate it to us, and after wiping and refurbishing it we'll pass it on to local children."