Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

IT firm gets royal award for laptop scheme

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High sheriff Ashley Truluck with Kieran Thomas and Tim Benjamin, senior software engineer


An IT company from Westbury has received an award from the High Sheriff for its dedication to the community during lockdown.

The high sheriff of Wiltshire, Ashley Truluck, hand delivered his award to Kieran Thomas and his team at Priority IT for a laptop refurbishment scheme they started back in May.

The visit and presentation took place before lockdown.

Mr Truluck had already written to volunteers across Westbury thanking them for their ongoing service but made a special trip to the Priority IT office so he could hear first-hand about the schools and organisations that have been helped and to personally present them with their High Sheriff Community Award.

Kieran Thomas, managing director at Priority IT, welcomed Mr Truluck with a tour of their office while explaining the impact of the initial scheme, in which 150 laptops were donated, refurbished and gifted to students in lockdown.

This has led to a new non-profit organisation being set up, called the Wiltshire Digital Drive.

Mr Truluck said: “When I was sworn in as High Sheriff back in March, I advised my theme for the year will be One Community. I would shine a light on those who have volunteered their time and expertise to help, but who are not necessarily looking for recognition. Kieran and his team have gone above and beyond to make a difference, especially in this difficult time.

“I’m here to say two of the most powerful phrases in world to them. Thank you and well done.”

Kieran said: “We’re absolutely honoured to receive the award, we were really not expecting it. It was a real team effort to get the initial idea off the ground and this award just shows that all our hard work has made a difference across the county”.

The company has already received a personal thank you card from Sarah Rose Troughton, lord lieutenant of Wiltshire, for the work they have done.

High sheriff’s awards are designed to reward the volunteers, charities and community groups who devote their time and energy to improve the communities in which they live and work.

Pictured: High sheriff Ashley Truluck with Kieran Thomas and Tim Benjamin, senior software engineer