Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging constituents to donate their old technology to be refurbished and given to schools to assist children learning from home.
Michael Brooks and Cerid Grimshaw run ZenTec Network Solutions, an I.T. support company based in Dukinfield. During lockdown, they decided to appeal to other business owners to donate their old tech so that they could refurbish them and help children in need for their school work.
They made their first donations in December to a children’s home in Hazel Grove, Tameside East Foodbank, and St. Phillip’s & St. James’s food bank.
Since Christmas, they have started an appeal on social media and on Thursday Gwynne joined them as they made a donation to Ravensfield Primary School in Dukinfield, who needed more IT so that pupils without devices can learn from home during the current national lockdown.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“This crisis has highlighted so many inequalities in our society, including a digital divide which leaves some children unable to learn from home. Unfortunately, the Government has been far too slow in addressing this crisis.
“What Cerid, Michael and ZenTec have done is absolutely fantastic and will make such a difference to the children at Ravensfield and elsewhere.
“This is a brilliant initiative and I’d encourage all constituents who have a spare laptop or tablet to consider donating to this appeal.
“I’d also like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to ZenTec and to everyone who has already donated”
If you have old IT devices you no longer use and you want to donate it for them to refurbish and pass on to school children, then please contact them on: 0161 359 3986 / firstname.lastname@example.org