Local businesses have been rallying round to provide laptops and online learning equipment for local pupils.
Since lockdown and with schools only open for the children of key workers, students have had to learn at home, but many have been without vital kit with schools appealing for help to assist more pupils.
As previously reported, Dukinfield-based ZenTec Network Solutions have been busy refurbishing computers and iPads for children locally and wider afield.
Mike Brooks and Cerid Grimshaw at the business delivered their first refurbished laptops to Ravensfield Primary in Dukinfield.
This was followed up by a delivery to Buckton Vale Primary last Thursday, with the school receiving 14 devices, with a further six devices going to St Anne’s Primary School in Denton.
Phoebe from Buckton Vale Primary School using one of the laptops. Credit: Nigel Wood.
The business has also delivered laptops to help children at Stanley Road Primary in Chadderton and Alexandra Park Junior School in Glodwick, and to a school as far afield as Ormskirk.
Cerid added: “There are pockets of deprivation around Tameside and all around the North West and we take it for granted because we work with IT every day and business people every day who have all the computer equipment they need.
“Everyone just assumes you can have this technology and that people can have wi-fi and broadband when they can’t.
“So these people get forgotten about because for them what’s more important is paying the bills and having food - technology has to come second to that, so if we can help we will do all that we can.”
Cerid Grimshaw and Mike Brooks from Dukinfield-based ZenTec Network Solutions. Credit: Nigel Wood.
With the duo busy refurbishing and upgrading all of the devices in their own time - and at their own cost - they have set up a GoFundMe page to raise £10,000 for all the parts required to refurbish the tech.
The old devices are fitted with new, faster hard drives, new batteries and screens if necessary - and they have already spent literally thousands of their own money to buy vital items for the computers.
Anyone that has any technology to donate can do so by emailing donations@ZenTecNS.co.uk
You can also donate to the GoFundMe page set up by the company with the funds being used to purchase laptop screens, memory, carry cases, batteries and chargers. and some new devices. You can find the page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-children-learn-from-home?
Meanwhile, On The Move Property Boutique’s Computers for School Kids Appeal has truly captured the community’s imagination.
Annabelle delivering laptops to St Paul's Catholic Primary School in Hyde
As we reported last week, the Gee Cross-based business had launched the campaign to raise funds to buy much needed laptops for children learning at home without online tech.
Director and owner Annabelle Jardine-Jones set up a Just Giving page with the initial aim of raising £1,000 to buy the laptops.
But this week she set her sights on raising £3,000 as the appeal quickly soared past the £2,500 mark.
Annabelle taking laptops to pupils at Gee Cross Holy Trinity Primary in Hyde
The generous donations mean Annabelle and her team have been able to visit numerous local schools with laptop donations - and any schools that would like more, in and around the Hyde area, are encouraged to get in touch.
You can find out more about the appeal at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/onthemove-computersforkidsappeal? or visit the company’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/onthemovepropertyboutique
BOOST: Mike Brooks and Cerid Grimshaw deliver laptops to Buckton Vale Primary, gratefully received by head teacher Deborah Brown and pupils Henry and Phoebe. Credit: Nigel Wood.