Group says big 'thank you' as community gets behind appeal

The Hummingbird Hubs have praised the 'amazing' community for getting behind its appeal for digital devices to help local schoolchildren - and it's not stopping just yet!

The Glossop-based group put a call out last month for help to provide laptops and tablets for youngsters at local schools that don't have access to online learning at home, amid the current national lockdown. 

Such is the kind-hearted spirit and generosity that exists in Glossopdale, the response - unsurprisingly - has been brilliant. 

More than £1,000 has been raised via a JustGiving page in less than three weeks, while a number of devices have also been kindly donated. 

Local resident Jo Gregory, who runs the group, told the Chronicle on Tuesday (2 February) that it has enabled a total of 59 devices - 27 laptops and 32 tablets - to be donated so far to local schools St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy, St James' CE Primary School in Whitfield, Hollingworth Primary School, Longdendale High School, Glossopdale School and Padfield Primary School. 

Jo delivering devices to Padfield Community Primary School

Other schools have also got in touch with Jo to see if they can be supported by the appeal too.

She wants to say a big 'thank you' for everyone's support and is keen for the appeal to keep going for as long as it can. 

Jo told us: "The local community has been amazing! We have had laptops and tablets donated by people and businesses from all across the local area. We have handed over 59 devices to local primary and secondary schools so far, so a big thank you to everyone involved!

"We would also like to say thank you to Alex at Leaford Computers and Joe at Quinn Computers as between them they have upgraded, wiped and repaired around 30 devices.

"We are continuing our appeal so if you are a school in need, or would like to donate, please get in touch!" 

Staff member Sarah Shaw with some of the devices given to Longdendale High School 

Deputy Headteacher Mike Kays with some of the devices donated to St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy

Amy and Lev at Billy's Plaice in Hadfield, who donated a device to the appeal

How to get involved in the appeal 

The fastest and safest way to help is by raising funds to buy new devices. 

You can donate to the appeal via this JustGiving page:

Whilst the group's primary aim is to buy new devices, it would also like to hear from anyone who has a device they might like to donate. 

If you can help, get in touch with Jo by emailing or calling 07748 067169. 

Some of the devices that The Hummingbird Hubs have purchased from the crowdfunding money donated by the community

What is The Hummingbird Hubs?

Hummingbird Hubs is a relatively new group, designed to respond to the refugee crisis and also to support people in the UK affected by poverty, homelessness and austerity.

The Hubs support existing organisations by fundraising, events and the sale of crafts, plus one-off collections for specific needs.

Visit the group's new website to find out more. 

Main image:

Pupils and Assistant Principal Sue Gilbert with some of the devices donated to Glossopdale School. 

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