On Friday 20th November, Managed IT Services provider, ITVET delivered the first batch of free refurbished laptops for schools to the Birchwood High School, in Bishop’s Stortford.
The laptops will be given to disadvantaged students who are required to study from home and do not have access to the correct equipment. The laptops will enable them to continue learning as easily as any other student, while promoting recycling and sustainability in tech.
Mr Charles Gilbank, Vice Principal, Birchwood High School, met the ITVET team to accept delivery alongside Katie Horwood, Chair of the Parent Council and Secretary of the PSFA.
Mr Gilbank spoke to ITVET about the impact this is going to have on their students:
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to ITVET, this will help us facilitate catch up for the months that have been lost and allow students to feel confident with their studies at school.
I think initially we were looking for immediate measures to get us through COVID-19 pandemic, but we soon realised just how many children did not have access to the right equipment at home. The 10 laptops that ITVET have provide us with will be invaluable to our children and the school.
We genuinely get a community feel from ITVET. They care about their local businesses and schools and are always doing their part – like the free WiFi they offer in the town centre”
Richard Fountain, Managing Director, said the response has been significant, and the scheme is here to stay:
“We know there are lots of businesses with laptops they no longer use. People believe that they are of no value but they are wrong. As an expert IT Services provider, we can easily breathe new life into laptops which would otherwise be scrapped.
We encourage businesses to get involved in the scheme. Since launching in our local area, we have had interest from 10 schools, requiring nearly 100 laptops between them. And that is just here, in the area around Bishops Stortford. We know that this is happening around the UK.
With the support of our suppliers and partners we hope to be able to extend the scheme to provide free refurbished laptops to schools throughout the UK, to help as many children as we can.”
ITVET will take care of refurbishing all laptops donated including wiping all existing data securely. To pledge a donation and start making a difference, please click here now.