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Tech4Kids final push to help beat digital poverty in H&F

The drive to wipe out digital poverty is gathering pace, with more local families linked up to the internet.

The Tech4Kids appeal has already seen 310 laptops and tablets donated – including one to a Fulham four-year-old who is now featured on posters publicising the campaign.

The aim is to connect 1,500 Hammersmith & Fulham children who live in poverty and have no access to a home computer. As well as donated hardware, more than £140,000 has already been raised towards a £159,000 fighting fund.

Established as a joint venture by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the UNITED in H&F charity and social enterprise Ready Tech Go, the aim is to ensure no schoolchildren are left behind because they lack computer devices or internet connection.

Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: “The damage this pandemic has caused our children will last long after we return to any sort of normality.

“Please support us and our schools in continuing to close this digital divide with a donation so all students can keep up with their learning, catch up on anything they have missed and be best prepared for any further consequences of this tragic pandemic.”

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West London social enterprise Ready Tech Go collects, wipes, and share old laptops and tablet PCs, while funds help towards buying sim cards and tech equipment, so children don’t struggle to do their homework on old mobile phones.

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Image caption: Image 2: Ready Tech Go also enable anyone who cannot access basic online services to get connected

One business that has already donated £5,000 to the fund is the White City-based Agilisys, the tech partner for the public sector.

Agilisys Director Robert Murphy said: “We recognise the many challenges faced by young people, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and are delighted to support the Tech4Kids crowdfunding initiative so pupils can participate in online lessons and not fall behind.

“As a business headquartered in H&F, and as a longstanding partner with the council, we’re proud to support this worthwhile endeavour.”

Visit the UNITED in H&F website to donate unused computer equipment, or give towards the appeal.

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