They look like they’ve just come back from a music festival! A group of engineers threw themselves into a giant mud bath to raise £3,000 to buy laptops for young people.
It was all part of the Tech4Kids project – a drive by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in partnership with local headteachers, the charity UNITED in H&F and social enterprise Ready Tech Go – to make sure no local young person misses out on the chance to learn.
Engineers from Smart Managed Solutions (who have been working on the new building at 245 Hammersmith Road) persuaded colleagues to sponsor them as they were immersed in muddy water on the Nuclear Races obstacle course.
Led by Trisha Baker, they raised £3,000, including gift aid, to buy new Chromebooks, complete with e-learning tools, for children in digital poverty.
“It was a real challenge, but we are thrilled at the result,” said Trisha. “It helped us stay active, and we really wanted to raise awareness and funds for all those young learners who need the extra support.”
So far, three local businesses and 55 local people have so far donated vital cash. Now, we’re calling on more people to give so more young people can get the equipment they deserve.
£159 gets a laptop to a young person in time for the next school term.
Backed by the Mayor
Hammersmith & Fulham’s Mayor, Cllr PJ Murphy, has named the community-led appeal as one of his official charities of the year.
As children head back to school, the Tech4Kids partnership appeal continues to collect money, and recycled devices. The aim is that 1,500 young people will get tech they need to study.
You can learn more or make a donation on the UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham website.
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