A Fulham pub is helping the council’s effort to provide recycled laptops to children who need them.
Used, quality devices can be left at The Rylston pub, and the Ready Tech Go team will give them a Tech4Kids makeover as part of a drive supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to boost access to computers.
The pub in Lillie Road, overlooking Normand Park, has been acting as a collection point after manager Jonathan Woollard met Nikos Souslous and Kanwar Singh – both from the BAME-led social enterprise Ready Tech Go – through working with The Smile Brigade, which organised weekly free meals with live music at the nearby Clem Attlee community hall.
“So many people fall through the gaps,” said Jonathan, who passes on donated laptops and tablets to the appeal which is aiming to provide 1,500 local children from disadvantaged families with devices to catch up on their schoolwork.
“It’s great that we have the ability to get them to people who need them. Donating devices that people would otherwise throw away is so simple! The Tech4Kids appeal is doing a great job at getting tech to the people who need it.”
Savraj Kaur, executive director at UNITED, who also co-founded Ready Tech Go, said: “This appeal comes at a critical time for local young people who risk being left behind without access to digital skills and resources.
“We believe tech is a right, not a privilege, and appreciate any contribution of cash or used devices to help us reach our goal and change more young lives for the better.”
You can drop off spare devices - laptops or tablet PCs in any state, complete with charger. Just attach your name, email and ‘Tech4Kids’ with them, and drop off at The Rylston pub, 197 Lillie Road SW6.
If you’re a company with more than five devices to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection.
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