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of business leaders – one is to be understanding and supportive towards staff who are having to home school, and the other is that if they have any devices - laptops, tablets or iPads - that they can donate to a local school to pass on to a family that is struggling, that would be fantastic.” After watching the video of interview, Jon T orpe


from ACS on the Brackmills Industrial Estate con- tacted All T ings Business to say that ACS engi- neers would off er their time, free of charge, to wipe clean any donated device under fi ve or six years old so that it was ready for a child to use, clear of any data from the original owners. “We just wanted to help in any way we can,”


said Jon. “Why wouldn’t we? I’d heard things on the news, but I didn’t really appreciate the demand. Since then, we have seen people just turning up at ACS House, delivering product that we can give a second life to so that kids can learn. “Our engineers will wipe them clean in line with


data protection and then present them ready for a school to hand over to families that need them.” Among the businesses that have donated to the


cause are RVR Management in Northampton, BD Group in Blisworth and AMJ Construction in Long Buckby. Rotary e-Club District 1070 collected 21 devices to donate.


Devices have also been collected or dropped off by individuals, in-


cluding 19-year-old Aaron Howard from Wellingborough, Mr and Mrs Tite from Wootton, Ezmai Kelly Hills, aged 10, from Great Harrowden, and Susan Berryman from Wellingborough. As he received the fi rst of the cleaned devices to hand out to the families who desperately needed them, Matt Coleman said: “We are now in a place where we are joining up education and business and fi nding that local businesses want to do what they can to help local schools. T e response has been overwhelming.” Looking at how the lessons of lockdown and the pandemic could help not only in the short term, but have lasting consequences, Ben T omas said: “We called it #TechTogether because we felt that carried on the message from last year’s lockdowns about the strength of the local business community and the community in general about how we can work together to help each other. “Business owners who are parents themselves will know how


tough home schooling is. We’re not teachers, we’re just parents doing the best we can and it’s diffi cult enough even with the right resources. “And looking long term, this might set a precedent. So in future,


when businesses do need to replenish their stock of devices, rather than recycling the old ones, they might think about donating them to a school where they can be put to good use.”


If you have a device to donate, contact All Things Business on 01604 267677 or email news@allthingsbusiness.co.uk If you would like to donate money towards the cost of buying laptops, search #Techtogether for children’s learning on the Go Fund Me website.


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