A Crewe and Nantwich campaign has smashed through the organisers target of providing 100 devices to schoolchildren in the local community, to be used for home learning.
The campaign was established when local Councillors found a void in the Government’s rollout of home learning and a policy change, meaning children would be forced to attend schools in person, despite closures from Government due to high COVID-19 transmissions.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the Crewe and Nantwich public as well as the hard work of dedicated volunteers, the group has delivered 85 devices to 7 schools across the two towns and has a further 24 to be passed to schools in the coming days, taking the total devices handed out at 109.
Councillor Anthony Critchley, who represents Crewe Central said:
With schools re-opening to all children in the coming weeks, it does seem as though the donations are naturally slowing down. However, to have succeeded in reaching our target is something I am proud of. I’m glad that we could do our bit for some children in our community. It was only possible to do this, because of the volunteers; from the IT people to those who ferried devices to and from donors, to the donors themselves. Thank you to each one of you.
Together, we have ensured that children in our area can not only continue learning but vitally, stay in contact with their friends, who otherwise would not be able to. I would also like to promote the connectivity campaign established to help provisions of connectivity to children in the area. Initiated by local media outlets, Crewe and Chester Chronicle, they have a GoFundMe page set up to donate and find more information.
Local business played a big part, with donations from Applewood Independent in Nantwich; Travel Visa Company based near to Crewe Hall, to SG World, a Crewe based printers who also designed a flyer that was used to promote the campaign.
Other local groups such as Crewe based Social Supermarket ‘Chance’, aswell as Crewe and Nantwich Camera Club donated devices which were re-furbished by Nic Bunting of Nantwich Computer Consultant and Paul Clarke, IT technician at St Thomas More Catholic High School on Dane Bank Avenue in Crewe.
Despite the re-opening of schools and the target being reached, Donations are still being taken. The ‘Lockdown laptops for home learning in Crewe & Nantwich’ Facebook page can be found here, with information on how to get involved: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224103675938547
The Gofundme page for the Cash for connectivity page is here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cheshire-cash-4-connectivity