UKSE Backs Tees ‘Digital Poverty’ Campaign.
UKSE has donated £2,500 from its Community Support Fund to help disadvantaged children on Teesside with the vital tech they need for home schooling.
By the end of January The Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s ‘digital poverty’ campaign had already raised more than £53,O00.
Generous Teesside businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs stepped forward to help provide the vital laptops, iPads, Chromebooks and internet connectivity needed to ensure the children were not further disadvantaged by Covid.
Donations came from businesses of all sizes including PD Ports, AV Dawson, North Star Housing, Wilton Centre and Sealpump Engineering as well as tech entrepreneur Dean Benson. Andy Preston, Middlesbrough’s Mayor and Tees Business magazine called for the area’s businesses to support the campaign.
Sarah Thorpe of UKSE said: “We are only too happy to support this campaign as it is vital to help safeguard our children’s future. Children whose home schooling is affected by the lack of tech could be even further disadvantaged by Covid and just £250 can provide a refurbished Chromebook that will make a huge difference.
“These children are the future entrepreneurs and workforce that we need in our region. Knowing the Tees business community as we do, I am not surprised that they have come forward to help so generously, despite the difficulties they are facing themselves.”