19 January 2021
After hearing a recent advert (the benefits of working from home and not in a shared office!) on a local BBC radio station asking for laptop donations for students for online learning, our MD Stuart Pledge wanted to help.
Linden Academy in Luton, who are part of The Shared Learning Trust placed their advert that caught our attention. They have a large number of pupils without access to a home computer and are part of the nationwide Business To Schools initiative.
Kerry Ward, Deputy Head Teacher said “our staff and pupils are very grateful to MNP’s response to our post asking for support. These new chromebooks will enable a large number of our students and families to access the online learning currently being delivered. Without this donation, for some of our students, their learning experience would not have been as positive or as rewarding as their peers during this pandemic. Thank you MNP”
As lead sponsor of Hitchin Rugby club, MNP normally supports its mini & youth tours with additional funding, to help those who wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to travel get a place on the bus. In this pandemic the tours sadly aren’t happening, so to be able to help those less fortunate with a new laptop seemed an ideal way to continue to support the community.
With more and more children needing access to online learning, we also plan to recycle any employee laptops that are in need of replacements, to give to this cause, which is not only good for the environment but is a way to sustainably recycle unwanted technology.
Schools have missed out on Summer Fairs and Winter Fetes so fundraising in schools has been hit the hardest this year. We encourage more businesses to get involved and either contact Business To Schools or pick up the phone to your local school and have a conversation.