‘Incredible campaign’ to get laptops for Larne children

Larne community is being asked to rally round schoolchildren with donations of laptops to help with remote learning during the Covid pandemic lockdown.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 1:19 pm

Brighter Futures Fund, supported by Larne Football Club, has teamed up with The Rusa Foundation to launch the ‘Laptops for Larne’ appeal.

The appeal aims to provide children in the Larne area with new and used laptops or tablets to help with their education.

To date, 33 laptops and £1,000 cash have been donated.

Matthew Lusty highlighting the campaign to support schoolchildren.

The organisers say that the appeal will be a “great step in helping many children receive the best possible learning, build their

confidence and improve their mental health by providing a way of communicating virtually with their peers.

Ross Lazaroo-Hood, founder of The Rusa Foundation and trustee, said: “With so many disadvantaged children within the Larne community, the demand for technology assistance has never been higher especially during this pandemic.

“That is why the assistance of partners such as Brighter Futures in vital. We are so grateful to be partners in this incredible campaign for donations and support with laptops to help those in need.”

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Brighter Futures strategic advisor, said: “We know there are many families in Larne who are struggling to make ends meet and home schooling has added extra difficulties.

“It’s almost impossible for a family to share a phone in order to keep up with their education so we hope that the laptops and tablets we have donated as a result of this appeal will be of benefit to those who need easier access to online learning.”

The organisers say that although a number of laptops have already been sourced, they are asking the local community to check with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours or business connections if they have any used equipment that they no longer need; new devices or cash donations would also be very warmly received in order to help as many families as possible.

Devices should be brought to Larne Football Club at Inver Park.

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