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50 laptops to help students with online learning

Local students can continue their studies during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic after our charitable fund Guildford Philanthropy donated 50 laptops to Kings College, part of the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies).

The laptops have been supplied by Guildford IT company Unigold 2000, a Guildford Philanthropy Corporate Ambassador, to help students at the Southway secondary school join online lessons.

Within two days of discussing the need for extra laptops with the College and working with Guildford Philanthropy, we had liaised with Unigold 2000, to arrange the supply of 20 computers. This total was then increased to 50 and within seven days they were delivered to Kings students.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says: "It is fantastic that we could help Kings College in this way, and thanks to our networks we were able to make this happen really quickly. I hope that these 50 laptops are able to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on their studies.

"We are always here to help, but especially so at a time like this, when our community needs its council most. Unigold 2000's eagerness to help was invaluable in allowing us to work so quickly, and we thank them for their continued support of Guildford Philanthropy. I would encourage businesses in the borough to contact Guildford Philanthropy if they would like to become corporate ambassadors as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. We need more companies like Unigold to join us."

Principal of Kings College, Alastair McKenzie says: "This incredible donation of 50 laptops will help us to bridge the digital divide and support our students in their current learning at home. We are humbled and inspired by this support, which means our students can continue to make great academic progress and to access their fantastic teachers during lockdown."

Cllr Julia McShane, Ward Councillor for Westborough and Lead Councillor for Community says: "This is brilliant news for the students and their families. It's another example of our collaboration with Kings College, who we helped to install a new state-of-the-art 3G football pitch in 2019. The school also hosts our hugely-popular Fun in the School Holidays play scheme. The Park Barn Centre next door, also known as The Hive is a fantastic community hub and cafĂ© which has become a food delivery centre during the pandemic."

Peter Cluff, Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy says: "We are delighted to have been able to help so many local students. Guildford Philanthropy aims to transform lives through giving opportunity and tackling need in our Community, and this is a great example of how we can help young people to develop skills which will have lifelong benefits. I am proud that we also have such brilliant ambassadors as Unigold 2000. If any other local businesses would like to support or join us, please get in touch for more information."

Matt Gaskin, Managing Director of Unigold 2000 says: "We are proud to have helped to provide 50 laptops for these students. A massive thank you to Guildford Philanthropy for funding these systems and to our own support clients, including Celsus Group Ltd, the largest healthcare provider in the UK, for being able to provide 20 of them within 24 hours. We hope these systems help to educate and keep families and friends connected in these uncertain times." 

Established in 2014, Guildford Philanthropy encourages local giving to help less advantaged residents and families, and supports projects that deliver training opportunities, work experience, jobs and other benefits to local people who need help. For more information, visit https://guildfordphilanthropy.org.uk/.

IT consultant and software developer Unigold 2000 Ltd are based in Jacobs Well in Guildford. Founded in 1996, they were finalists at the 2019 Guildford Innovation Awards and have been corporate ambassadors for Guildford Philanthropy since September 2019.

Published Wednesday 20 January