Laptops for Kids: Help support young people in Sheffield

19th January 2021

4,500 secondary school children in Sheffield do not have access to a computer to carry out their schoolwork. These children are in danger of significantly falling behind in their education.

The digital divide is real, and it is impacting our city. But it does not have to be this way and Sheffield Chamber is calling for more businesses in Sheffield to help to close this divide. 

In 2020 The Star and WANdisco launched the Laptops for Kids campaign. Which takes old laptops and re-purposes them for distribution to disadvantaged young people in our city. 

Matt Jackson, President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: 

“It is fantastic to see the generosity of so many businesses who have already donated equipment to this campaign. 

“But more is still needed. There are children in our city with no way of accessing the internet and educational resources to further their education.  

“I encourage any business, who has not already donated, to please consider what equipment they have and join the cause. Devices you donate will make a difference to a young person’s life.”  

Donations can be laptops, tablets, desktops and chargers. All devices will be securely erased of data by students at the WANdisco Data Academy at The Sheffield City College. 

To donate, please email For more information on the campaign visit 

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