Asda supports Peterhead Academy with laptops donation

Peterhead Academy has received a donation of 10 new laptops from the town’s Asda store.

By Kevin McRoberts
Friday, 26th March 2021, 6:20 am
Peterhead Academy was delighted to receive a donation of 10 laptops from Asda Peterhead.
Peterhead Academy was delighted to receive a donation of 10 laptops from Asda Peterhead.

Asda Peterhead Community Champion Zoe Scarisbrick arranged the surprise delivery of the laptops as part of the supermarket's initiative to provide over 7,000 laptops to schools across the UK to help children who don't have the technology to take part in home learning.

In January, the supermarket formed a partnership with technology provider Dell to invest over £2 million so that every Asda Store in the UK, including Asda Peterhead, could donate at least 10 laptops to a school in need in their local community.

The Asda Store on Longside Road nominated nearby school Peterhead Academy, and Zoe arranged delivery of the laptops, each with a tech bundle to support ongoing home learning activities.

Zoe said: "I've a really close relationship with Peterhead Academy and I know what a massive difference this donation is going to make to both the school and to the families who will receive these laptops.

"I'm pleased Asda can help to play a small part in helping to break down the digital barriers so children can continue with their education remotely both now and in the future.”

Depute Head Teacher Mrs Connor said it was a surprise to receive the laptops and thanked both Asda and Dell enough for choosing the school.

She said: “This donation will go a long way in helping children gain access to the technology and data packages that will help to break down digital barriers.”

Asda Launched this initiative to support schools in its communities that are struggling with digital exclusion. According to Ofcom, around nine of children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home.

Each laptop comes with a tech bundle that includes a headset and a mobile internet dongle with a data allowance of 20GB from Asda's network partner Vodafone. The dongle and data allowance has been funded by a separate £500,000 contribution from the retailer's charity arm, The Asda Foundation. Laptops also include a one-year warranty and technical support.

Schools manage the distribution to priority pupils, and Asda's in-house IT support team will provide support to help to set up the equipment.