Laptop appeal

Businesses and local residents are being asked to donate spare laptops to support young people in Hackney who do not have access to a computer at home.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many young people were able to keep up with online lessons and school work at home. However, around 4,000 pupils are believed to not have sufficient access to ICT facilities at home. 

Schools have been able to temporarily loan equipment and a government scheme provided about 1,500 laptops, which have been distributed via schools. Now we are asking businesses and residents to consider donating any spare or unwanted laptops to make sure no pupil goes without.

How to make a donation

If you have an unwanted or unneeded laptop that you are willing to donate so that a Hackney child can access online learning, please complete the laptop donation form, review the information below and donate today.

Donate a laptop

Minimum specification for donated latops

To ensure that children and young people receive a laptop that can best support them in their online learning we ask that donated laptops meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Windows 7 or above laptops or Chromebooks which are no older than 2008. No tablet devices, desktops, or Apple MacBooks – unfortunately, we can’t accept these at this time
  • must be in good physical order (no damage such as cracked screen, missing keys, broken USB ports or water damage, etc)
  • must include a working power supply / charger with the donation
  • wifi capability built-in
  • functioning webcam built-in
  • minimum of 2GB RAM
  • minimum of 16GB hard disk

After laptops are donated all data will be wiped from them to repurpose them for a child or young person to use.

Donors should ensure they have backed up any data they wish to keep, as we will not be able to retrieve it. We recommend donors delete their data before donating their laptop(s).

How children and young people will receive a laptop

Once donated laptops have been repurposed they will be distributed to Hackney schools who will be responsible for allocating them to children and young people in need.

This will happen throughout the 2020-2021 academic year as donated laptops become available.

Parents and carers should notify their child’s school if they need to access laptops or digital devices during disruption to learning as a result of coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns.

Where to donate laptops

After completing the donation form, donations of unwanted laptops can be made at the following location:

Financial donations

If you would like to help in another way we welcome financial donations to assist us in purchasing refurbished laptops for Hackney children and young people. For information on how to make a financial donation please complete the financial donation form.

Make a financial donation

Contact us

If you have any queries about donating or the appeal please contact us.

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Page updated on: 3 February 2021