Tech4Kids Appeal – can you help us reach our target?

Due to the pandemic, a lot of learning for school kids has gone online. However, more than 1500 kids in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham had been identified as not having access to a laptop. “We were shocked by how many children didn’t have a laptop, and were trying to do their homework on a phone,” said deputy headteacher Rosemarie Peters. Not having access makes it incredibly difficult for children to learn effectively.

“If people don’t have technology, they’ve lost out from the get-go, so it’s really important that everybody has access to technology. Hence, Tech4Kids!” said Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr PJ Murphy.

H&F Giving has partnered with Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Ready Tech Go to help bridge the digital divide by empowering some of the most disadvantaged in our borough with access to technology.

“Many local companies and residents have come forward to support our appeal,” says Savraj Kaur, Executive Director for H&F Giving, part of the team who are responsible for collecting funds. So far, local people, schools and businesses have given £38,757 towards the target (correct as of 24th May 2022).

Aissatou, a Year 5 student, said, “I feel happy to have a laptop because I had to use my mum’s phone screen earlier, which was tiny!” Erza, said life had been transformed as there was now no disputes over the single laptop at home. Access to laptops means children can access the internet, submit their homework online and enjoy more interactive learning through educational apps and games.

H&F Giving and Hammersmith and Fulham Council continue to ask for support for the Tech4Kids appeal so that we can reach our goal and make an even greater impact.

We ask you to give whatever you can, all support is greatly appreciated. Here’s how you can help:

  • £159 can provide a vital laptop with child safeguarding software
  • £20 can get an essential data sim card for internet access