March 9, 2021
Schoolâ€™s back with new computers from the Harrison Foundation
9th March 2021
School children in Northumberland have returned to the classroom this week with new computer equipment following a donation from the Harrison Foundation.
A dozen new laptop computers were delivered to the Duchessâ€™s Community High School (DCHS) in Alnwick in time for the return of pupils on Monday.
This week marked the end of over two months of lockdown home learning for school children across England.
Since January the Harrison Foundation and its partner, Newcastle-based financial technology business, True Potential, have worked together to purchase dozens of new laptop computers.
They have been supplied to families and schools in greatest need across the North East.
The Harrison Foundation and True Potential recognised early that there was a growing digital divide that would hold many young people back from being able to learn whilst out of the classroom.
But the digital divide is not limited to home learning and both the Harrison Foundation and True Potential have continued their support by donating IT equipment directly to schools to enable more children to learn online.
Harrison Foundation trustee and Chief Executive at True Potential, Daniel Harrison, said:
â€œAs a parent myself, I know there is a lot of relief that schools are back. Trying to do a job and teach children at the same time has been very difficult on top of the extra obstacle of having sufficient computers so children can learn and work.
â€œThatâ€™s why we moved quickly in January to purchase new laptops to help families out who were struggling. Just because schools are back now, doesnâ€™t mean the digital divide has disappeared. I think itâ€™s important that businesses do what they can to support their local communities and schools so Iâ€™m pleased we can continue to play a part in that.â€
James Wilson and Alan Rogers, DCHS co-heads, said: â€œWe feel very lucky to have been in receipt of such a generous community response during this crisis.
“This and other kind donations allow us to best support children in accessing online learning during lockdown and then during the recovery curriculum in the months ahead.â€
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan added: â€œThis is a generous contribution from a very community minded business whose actions have benefited many local causes needing support.
“I know that this excellent high school will value them and use them fittingly. Not only did this support remote learning but it will be of great benefit to local school pupils beyond this lockdown.â€
The Harrison Foundation and True Potential donated over Â£350,000 in 2020 to help manage the effects of COVID-19. Beneficiaries of the donations included hospices, care providers, homelessness organisations, youth services, health and well-being charities as well as schools.