Charity first beneficiary of Swindon MP's laptop scheme

By Barrie Hudson - 4 June 2021

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Swindon MS & Neuro Therapy Centre has become the first charity to benefit from South Swindon MP Robert Buckland’s Local Laptop Scheme.

  • From left: South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, Charie from SP Computers and Beth Gardner, CEO of Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis  

    From left: South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, Charie from SP Computers and Beth Gardner, CEO of Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis  

Mr Buckland originally began the scheme for school pupils back in January, in addition to supporting Swindon schools to ensure that they were able to take advantage of the Government’s “Get Help With Technology Scheme.”

Residents and local companies have been donating unused or unwanted devices to local businesses, SP Computers and Excalibur Communications. 

The teams at both firms have been refurbishing these devices and getting them ready for use.

Four laptops, which were refurbished by SP Computers were donated to Therapy Centre CEO Beth Gardner, who said: “The laptops will replace old failing equipment and make such a difference to us. 

"Thank you so much to everyone involved in making this happen.”

The green scheme has seen pupils from many schools across the town benefit from donated devices and helped to reduce landfill.

After being contacted by several local charities who were also in need of laptops and devices, Mr Buckland decided to extend the successful scheme.

SP Computers owner Shane Perrin said: “We would like to say a big thank you for being part of this scheme.

“SP Computers has been in business for 20 years, looking after local businesses and residential customers.

“This has been a nice way for us to meet new people and organisations and giving something back to the community.”

Mr Buckland said: "I am extremely proud of this successful scheme, which has been extended to benefit local charities as well as school pupils here in the town.

“I am very grateful to all of those local residents and businesses who have donated devices; not to mention the brilliant teams at Excalibur and SP Computers who have stepped up at such a difficult time, and repaired hundreds of devices.

“I am calling for residents and businesses here in Swindon who have unwanted or unused devices to get in touch so that these can be put to good use.

“I am also calling for local charities to get in touch if they could benefit from a refurbished device.”

Would-be donors and representatives of charities and other organisations who wish to be added to the waiting list for a device are asked to email robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk

 

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