Following the funding donation from Cambridgeshire Freemasons for over 120 Raspberry Pi computers during February, they have now stepped up their support of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Digital Drive initiative by donating over 40 laptops to the Cambridgeshire Youth Panel
This latest appeal is the second to be initiated by the Provincial Grand Master Bill Dastur this year. He challenged members to pass on any unused laptops so that they could be used by young people in the local community.
This part of the appeal is being coordinated by Cambridgeshire Freemason Clive Webber, a member of a lodge which meets in Ely. Clive has been collecting the laptops and arranging for them to be processed, so they can be used by young people with little or no access to technology.
Clive Webber said: 'It’s great to see the continued generosity of our members who are donating unused laptops to support the Digital Drive initiative. I am delighted by the speed of the response and after only 3 weeks the Cambridgeshire Freemasons have far exceeded my expectations. I am confident that our donations will make a difference to the education of young people in our community.'
Phil Priestly of the Cambs Youth Panel said: 'The on-going contributions of laptops and funding we have received from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons have defied generosity; we are quite overwhelmed. They have lifted our cashflow situation to a place where we can secure better economies of scale and we can be more agile about the opportunities that are available to provide technology. There is no doubt in my mind that the donations they have made will not only afford Raspberry Pi technology, but their money will also influence what we negotiate from so many other suppliers too – there is a great deal of empowerment in that. We are so grateful for the support and kindness that the Cambridgeshire Freemasons continue to provide.'
In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, more than 8000 children and young people do not have laptops or PCs to enable them to access lessons, online resources, receive support from their teachers or interact with their classmates. Digital Drive is working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, the Cambs Youth Panel, Cambridge Digital Partnership, and Cambridge 2030 to make sure that every child across our county can access their schoolwork at home. Donations can be made online at: http://gf.me/u/zfuj78