Hull-based food producer, Cranswick plc, has donated over 1,150 brand new laptops to primary aged school children in East Hull to help ensure that all learners in this age group have access to a laptop at home.
Cranswick has been working with Karl Turner, MP and Hull City Council to determine the number of children who are currently without access to a laptop for learning requirements, and data provided to Hull City Council from the Academy Trusts across the city reported that around a third of pupils over the age of seven fall into this category.
“When we heard about the significant shortfall in the number of laptops available for local children, we wanted to help,” said Adam Couch, Chief Executive Officer at Cranswick plc. “Education is vital to ensuring the growth and development of the next generation and it is proven that learning in the early years can dramatically shape the progress of a child. As one of the city’s largest employers it is imperative that we support families in the area ensuring they have access to these devices. We have worked with Hull City Council to understand where a provision could make the most impact and make a real difference to combat the digital divide.
“This will help to have a positive immediate impact for the children and families of those who will benefit from the laptops, and this need continues as children return to school”.
Karl Turner, Member of Parliament for East Hull, commented on the donation: “Throughout this pandemic we have seen, time and again, the people of Hull step up to look out for those in need. Where the Government has failed, our community has pulled together and provided. Together, Cranswick plc, myself and Hull City Council have made sure that the next generation in East Hull does not lose out and that no child is left behind.”
Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children, expressed his gratitude towards Cranswick for its donation: ” It will mean that a significant number of children who are currently without a laptop will now have access to one. I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage any other businesses that are able to, to help us further bridge the digital divide.”
And Miss Brummitt, executive headteacher at Gillshill & Cavendish Primary Schools, said the laptops will be an essential learning tool for many pupils in East Hull, who do not have access to devices which are used more and more in schools: “They won’t just be used learning from home but in the classroom too, as technology plays an ever growing part in our day to day learning environment. I want to pass on my heartfelt thanks to Karl, Cranswick and Hull City Council for all the work they have done to secure these devices.”