Local business donates a laptop a month to students in need


Tim Chamberlain of Thomas Bartram Ltd donated 12 new laptops to MK Community Foundation this year, as part of their Laptops for Students scheme.

MK Community Foundation are working in partnership with It’s What’s Next IT, to refurbish donated old, used, or surplus laptops to distribute to students under the age of 18 living in Milton Keynes. 

The scheme, launched in March 2021, encourages businesses and local people to get involved by donating their devices so they can be put to better use, ensuring a brighter future for many young people in the community.

Tim said, “I feel very privileged to be able to support the work of the MK Community Foundation by helping the local community with home schooling, particularly in these trying times. If all local businesses were in a position to donate a laptop, just imagine what a difference it could make.”

MK Community Foundation discovered through their latest Vital Signs research that some areas of Milton Keynes show child poverty rates as high as 31%. On top of this, wages have dropped at a much larger rate in Milton Keynes than in the rest of the nation, making it harder for working families to make ends meet.

Kay Smith, Philanthropy Manager at MK Community Foundation, said The Laptops for Students MK programme will give young people access to essential IT resources, not just during lock down but when ever they require it. Supporting them through their education and employment preparation journey.”

If you would like to find out more about the scheme, or to donate a laptop, please contact giving@mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk