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Computers donated to local charities

TechVertu has now donated all available IT equipment to local causes around Essex. Remember that the business was asking for local charities and meritable causes to apply for their chance to get some free used computers, all in working condition.

A total of 11 institutions and charities have now received almost four dozens of second-hand laptop and desktop computers, donated by the IT & Digital Marketing agency based in Grays.

“We received several requests, many more than we were initially expecting. Unfortunately, we couldn’t help everyone, but we’ve tried our best to fulfil the needs of as many institutions as possible”, explains Hadi Marashy, TechVertu’s Managing Director.

The institutions which received the donated IT equipment were spread across Grays, Basildon, Tilbury, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea and Saffron Walden. TechVertu’s team tried to visit as many institutions as possible to personally deliver the computers. “It was a very rewarding experience as we could see, first-hand, what type of difference our donations are going to make”, Hadi Marashy says.

The IT & Marketing company, part of the John F Hunt Group, is expecting to have more used equipment available soon and is planning to carry out other similar campaign before summer.

Meet the institutions:

  • Thurrock’s TNF team – Talking Newspaper Federation – sends out local news mp3 files on USB sticks to blind and partially sighted residents of Thurrock each week.
  • Support 4 Sight assists people with sight loss, their carers and families. Expert staff and trained volunteers help people coming to terms with losing their sight and to cope long term with the social, emotional and practical issues that they face living with sight loss.
  • The Thurrock group of Deadblind UK supports people with dual sensory loss, helping them to live the lives they want as independently as possible. Our donations will allow those amazing professionals to visit more isolated members throughout Essex and help with their digital inclusion.
  • Some of our tech donations are now here – at St Helena Hospice, in Chelmsford. This institution helps local people face incurable illness and bereavements, supporting them and their families, friends and carers!
  • Signpost Greenstead in Chelmsford offers a wide range of services, empowering people to move into sustainable employment, education and training opportunities. And therefore, it massively relies on IT equipment, which people can access free of charge.
  • Bright Lives is an organisation that supports people with additional learning needs and helps educate them to learn how to live independently into society. We’ve donated some of our computers to their development centre in Colchester so they can carry out this fantastic work.
  • Stepping Stones Play & Learn Group is an integrated nursery for mainstream children and children with additional needs. They have a tots group for babies with special needs, and an integrated nursery to give both mainstream children and children with additional needs the chance to play and learn together.
  • The Citizens Advice Tendring in Chelmsford provides free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives. Many of their PC’s have certainly seen better days, and replacing them with the equipment donated by TechVertu should allow this team of volunteers to give a more efficient service to the local residents.
  • Happy faces after our visit to St Luke’s Hospice, in Basildon, to donate IT equipment for both their staff and electrical shop. A special Thank You to Mark Crane, the organisation’s Information Technology Officer, for such kind words: “As a charity, St. Luke’s Hospice relies on generous donations, and gifting IT equipment is incredibly helpful. It’s important our staff are equipped with the right tools to do their jobs effectively, which includes things like working computers, so we’re hugely grateful to TechVertu for donating their equipment to us.”

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