Laptop Donation Drive for Ukraine Continues

Local councillor leads efforts to collect tech for refurbishment

Cllr Ron Mushiso with Seb Wallace, Zoe Nixon and Jack Emsley

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Local councillor Ron Mushiso has announced he will be relaunching a local donation drive for second hand laptops and other technology to support Ukrainian refugees.

Residents are being asked to drop-off second-hand laptops to Rocks Lane Sports Centre (W4 1RZ), where a donation point will be open between 9am and 9pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am to 6pm on weekends.

The initiative comes almost exactly a year on from the previous laptop donations drive, which saw over 500 second-hand laptops and other devices donated in Chiswick and Brentford to help schoolchildren across the borough overcome the digital divide during the pandemic. The team behind the original scheme is again working with Veritas Digital Services to turn donated technology into a social good to support refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and help them to connect with family and friends, as well as their new community in London.

“It’s great to team up with Laptops4Learning again to help support those escaping the violence in Ukraine,” said Councillor Ron Mushiso. “I was so glad that our initiative was able to help so many schoolchildren here in the borough, and I know that our community can step up once again to help support Ukrainian refugees with their unwanted laptops and digital devices.”

The relaunch is being supported by local businesswoman Zoe Nixon, Chiswick-based tech entrepreneur Seb Wallace and Jack Emsley, a former Brentford Mutual Aid and Lapops4Learning organiser. They are all contesting seats for the Conservatives in the elections this May.

All devices donated at Rock Lane Sports Centre will be professionally wiped clean and reloaded with updated software thanks to Veritas Digital Services before being donated to community groups supporting Ukrainian refugees or, in certain local cases, donated directly to refugees who are in the area as part of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

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March 25, 2022

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