Big-hearted Charley Lovis, 8, has donated £30 for a SIM card to help a student as part of the #GettingStudentsOnline campaign.
Launched by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership at the start of June the campaign has generated support from far and wide with companies across the region donating cash to deliver laptops and internet access to students.
Rachael Lovis, director of Sandbach-based forensic investigation company LFI, was one such company who saw the campaign and pledged their involvement. Donating 5 laptops to Ellesmere Port Church of England College, one of the priority schools in our region identified for support through the scheme.
Charley explained what prompted her to help: “When I was doing one of my home school lessons Mum told me about the thousands of children who don’t have computers to do their school work at home and that she was helping through the business. It really upset me because so many children weren’t getting the education they need, so I wanted to help. I got £30 from my moneybox that I had saved and told my Mum I would like to donate it to help another child be able to do their schoolwork at home like I can.”
Rachael Lovis added: “As a parent and business-owner I fully understand the challenges of home-schooling, having no device or internet access further complicates the ability to get support from teachers, join class discussions and of course keep on learning. We can’t allow the devastating impact of Covid-19 to result in a lost generation so even though LFI is a small business, we knew we had to help.
“Charley is fortunate and for her to recognise this at such a young age and feeling so compelled to help, I couldn’t be more proud!”
Clare Hayward MBE DL, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP said: “The majority of students will not return to school earlier than September which clearly will have a significant impact on learning progression. Yet at such a challenging time for everyone it has been genuinely heart-warming for us to receive Charley’s personal donation, and the 5 laptops from LFI. Together, they will make such a difference and I am extremely grateful for their support. We would ask all businesses to consider whether they can help.”
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