Gosport schools benefit from 10 new Dell laptops and £2,000 in funds thanks to donation from Asda Foundation

SCHOOLS in Gosport have been treated to a technology boost thanks to 10 donated laptops and £2,000 in grant funding.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:11 pm

A surprise delivery for Leesland CE Federation was arranged by Gosport Asda community champion Rachel Webber, who wanted to help children have access to better computers at school.

Rachel delivered the 10 Dell laptops to the school last week, and also helped the school with a grant application from the Asda Foundation.

Rachel, who has overseen more than £12,000 in grants and donations in the past year, said: ‘I have had the pleasure of working with Leesland School for many years and had no hesitation in nominating them to receive a donation of 10 Dell laptops to help with online learning.

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Leesland CE Federation had 10 laptops donated thanks to Gosport Asda, along with £2,000 in grants from the Asda Foundation. Pictured: Asda store manager Catherine Curtis, associate head teacher Anne Wake with pupils Jack and Annabelle, and community champion Rachel Webber

‘The laptops will be used for those children who need to isolate at home and to support learning in school. I’m really proud that I have been a part of this. It’s great knowing that I am helping make our community that little bit better.’

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Both the infant and junior school received £1,000 each, which has helped towards uniform, bags, chairs and stationery.

Claire Wilson, executive headteacher at Leesland CE Federation, said: ‘We are grateful to Asda and Dell for choosing our school to receive these laptops, they will go a long way in helping to break down digital barriers and help with any education remotely now and in the future.

Leesland CE Federation had 10 laptops donated thanks to Gosport Asda, along with £2,000 in grants from the Asda Foundation. Pictured: Leesland pupils Jack and Annabelle with some of the donated kit

‘Asda Gosport are hugely supportive of our schools, especially during these difficult times.’

Catherine Curtis, Asda Gosport general store manager, added: ‘I am really proud that we have been able to support our local schools during these challenging times.’

Asda’s customer vote which donates more than £1m to charities, schools and groups across the UK each year is back for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The good cause with the most votes will receive £500, with the two runners-up both receiving £200.

Rachel said: ‘It's great that customers are able to have a say again in which of these wonderful local good causes will receive donations from the Asda Foundation.

‘Because we're only a small store in a small but great town there's a real sense of community here and we look out for our people.’

Email nominations to [email protected] to be included in the vote.

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