Funding boost for #LaptopsForLearning thanks to digital infrastructure company CityFibre

Published on 13th July 2021

City Fibre manager donating money to #LaptopsForLearning campaign

CityFibre £2,000 donation helps to future proof Cheltenham’s #LaptopsForLearning campaign – now at almost £35,000!

The UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, CityFibre, has generously donated £2k to Cheltenham’s innovative #LaptopsForLearning campaign.

The campaign, which launched in February 2021 to support students with the right technology for remote learning, has donated devices to schools – both newly purchased and refurbished - across the borough during the lockdown period.

CityFibre’s donation brings the current fundraising total to £34,700, with 129 devices also being given to be refurbished and distributed to schools around Cheltenham.

Neil Madle, City Manager at CityFibre, said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile campaign, which is making a real difference to tackling digital exclusion in the town. We hope our support gives more youngsters the latest tools to take advantage of digital learning over the new gigabit-capable full fibre network that we’re currently building throughout Cheltenham.”

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for safety and communities, continued: “A huge thank you to CityFibre for their generosity which has given a wonderful boost to our #LaptopsForLearning program.

“We are blown away both by the kindness of our local businesses and individuals who have all helped to make this campaign a success and a tremendous achievement.

“I’d also like to thank everyone involved for their help in taking in devices and coordinating any refurbishments before handing them to schools to distribute. Working together, we have already delivered 43 devices across seven schools and have around 90 more being refurbished which should reach schools before the summer holidays. Our thanks to IT Schools Africa for their incredible support in refurbishing donated laptops and for Cheltenham Education Partnership in helping to co-ordinate the programme.

“We have raised over £34k in financial donations and will buy 55 laptops for our local schools, with more purchases planned with the remaining funds to help students in the new academic year from September.”

Moving forward, #LaptopsForLearning has plans to hold a small store of devices for emergency use. Whilst donations have started to slow, devices are still being collected on request, and a further drive is planned for the autumn.

For further information about the #LaptopsForLearning scheme, how to join, donate equipment or money please visit nclbcheltenham.org.uk/laptops-for-learning.


For media enquiries, contact: communications, telephone 01242 264231, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

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Photo single use only, left to right: Neil Madle City Manager at CityFibre, Cheltenham Mayor Cllr Steve Harvey, Cllr Flo Clucas cabinet member for safety and communities


#LaptopsForLearning scheme is a partnership project bringing together public and private sector to ensure no child is left behind and that children in and around Cheltenham have access to technology for learning.

The partnership includes: Cheltenham Borough Council-No Child Left Behind (NCLB), The Cheltenham Education Partnership (CEP), IT Schools Africa, Cheltenham Learning Partnership (CLP), Sopra Steria, Infrastar and The Golden Valley Development.

About CityFibre:

CityFibre is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, CityFibre provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators. To find out more visit cityfibre.com/residential