The Very Group, operator of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has donated 300 new laptops to 30 primary schools across Liverpool, Bolton and the East Midlands with the help of its charity partner, Coram Beanstalk.
Each school has received 10 new laptops as part of an educational bundle that also includes two printers, books, Crayola bundles, data Wi-Fi spots and headphones.
The bundles are designed to help pupils and schools with the ongoing challenges created by COVID-19, as well as support children’s long-term development through reading.
The schools, which were chosen because they have a high number of pupils who receive free school meals, are located in areas where The Very Group has operational sites and are partner schools of Coram Beanstalk and Coram Life Education, a leading provider of health and wellbeing education.
This donation is part of The Very Group’s ongoing partnership with Coram Beanstalk, for which the Group has committed to raising £600,000 through colleague activities and events to help the national literacy charity support 40,000 children through one-to-one reading support.
The partnership, which will also see The Very Group provide industry-leading tech knowledge, is already helping Coram Beanstalk to expand its network of reading helpers in the North West and launch a network in the East Midlands, where Very’s new fulfilment centre became operational in March 2020.
Ben Fletcher, CFO at The Very Group, commented: “COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for schools, teachers and pupils. We hope these resources can go some way to support children’s learning during this hugely difficult time, and, in the long-term, help their development through reading.
“Becoming better readers doesn’t just give children enjoyment; it gives them the skills and confidence to shape their own lives. Coram Beanstalk’s impact on children’s lives is huge and we’re proud to continue supporting them, both through this important initiative and our wider fundraising efforts.”
Ginny Lunn, managing director at Coram Beanstalk, said: “We are delighted to be able to say thank you to some of our partner schools, who have remained open for vulnerable and keyworker children, and worked tirelessly to support children with online learning throughout the pandemic.
“These educational bundles have enabled us to provide additional support and vital resources to schools at this difficult time. Our partnership with The Very Group has made this possible and we look forward to continuing our work with the company to help more and more children, who will need us as they return to school.”
This World Book Day, Coram Beanstalk and Very.co.uk are asking children to get creative and dress the windows of their homes, instead of themselves.
As part of a competition to celebrate World Book Day, children are invited to draw pictures of their favourite book characters and enter them into a competition via social media, with the lucky winners set to receive some amazing prizes donated by Crayola.
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