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6:00 AM 17th November 2023

Foundation Praises TecSec’s Grand Effort To Help Close The Digital Divide

David Richards
David Richards
Sheffield IT specialist TecSec has refurbished more than 1,000 second-hand computers for the Laptops for All campaign to close the digital divide.

TecSec, which provides managed IT services and security to an international client base, stepped up to help process donated devices during the pandemic.

David and Jane Richards launched Laptops for Kids in Sheffield in 2020 to enable young people to attend online classes and expanded the campaign to support everyone in need of connectivity.

Morton Bell, director of TecSec, said:
“Digital inclusion is fundamental. Everybody has to have it. There is very little you can do in life that does not require some element of connectivity and IT knowledge.

“Therefore having some form of device that will give you access is very important. If people don’t have those opportunities, they are going to find it very hard to make their way in life.

“When Covid hit, we saw what Laptops for Kids was doing and thought it would be a good thing to support because we had the staff and skills to help.”

Staff at TecSec donated their time to support the campaign, working early in the morning and late at night during lockdowns to take in donated devices, check their suitability, wipe them, reload them with appropriate software and store them until collection. The company also created an asset register to help manage donations and distribution.

David and Jane Richards said:
“We would like to say a massive thank you to Morton and the team at TecSec for their remarkable contribution to our campaign. Their efforts were invaluable and have helped more than 1,000 households to get connected to the internet and stay in touch.”

To date, the Laptops for All campaign has sourced 15,000 new and used devices to tackle digital poverty in communities across the North of England. The campaign is working with the world’s number one data care expert, BitRaser, to erase laptops as part of the refurbishment process.