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A laptop has been donated to a family in Lynn as part of a technology initiative across Norfolk.

This week, the Digital Poverty Alliance and Currys launched its Tech4Families initiative and it was kicked off with an in-person celebration on Monday, June 13 in the Lynn Curry's store.

Tech4Families will support disadvantaged families across West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth and is seeking to end digital poverty in the UK and help reconnect to the digital world.

From left: Cathy Parnham and her daugher Davina Barber are presented their laptop by King's Lynn Curry's store manager Raj Laroiya, with Elizabeth Anderson from Digital Poverty Alliance. Picture supplied.
From left: Cathy Parnham and her daugher Davina Barber are presented their laptop by King's Lynn Curry's store manager Raj Laroiya, with Elizabeth Anderson from Digital Poverty Alliance. Picture supplied.

During the celebration, Davina Barber, aged 14, and her mother, Cathy Parnham were donated a state-of-the-art laptop.

When asked what the laptop will be used for, both were in agreement that it will be a great help for studying for GCSEs next year.

Lynn, and the wider Norfolk Coast area, was selected as just one of five areas across the country where Tech4Families will be physically rolled out, as it was found to be one of the areas most affected by digital poverty in the UK.

Other locations include Staffordshire, West Cumbria, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, and Ayrshire.

Increasingly, not having access to the digital world means not having access to fundamental of life like education, healthcare, training and social security.

Recent research even found that one in five children who had been home schooling in 2021 did not have access to an appropriate device to do so.

Tech4Families, the initiative being rolled out by the Digital Poverty Alliance and Currys, seeks to solve this issue by helping families who need a laptop to get one.

Catrin Hale, group social impact manager for Currys, said: "Technology makes up the backbone of business, society and entertainment in the modern day, and every single person deserves equal opportunities to access the internet, work via digital means, or learn on a laptop, regardless of their socio-economic status, age, or background.

"We are therefore thrilled to be working the Digital Poverty Alliance in a collaboration to make access to technology a reality for even more people."

Elizabeth Anderson, for the Digital Poverty Alliance said: "Digital poverty is a major issue across the country, with nearly three million people still offline and without the right means to digital access.

"And, without technology, disadvantaged families and individuals are neglected of the same opportunity to build a career, to complete school work, or even to interact with their friends and family.

"We are therefore excited to be rolling out Tech4Families, which seeks to help people get online now.

"The event in Lynn was inspiring, and it marks the first of a roadshow of events which will connect families across the country with new laptops."

For more information about Tech4Families, or information on how you can help, visit here



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