Drax donates more laptops to ensure young people are not left behind

Energy company Drax, owners of the Galloway Hydro Scheme, has donated 60 more laptops to children and young people local to its operations.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:01 pm
Dumfries and Galloway College tourism student Neve Jones, who received one of the Drax branded Chromebooks, with curriculum manager (Joyce Litster

This is part of a national effort, which has seen the company donate over 1,200 laptops to 90 schools across Britain, to ensure no child is left behind as a result of school closures.

The £60,000 investment includes three months of pre-paid internet access via a 30GB dongle.

It follows the launch of Drax’s Mobilising a Million initiative, which aims to connect with one million people by 2025 to improve skills, education, employability and opportunity.

Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said: “Ensuring no child is left disadvantaged as a result of the pandemic is crucial if we are to avoid a lost generation of young people, by helping them to stay connected and catch-up on their learning.”

Dumfries and Galloway MP has welcomed further support by the Drax Group to school pupils and students, both nationally and in his own constituency.

He said: "I know from my own constituents, particularly those living near the Galloway Hydro Scheme, just how much young learners valued the use of the laptops and free internet access previously provided by Drax.

"The last year has been very challenging for everyone, not least for the generation of young people whose education has been disrupted by Covid-19 lockdowns.

"Now that school children and college students are returning to the classroom, amidst extensive measures to keep them safe, the additional laptops being provided by Drax will once again be extremely useful and appreciated.

"One lesson I believe has been highlighted through the current health crisis is the importance of internet access and good broadband connections - an area of technology, particularly in rural areas, I wish to see further improved in the coming years."

Students at Dumfries and Galloway College have been among those to benefit,

Principal Joanna Campbell said: “This donation of laptops and access to the internet from Drax will make a huge difference to students whose education has been impacted during the last year.”