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Regional business supports CMAT students with lockdown learning

A number of digital devices have been generously donated to Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) by regional business, Redgate Software to help support students with online lessons and remote learning. 
Regional business donates dozens of laptops to CMAT students for lockdown learning

The Trust operates across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. 

The substantial donation included 16 desktop computers, 48 laptop computers, 35 computer monitors and a number of laptop bags, keyboards, computer mice and headsets. 

Redgate Software regularly upgrades IT equipment for its staff and had large amounts of unused technology and accessories stored at its office in Cambridge. 

Following the donation, the equipment will be distributed to those who need it most across the 18 schools that the Trust supports. 

Mark Woods, Chief Executive Officer of CMAT said: "Over the last twelve months, our schools have been delighted to receive donations from various local charities and organisations keen to help. 

“This wonderful donation is hugely appreciated, and I cannot thank Redgate Software enough for their kindness and support. It will no doubt help us to deliver a high-quality education for our young people who are working so hard at the moment. 

"The equipment will be spread out across CMAT and help students access remote learning, as well as provide a bridge to wellbeing support, not only during lockdown but in the months ahead too.” 

Redgate Software’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Cheverton, also made a public appeal for other local business to donate unused laptops that would otherwise be scrapped or left to gather dust. 

He said: “As our children are faced with learning from home under lockdown, there’s been much said about the fact that many of them don’t have the necessary IT to participate in remote learning. This is not just a problem of disadvantaged households, it’s also a challenge for many families with multiple children who share IT. 

“It’s amazing that we are able to help so many at this difficult time and we are keen to continue this partnership with CMAT moving forward. If every CIO and CTO across the country did the same, we would be successful in removing preventable barriers to learning. If you are able, I 

urge you to give generously to your local schools, you truly would be making a huge difference.” 

In the past, Redgate Software has also sold old IT equipment to staff and donated the profits to charities across the UK. 

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