Vodafone UK and children’s charity Barnardo’s are asking the British public to donate smartphones and tablets they no longer use so that they can be repurposed and sent to underprivileged homes.
By some estimates, up to 40 million pre-loved gadgets are sitting in homes across the UK. This partnership – named ‘The Great British Tech Appeal’ – by Vodafone and Barnado’s, will last for six weeks and aims to collect up to 10,000 devices for redistribution to low-income families across the UK.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “The Coronavirus crisis is having serious consequences for the vulnerable children and families we support across the UK. ‘Digital poverty’ – the lack of devices or internet access – means many children already at a disadvantage will fall further behind at school and miss out on vital support such as counselling.
“We’re delighted to be working with Vodafone to help get technology and connectivity into the hands of the vulnerable children and families who need it most.”