A member of the local community has generously donated a tablet to Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School after taking part in a radio campaign which asked listeners to give their unused devices to children across Coventry and Warwickshire who are home schooling.
Tony Sweatman, from Coventry, has presented a to the school to support one of its pupils to access online learning during the third lockdown.
The kind gesture was made after Tony contacted BBC CWR in response to its call for donations of laptops, tablets and devices that are no longer being used for children who would otherwise struggle to access their schoolwork online.
BBC CWR then selected the school as the recipient of the device, and Cardinal Wiseman Assistant Principal Colin Beesley was able to thank Tony on air before Mark Lambert, Head of Year 10, collected the tablet.
The school’s Senior Leadership Team agreed that the device should go to a pupil in Year 10 who had a tough end to 2020 after a fire at their home.
During last term, the school made donations to support the family, but the tablet has now ensured the pupil can access home learning.
Tony said: “I had originally researched charities which I could donate the tablet to but was passionate about ensuring it went to a local child in the community, so I was extremely happy to take part in the BBC CWR campaign.
“I was overjoyed to hear that the device was not only going to a local child in need, but one that has come through an incredibly difficult time in recent months. I hope that the tablet will make a real difference to their learning.”
Matthew Everett, Principal at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, said: “We would like to thank Tony once again for his generous donation. We had the pleasure of speaking to him on air and have since learnt more about his family history which has been fantastic.
“It is excellent that we have been able to give the donation to one of our pupils who needs it the most.
“Tony’s act of kindness has been a real inspiration to others, and we have since received further donations of devices from our staff and members of the local community.
“This will ensure all of our children can continue to learn at home during the lockdown and also strengthen their digital learning skills to support them in the future.”