Donation to charity helping pupils in lockdown

Wynne Construction has given its backing to a North Wales charity supporting children in remote learning during lockdown.

The Wynne Futures Foundation has donated £1,000 to The Neuman Foundation, which is aiming ensure all year 10 and 11 pupils in North Wales have access to a laptop. The Make I.T. Happen campaign from the foundation, which is based in Tremerchion, Denbighshire, has so far donated 340 Chromebooks to pupils in Wrexham and Flintshire. However, hundreds more are needed, with more funding partners required to ensure students don’t miss out while home schooling.

The CEO of the foundation, Rebecca Prytherch, said: “We are currently working with six local authorities to provide machines for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils. We urgently require additional funding partners to make this happen. I and my funding Manager Phillipa Davies are already liaising with two local authorities, but requests are flooding in from the four other local authorities who urgently need help.”

Alison Hourihane, business and community development manager at Wynne Construction, said: “It’s vital that pupils have access to computers, and that families aren’t having to choose between home working parents earning a living and children receiving their education. Supporting young people at the start of their careers is at the heart of what we do with Wynne Futures, so we’re really pleased to help the Neumark Foundation with this.”

Peter Neumark, who set up the foundation with his wife Maria and daughter Rebecca Prytherch, said: “It is critical that as much as possible we support the provision of technology as quickly as we can where there are gaps, to prevent these young people from falling behind at what is already such a difficult and stressful time for them.

“We hope that by providing the necessary technology, we will enable essential online home learning, and reduce anxiety levels by supporting communication with their teachers, as well as their classroom peers.” He added: “We would urge any businesses and organisations who would like to support this urgent need to get in touch, so that we can coordinate with the local authorities and schools in North Wales, by ordering and distributing devices as quickly as possible to where they are needed most.”

The Neuman Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations here.