Gatwick Airport donates 50 laptops

Gatwick Airport donates 50 laptops

Melanie Wrightson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport, told us about why they chose to donate laptops to our Level Up project:

“We found out about the Level Up project from Councillor Mike George at Horley Town Council. We were only too keen to support it, with the local community benefitting from assets that we no longer required at a time when there was an urgent need for local children to have access to IT equipment.

“One of the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic has been the devasting impact on the aviation industry.  We had to take action during 2020 to control costs and protect the future of the business. This included an organisation restructure which resulted in a substantial number of colleagues leaving the business. This meant that we had surplus laptops. We were delighted that we could donate 50 devices to the Level Up Project to help digitally disadvantaged families locally. 

Making a lasting positive impact on people

“Our community investment programme is designed to share the benefits that the airport generates among local people and communities who may not directly benefit from the economic contributions that Gatwick brings to the region. We focus on supporting projects that can have a lasting, positive impact on local people. Working with the Level Up Project accomplished that goal. It’s heartening to know the difference the devices have made to help the education of children in Horley and the surrounding area.

Volunteer time

“Colleagues from our IT Team donated around 100 hours of their time while on furlough to remove Gatwick’s data and create and install model-specific factory operating system images on the laptops, with factory built-in Windows 10 Professional Digital License. Naturally, the cases and keyboards were also physically cleaned. 

“It has been a real pleasure working with the Level Up Project who made arrangements for the laptops to be collected and who expressed their gratitude throughout the process. Donating to the project has also helped us at Gatwick to continue supporting schoolchildren throughout the pandemic, when in normal times we would be working with local schools on a range of initiatives. We were also delighted that Level Up secured funding from the Gatwick Airport Community Trust which the airport funds annually.”

Can you help?

  • Is your business upgrading its IT hardware?
  • Do you have surplus laptops that are not being used?

Level Up is a community project that collects and recycles laptops. We refurbish them and pass them on free of charge to local children for home learning. Data is always securely wiped from the hard drive of every laptop received.

If your business would like to donate, please contact levelup@ravenht.org.uk