More than 30 laptops have been donated to local charities and education services in Aberdeen by technology company Leidos.
The Leidos team will donate 35 laptops in total, with 10 machines going toward supporting staff and young people at Charlie House.
Charlie House supports young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families and will use the laptops to support its operations and provide online support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Five laptops will be donated to North East Rider Volunteers Scotland (NERVS), part of the National Association of Blood Bikes, which provides local health services with essential support by delivering vital items and medication.
Alf Michaelsen, who heads up Leidos’ Aberdeen office and is leading the initiative, said: “Charlie House and North East Rider Volunteers are two charities that are close to the hearts of our team and we are really pleased to be able to make this donation to support the valuable work they do.
“We are also aware of the challenges educational bodies face these days with a lot of children who don’t have the technology to keep up with their classmates with homeschooling while in lockdown.
“Leidos is a keen supporter of educational activities, with a successful Early Careers programme, and donating these laptops for educational use is a natural extension of this.”
Leigh Ryrie, Children & Family Support Manager for Charlie House, added: “We are so grateful to the Leidos team for the very generous donation of 10 laptops and headsets to Charlie House.
“Now more than ever, we rely on our hardware and best tech to enable us to deliver our services virtually to the families we support, and this equipment will ensure that we can continue to do so.”
An additional 20 laptops will be given to Aberdeen City Council, Leidos revealed, with devices distributed to young people who are struggling to keep up with homeschooling.
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Councillor John Wheeler, Aberdeen City Council’s Education Operational Delivery Convener, added: “This is a marvellous gesture by Leidos and complements the great work our Education Service is doing in ensuring that pupils without home WiFi access are supplied with laptops and dongles so that they can participate in online learning during the current lockdown.
“As an authority, one of our key ambitions is to provide children and young people with the best possible starts in life regardless of any disadvantages they may face so my sincere thanks go to Leidos in helping us support this aim.”
The Leidos team in Aberdeen supports a range of programmes across the oil and gas industry and the Scottish public sector. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the firm also has offices in Glasgow, London, Whiteley, Farnborough and Bristol.