Calne-based IT and web design specialists Black Nova Designs are celebrating after refurbishing 21 laptops and donating them to pupils at Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School. It follows a successful drive by the firm to help provide laptops for all school children. The team was determined to ensure no child would fall behind during the latest lockdown. Access to technology is essential for remote learning, but it’s sadly not something all children are lucky enough to have. Black Nova Designs spread the word among customers, suppliers and its wider business network to ask them to donate old and unwanted laptops.

An amazing response

The response was amazing, with over 20 laptops arriving at their offices on the Portemarsh Industrial Estate in Calne. Black Nova Designs assessed the laptops, which were of varying shapes, sizes and ages, and set about a programme of repairs and updates whenever they had a spare moment. Many of the laptops came with no software, others had broken screens and all of them needed hard drive upgrades. Some of those who donated asked Black Nova Designs to retrieve data and family photographs. 

Investing time in the laptop refurbishments

The team worked hard to invest their time and expertise to ensure the laptops were in good working order. All the laptops had a factory reset, installed with the latest Windows 10 software, upgraded SSD hard drives and some needed new batteries and chargers.

Black Nova Designs Director Danielle Holmes commented:

“Many of us at Black Nova Designs are parents. We all experienced first-hand how challenging remote learning was for children and young people during lockdown. If kids don’t have access to technology and the internet, that gets even harder. They are even at risk of falling behind their peers. We wanted to use our IT expertise to help local children access education and the response was amazing. Thank you to anyone who donated a laptop and to the team for their hard work refurbishing them.”

Even though children have returned to the classroom, many still need access to technology for online tutoring. Black Nova Designs have decided to continue their scheme for as long as people are prepared to donate laptops. If you have an old or unwanted laptop and would like Black Nova Designs to refurbish it and donate to the school, please get in touch. You can contact Danielle and her team using the details below.