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Hard drive drive! Corbyn supports volunteers handing out school tech

29 January, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

VOLUNTEERS organising devices for schools in need of technology gave 22 laptops out last week.

Community Laptops, partnered with Highbury Mutual Aid, gathered in Elizabeth House calling for device donations.

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn turned up to the event in support of the volunteers who donated their time to help the cause. Thirty-five people turned up with old technology to give away.

As the Tribune previously reported, schools in Islington were dismayed when the government cut the number of laptops promised to them.

The council has also been working with community groups to help ease the digital divide.

Mindy Jhakra, cofounder of the Community Laptops initiative, said: “The benefits of what happened and what was driven by the Islington community on Saturday are being felt Londonwide. It was really fantastic – there was so much generosity shown.”

The event was held on January 16.

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