Mansfield mayor chips into appeal as 82 laptops collected for Mansfield Woodhouse children

An appeal for laptops to help Mansfield Woodhouse children in digital poverty has seen 82 items donated including several laptops from Mansfield’s mayor.

By Dale Spridgeon
Monday, 1st March 2021, 11:29 am

Over the past few months, Mansfield Woodhouse resident Anne Callaghan and Cllr John Coxhead have been appealing for used laptops, tablets or iPads and related IT equipment.

The items are being donated to school children in and around the Mansfield Woodhouse area.

Cllr Coxhead said: “An initial target of 25 items were to be donated to local families but this figure has not only been smashed but has now reached a fantastic 82 items in total to date and the appeal is now going to carry on a bit longer.

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L-r - Cll John Coxhead, Mayor of Mansfield Andy Abrahams and Anne Callaghan receive donation of laptops

“The campaign has also seen the Mayor of Mansfield Andy Abrahams donate several laptops as well, and this has helped us to raise this brilliant amount.”

Mansfield’s Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “The collection of over 80 laptops is such a fantastic effort by John and Anne. They realised the importance of making sure that less well off families can get access to the digital skills which are vital to ensure they children are not left behind. What brilliant work for such a worthwhile cause.”

Cllr Coxhead said: “We have used the power of Facebook to liaise with as many local people to help continue this invaluable community support.

Mansfield's Mayor Andy Abrahams

"It is great to see the Mayor of Mansfield Andy Abrahams joining in with the appeal and helping to support our youngsters to access their school online learning.

“Many of our families do not have access to IT needed to support their children’s studies.”

Anne Callaghan added: “The ongoing appeal will continue to allow us to hand out donated IT equipment which is really making a difference and allowing children who don’t have this technology at home to access their school learning.”

Anne and John are now continuing to ask for more laptop donations and ask people to visit their Facebook page: Anne Callaghan & John Coxhead- Fighting for North Mansfield & Woodhouse.

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can Facebook message, call or text to 07976 162976.