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Perspective donates IT kit to schools

Perspective Financial Group Ltd (Perspective), the national financial planning and wealth management group, has donated a substantial amount of IT kit to help disadvantaged pupils with their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a partnership with Business2Schools, a national charity founded in 2019, Perspective has provided PCs, laptops and monitors to schools near many of its 15 offices across the UK.

Business2Schools provides an ethical and environmental solution to the way businesses dispose of their IT kit and office furniture when it is no longer needed.

The charity currently has more than 600 schools registered wishing to receive donations, plus more than 50 major businesses, including Perspective, actively providing support.

Ian Wilkinson, chief executive officer of Perspective Financial Group Ltd (pictured), said: “We have all heard so much about the challenges of education during COVID-19, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, where lack of access to digital technology can be a significant barrier to effective learning.

“We are delighted to be involved in this initiative and to be giving a helping hand to future generations, as well as making a better impact on the environment.

“It’s been great working in partnership with Business2Schools, which has provided us with the confidence to repurpose our IT kit in a secure and well-managed way that will make a real impact on local schools and their pupils.”

Lindsey Parslow, co-founder and chief executive of Business2Schools, added: “We are delighted that businesses such as Perspective are supporting schools in areas where they have

“This donation came about when Perspective made a further major investment in its IT, to enable the group to stay at the forefront of excellent client service. This meant a pool of high quality and still fully-functional IT kit became surplus to requirements, which was ideal for repurposing to help disadvantaged children.

“There is also a substantial environmental benefit by avoiding IT kit going to landfill.
offices, passing on their IT kit and infrastructure to benefit education. It’s the most sustainable and environmental way for a business to upgrade its technology and narrow the ‘digital divide’.

“School computers are very much older than business devices and therefore this fantastic donation will have a huge impact on the schools they are going to. There is no downside.

“Businesses get to recycle their unwanted IT. The data gets wiped and the schools get things they desperately need. It also teaches children from a young age in a very tangible way about the circular economy and the importance of recognising the impact of climate change.”