Haringey Giving campaign to close digital divide gets £350k boost

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Haringey Council pledged £200,000 - Credit: PA

A Haringey campaign aiming to close the disparity in pupils' virtual education during the pandemic has been given £350,000.

Haringey Giving’s digital divide appeal has received £200,000 from Haringey Council as part of the town hall’s hardship fund. The Bloomfield Trust, which is based in the borough, has pledged £150,000 alongside the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The funds will support students struggling to access remote education while schools are closed to the vast majority of pupils due to Covid-19. 

Haringey Giving’s chair Julia Slay said: “We’re really appreciative of the public and local businesses for their support for the appeal, and of Haringey’s schools, pupils and staff and the lengths they’ve gone to in helping raise awareness of this vital campaign – especially considering the additional demands on everyone during the ongoing pandemic.”   

Haringey Council’s education chief Cllr Kaushika Amin said it was “fantastic” to see community stakeholders step up to support the borough's young people during their "hour of need". 


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She added: “I’d urge our amazing community here in Haringey to continue to support the digital divide appeal by donating whatever they can readily afford, no matter how small."

To donate visit www.haringeygiving.org.uk/appeal/digital-divide-appeal

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