Agency hits button with IT gear donation
COMPUTER equipment from Nailsworth is on its way to Africa thanks to staff at Corinium Care.
When the town's live-in care agency bought a new IT system the staff did not want to send its redundant kit to landfill.
Enter IT Schools Africa, a charity based in Cheltenham which has shipped more than 35,000 refurbished computers to schools in Africa since 2006.
Ron Pearce, donations co-ordinator from IT Schools Africa, was delighted with Corinium's six computers, monitors and keyboards.
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He said: "Without people like Corinium Care, we wouldn't be able to bring IT knowledge to many thousands of children in Africa.
"A computer can open up the whole world to them. It gives them an opportunity to learn a new skill which will have work implications and help break the poverty circle."
The charity's mission struck a chord with Corinium Care because many of its registered live-in carers come from South Africa and Zimbabwe.
"Our carers tell us what the situation is like in some parts of Africa, so we're glad to be able to give something back," said Corinium Care MD Camilla Miles.
The award-winning company, based in George Street, provides 24-hour care for elderly people, those with dementia and young adults with physical and learning disabilities.