A Wirral veteran is restoring old laptops to distribute to school children to help with remote learning, writes Rebecca McGrath.

Lee Anson, from Saughall Massie, has been collecting old and broken devices from people and fixing them up to donate to schools across Wirral.

The idea came about after Lee was left feeling disappointed with the Government’s response to children not having access to devices needed for remote learning.

He decided to set up a Facebook page where he has since been met with an influx of residents across the borough wanting to help.

Lee said: “The community support on the Wirral has been absolutely outstanding. We’ve had people volunteering to help us collect and drop off old laptops and we’ve even had one family who anonymously donated a brand new laptop.”

Wirral Globe: Lee Anson hands over refurbed IT equipment to Christ Church C of E Primary School in MoretonLee Anson hands over refurbed IT equipment to Christ Church C of E Primary School in Moreton

People across the borough have been donating their old and broken laptops to be fixed up by Lee and then given to children most in need.

He said: “There’s a lack of support from the Government. I’ve spoken with head teachers who have told me the Department of Education is giving a family of up to eight children one laptop between them.

"How can eight kids use that one device?”

So far, Lee has managed to give out 34 laptops to schools all across the Wirral and hopes those who are in desperate need will reach out and get in touch.

He said: “We want schools who have families who really need them to get in touch.

"We’ve also set up a PayPal page for people who don’t have spare devices but still want to make a donation and with that money we are buying laptop chargers and spare parts that we might need.”