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Radford Foundation gifts laptops to Farmilo Primary School

Posted onPosted on 27th Feb

The Radford Foundation has donated 30 Chromebooks to Farmilo Primary School, Pleasley, to assist with its home learning during the coronavirus crisis.

The charity — set up by Mansfield Town owners John and Carolyn Radford — is dedicated to the development of young people in the Mansfield area.

The gift, which follows a recent £15,000 donation to Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club, saw 30 Chromebooks sent to the school.

It is enabling children to learn remotely during the lockdown.

Nik Springthorpe, trustee of the Radford Foundation, said: “We decided that it would be useful to help the school with the laptops we provided.

“We managed to get hold of 30 laptops, which I understand the school has found very difficult. So it was great that we were able to step in and give them that support.

“Both John and Carolyn [Radford], who set up the foundation, have a sole intent of being able to give back to the community and be able to help clubs, sporting venues, schools and children throughout Mansfield.”

Linda Priest, school business manager at Farmilo Primary, added: “I sent an appeal out to the school’s contacts, explaining that we were struggling to get hold of devices for the children to use while working from home during the lockdown.

“Within two minutes of that appeal going out, John Radford contacted me directly and said, ‘I can help, I’ll sort some devices out,’ — and that’s exactly what he did.

“I heard within days that we were being given 30 devices to loan out to families that are struggling to access the online learning.

“John has gone above and beyond. He got us 30 new Chromebooks, which the children are finding amazing.

“The Chromebooks can access live, online Zoom classes, which mean children can join in with the class and see the other children in their bubbles.

“The Radford Foundation are all about offering support to the community and it’s great to see the impact that they are having.”