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'We get 100 requests a day': Demand for IT support, equipment from churches sky rocket

by Tola Mbakwe

A Christian charity which donates computers to charities in need has been inundated with requests from churches as services have moved online due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Computers for Charities told Premier it has been getting 100 requests a day since the start of lockdown for things like iPads, laptops and IT support.

"It's been amazing and overwhelming", said Simon Rooksby, founder of the organisation. 

"Unlike a lot of organisations that go into lockdown, they close down, we haven't. We have to stand because IT is the fabric of all organisations now."

The small charity based out of Eastbourne has had volunteers travel all over the country during lockdown to help churches. 
"I was in Inverness last week," Rooskby said. "We've been out to the Shetland Islands and Cornwall. 

"It might be down to the machine, or it might be down to 'how does my church set up this project? How can we reach into homes or provide access to people?' We're working with churches on how they can relate to the community and how they can help those who are isolated and vulnerable young people."

"IT is a vital part of that but we have got to the stage so that we just can't supply the demand."

Rooksby said Computers for Charities usually receives donations of thousands of computers from large corporate companies, but those donations have ceased due to the pandemic, making it harder for the charity to help those in need. 

It has made an appeal for more equipment. 

"We need working laptops, iPads, netbooks, anything like that, that is functional so that we can actually bless other people. 

"I know a lot of people out there are holding stuff, get it out the cupboard, get it out and send it to Eastbourne."

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