More than 200 pieces of IT equipment has been donated to schools across Sutton to help bridge the digital divide.

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust made the donation to support children and young people’s learning through the coronavirus crisis.

Devices were wiped and repurposed before being distributed to a number of schools in the borough.

Following the return of all students back to schools in March, the donated equipment will be used in the classroom as well as to support students who may need to self-isolate at home, and those who need devices for homework.

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Lisa Emery, who led the donation for Royal Marsden with Sutton Council, said: “I wanted to try and do something positive and knew that at this time there are a number of local schools and students in need.

"I'm delighted that The Royal Marsden have been able to work with Sutton Council to make this donation happen and I hope it will make a real difference for students in the local community.”

Carew Academy in Wallington is one of the schools in the borough to have benefitted from the IT donation which included desktops, monitors, keyboards, and accessories.

Dan Wilkes, Lead Teacher for Digital Innovation and Remote Learning at the academy said: “During the current climate it has been particularly difficult to ensure all students have equal opportunities to allow them to excel academically.