A Shropshire charity is helping underprivileged schoolchildren through the Covid crisis by donating almost 70 learning devices
Hartey Wealth Management are known to thousands of readers as regular contributors to Welsh Border Life and walesandborders.com, offering expert advice on all things financial. But there’s also a charity arm in the shape of The Charlotte Hartey Foundation, which is currently helping fight digital poverty.
In a bid to help many struggling children who are missing school but lack the resources to log onto online classes, the foundation recently donated 67 tablets to pupils in Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
“I was watching the news and saw that some children had no learning devices or were having to share them,” says Karl Hartey, who founded the charity in memory of his daughter, Charlotte. “It seemed to be a huge failure by the Government as it could lead to children getting a year behind in their studies."
After researching how best to get the devices to the right families who really needed them, Karl contacted two Oswestry schools - The Marches, who said they needed 15, and Rhyn Park, who wanted 12. Word quickly spread and even though the charity initially set a target of 50, in total 67 tablets have been sent out.
All ages from primary right up to sixth form have been helped and the charity tried to find kids who'd fallen through the cracks, such as where three to five children in one household are forced to share one tablet.
“We need to give our kids hope and provide jobs for the future,” says Karl. “Learning and education is vital to the long-term economic recovery.
“I think Charlotte would be proud that we've been proactive in helping with the local community in this way. The foundation has always been children-focused, helping fund school trips etc., over the years.
"Charlotte loved to travel and the mix of education, learning and travel is a good cornerstone of any child’s development, so we believe she would've wanted to help in this cause.
“It’s 11 years now since she was misdiagnosed with swine flu, when in fact she had everyday tonsillitis,” Karl adds. “So the pandemic has been tough as it brings back the memories.”
The Charlotte Hartey tablet campaign is just one of the many amazing ways the foundation helps the local community. When the country first went into lockdown in March 2020, the charity helped local food banks, with donations going to Chester, Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Oswestry and Welshpool. To find out more or to make a donation, visit: charlottehartey.com