GAMES Workshop co-founder Ian Livingstone CBE donated £ 30,000 to help Bournemouth schoolchildren donate computers.
The author of Fighting Fantasy donated the money through his foundation to provide PC-less kids with the technology to help them learn online.
More than 100 children have benefited so far with 132 computers allocated, and the kit also includes webcams and support to set up. Another batch of 43 computers is being distributed.
Mr Livingstone, who is slated to open Livingstone Academy in Bournemouth in September, worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, who contacted the local YMCA to ensure the supplied computer kits were distributed to children who needed them most.
Mr Livingstone said: ‘I wanted my foundation to donate to a charity based in Bournemouth to deliver computers to underprivileged children.
“I discussed this with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and they came up with a plan that would be managed by the local YMCA groups that they have worked with on similar projects before.
“The pandemic has created a shift towards online learning over the past 12 months and has underscored how important it is for children to have access to technology.
“For a child to be a true citizen of the 21st century, they have to be in the driver’s seat, rather than the passenger seat of technology.”
Teenager Jasmine Summers, 13, sent a thank you note after receiving her computer and wrote: “The Raspberry Pi computer helps me with my homework and learning to program. It was a great experience and I am very fortunate to have received one. ”
Parents of 10-year-old Evie also provided positive feedback after receiving a Raspberry Pi computer.
They said, “We just wanted to say how privileged we feel to receive the computer which is already a huge success. Evie will be able to properly complete schoolwork and class zooms. ”
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital creation into the hands of people around the world.
Olympia Brown of Raspberry Pi said: “Computers are a personal gift from Ian Livingstone and we hope the children who received them felt special and felt someone cared and cared about them. to come up.”