Laptop Appeal

Appeal for laptops for disadvantaged children in Horley.

Martin Saunders has set up this appeal. He has already delivered donated laptops that he has refurbished to be given to local disadvantaged school children and young people. If you or your business have a laptop that you don’t need any more Martin will be glad to receive it.

Martin explains how the appeal works:

Background and problem:

It’s become very apparent that the ‘new normal’ for school children now and in the future includes a considerable amount of learning at home using online resources. Unfortunately, some families can’t afford IT equipment to support their children studying at home, and right now these disadvantaged children are missing out. The government has made funds available to provide laptops and Internet access to some of these children, but that currently only includes children in social care which is a tiny fraction of the kids that need help.

After liaising with schools in Horley, I believe there are around 100 children with an urgent need for IT equipment to help them with their school work.


To help address this problem, I’ve set up a laptop appeal to encourage individuals and businesses to donate unwanted laptops. I take the laptop in, clean it, generally replace the hard drive, occasionally install more memory (RAM), install Windows 10 or Cloud Ready Chrome OS and power test it. I then give the laptop to one of the Horley schools for onward distribution to the families that need it most. Using old laptops rather than buying new ones takes more work, but we’re reusing existing equipment which is significantly cheaper than buying new laptops and is better for the environment.

Martin Saunders, Horley Laptop Appeal
Local Horley Town Councillor Martin Saunders

Specification of laptop required:

My main criteria for donated laptops are:

  • It needs to work and not have a cracked/broken screen.
  • Battery life isn’t hugely important as these will mostly be used plugged in – power supplies are important but not essential as replacements can be bought fairly cheaply
  • Needs to have originally come with Windows 7, 8 or 10. If it came with Windows 7, the licence sticker needs to be readable (as the code is used to install Windows 10)

Data security concerns:

Rightfully some donors have concerns over the security of their data, especially if the laptop was used for business purposes. To solve this problem I’m happy to take laptops that have had their hard drive removed, or I’m happy to remove the drive for the owner. Older laptops typically have slower hard disks, so replacing the disk with a modern solid-state drive (SSD) is cheap, quick to install and significantly speeds up the laptop for the new owner. If the doner removes the hard disk, please ensure that any screws and cradle used to hold the hard disk are included please!

Onward ownership of the device:
Each laptop includes a letter from me explaining the laptop is now theirs to do with as they wish. I don’t expect the device back, but I do ask that if the laptop isn’t required anymore and still functions well to please return to me or the school as it may benefit another child.

Contact Martin:

Via his page on the Horley Town Council website.

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