Sweets manufacturer, Swizzels Matlow, has donated IT equipment, as well as confectionery, to Stockport Council to help disadvantaged children continue education while school remains closed.
Stockport Council have distributed 150 bags of the New Mills manufacturers’ sweets, including Squashees, Love hearts, Refreshers, Lollies and Parma Violets; to children in borough, as well as computer equipment donated by the firm via a Department for Education scheme.
The IT equipment provided has gone to those without access to such technology at home so they can continue their education via online learning platforms. Creative care packs have also been issued which contain 36 pages of activities, hints and tips on protecting mental wellbeing and a set of art materials.
These schemes have helped children be more connected and able to learn, and Swizzels additional donation of sweets has given children a nice treat during what is a difficult and often isolating time.
Cllr Colin Foster, Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education said:
It is essential that all of us take care of our mental wellbeing while staying at home. It’s easy to forget that these young people are still having to study during these difficult times so it’s important to show them that we care, and they are not forgotten and this generous donation from Swizzels goes some way in helping us do that.”
Jeremy Dee, Managing Director for Swizzels Matlow said:
Swizzels is delighted to play a part in the Council’s important initiative of supplying the borough’s children with IT equipment and creative packs to support the key objective of continuing their learning during these difficult times.”