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    More than 100 laptops have been purchased by a charity to help disadvantaged children.

    The computers are being offered to 14 secondary schools in the Bedford Borough area.

    They were bought by The Harper Trust's Covid-19 community fund, including a donation by The Bedford Educational Association.

    Kelli Foster, acting headteacher at Mark Rutherford School, said: "This will make a real difference to some of our families who are in desperate need of technology to support their home learning.”


    Irene Saenger, chairman of the association, said: “We hope that it will make a huge difference to the learning potential of some of the most disadvantaged young people in our area during these difficult times.”

    The charity is also asking for donations of spare laptops.

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    Dorset Council said it had been "overwhelmed with requests" for laptops from schools for pupils who do not have one at home.

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