• 11 December 2020
  • News, Communities,

Local schools and colleges have welcomed some early Christmas gifts donated to them from Gateshead-based contractor Tolent and Gentoo worth more than £20,000.

26 students from Dubmire Primary School, Kepier School and those studying construction subjects at East Durham College have received a brand new laptop thanks to the generous donations of both companies to help support at-home learning.

As well as the donation of laptops to Dubmire Primary School, £1,500 was also donated to sponsor the schools breakfast club following a recent cut in funding and £2,000 has been donated to the school who each year, use local charities to help provide at least one toy to those children whose families struggle at this time of year.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “It’s a pleasure to be supporting our local schools, colleges and communities at a time when it’s probably needed more than ever. 

“The commitment we pledge across every site to enrich the communities we work in is something we take very seriously. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and collaboration with Gentoo and I look forward to seeing what more we can do together in the future.”

Joanne Gordon, development director at Gentoo Group said: “At Gentoo, we’re committed to making a difference to people’s lives and our new developments are at the heart of how we do this.

“We know education is extremely important, especially during the ongoing pandemic, and I’m delighted that we’re able to end this year by providing vital donations of equipment, funding and work opportunities that will be of huge benefit to local children and families in the Houghton area.”

Adam Hogbin, teacher at Dubmire Primary School, said: "On behalf of Dubmire, we are overwhelmed by the generosity, which Tolent and Gentoo have displayed. The generous donations of laptops comes at a time, when the need for virtual interactive learning is greater than ever. These laptops will be used to allow our most vulnerable children to remain supported and allow them to access all forms of homework, or if needed isolated home learning."

Tolent is currently on site for Gentoo on a new housing development in the Houghton area of Sunderland, creating 44 affordable homes for rent.

The Brockwell Green development is being delivered in partnership with Homes England and will see two and three-bedroom homes as well as two-bedroom bungalows built on the site. The scheme pays homage to the areas local mining heritage and is named after a pit line in at the former Houghton Colliery.

The team on site has also recently welcomed a new recruit from Sunderland College’s T-Level placement programme.

Cameron Kershaw will spend a total of 45 days on site as he takes part in the new placement programme that has been designed to provide students with job-specific skills and knowledge through offering the industry placement alongside class room learning.

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