Royal Marsden donates IT equipment to support local schools in Sutton

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has donated over 200 pieces of IT equipment to local schools in Sutton to support children and young people’s learning through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donated IT equipment from The Royal Marsden with Dan Wilkes, Lead Teacher for Digital Innovation and Remote Learning at The Carew Academy and student Peter

Working together with Sutton Council, the Trust’s donation was led by Lisa Emery, Chief Information Officer at The Royal Marsden and her team, after she proactively reached out on social media to ask how they could support the local community. 

As part of a digital transformation goal to innovate and improve ways of working across the hospital including its upcoming Oak Cancer Centre, The Royal Marsden had equipment it was no longer able to use. Devices were wiped and repurposed before being distributed to a number of schools in the borough. 

Following the return of all students back to schools in March, the donated equipment will be used in the classroom as well as to support students who may need to self-isolate at home, and those who need devices for homework. The equipment will enable further access to remote learning at a time when it’s needed most.

I'm delighted that The Royal Marsden have been able to work with Sutton Council to make this donation happen and I hope it will make a real difference for students in the local community.

Lisa Emery, Chief Information Officer at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
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Lisa Emery, Chief Information Officer at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I wanted to try and do something positive and knew that at this time in particular there are a number of local schools and students in need. I'm delighted that The Royal Marsden have been able to work with Sutton Council to make this donation happen and I hope it will make a real difference for students in the local community.”

Carew Academy in Wallington is one of the schools in the borough to have benefitted from the IT donation which included desktops, monitors, keyboards and accessories.  

Dan Wilkes, Lead Teacher for Digital Innovation and Remote Learning at The Carew Academy said: “During the current climate it has been particularly difficult to ensure all students have equal opportunities to allow them to excel academically. Not only have these new devices allowed us to ensure students are still able to learn, they have also had a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of our students.

“As a school, we are already implementing how technology can be used in all lessons and will continue to make use of this equipment across the school. The impact of these additional devices has been incredible. On behalf of the whole school community, we’d like to say a huge thank you to The Royal Marsden for their generous donation.”