Ascot youngster's key idea to help out
Published: 17 Oct 2013 17:300 comments
Student Ben McCluskey, 11, thought a few old laptops at St Francis Catholic Primary School that were going to be thrown away could be put to better use.
He approached headteacher Jane Gow, who gave him permission to send 23 laptops to a school and hospital in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world.
A team of people from the school cleaned and restored the laptops before sending them to the African country, which is still recovering from a 10-year civil war.
Ben said: “I was thrilled when I saw the pictures of the laptops being handed over and I believe they are being used every day.
“It was quite hard work restoring them but I didn’t mind as the reward was seeing them helping other people who would have little chance of using such equipment.”
Headteacher Mrs Gow said: “Everyone at St Francis is delighted that equipment we used here is finding a new life in Sierra Leone and helping people there.
"It was very enterprising of Ben to see the potential in old equipment and we were pleased to find an additional use for our redundant computers.”