21 January 2021

Phillips 66 Humber Refinery on 21st January announced it has donated £45,000 of laptops and software to local schools in support of pupil’s home learning.

The donation – 100 laptops in total – will go toward helping to close the digital divide impacting young people whose education during the current pandemic is suffering from a lack of access of devices or the internet.

The laptops will be distributed among 14 primary/secondary schools in the Humber area.

Darren Cunningham, UK Director & General Manager of the Phillips 66 Humber, said: “Children having access to devices at home for distanced-based learning is a national problem. With many households without access to a laptop, tablet or PC, many of our children are missing out on vital education. We are proud to be able to support some of our schools and help some children who otherwise would not be able to learn. Everyone has the right to an education.”

After the announcement of the latest lockdown, it was revealed a quarter of UK students unable to properly access online learning*. Technology is something many take for granted, but for those who do not have ready access this lockdown has widened this digital divide.

A recent report/study found that 25% of UK students are unable to properly access online learning.

Phillips 66 works to promote economic, social and environmental advancement in the communities it calls home. The company is a long-term advocate of education and literacy, which are at the core of the company’s philanthropy program.

Nina Stobart, Phillips 66 Public Affairs Lead, added: “The Refinery Education and Charity team chose to support local students with their learning. These laptops will not just do that but also give those students back a feeling of belonging – being able to stay in touch with their friends and teachers – which will also benefit their wellbeing. When this pandemic is over, we do not want a generation of children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves left behind. We are honoured to be able to support them."

Sandra Fawn, Head Teacher, Canon Peter Hall Church of England, Immingham, said: “Our overwhelming thanks go to Phillips 66 for their generous donation of laptops to further support our pupils and families at Canon Peter Hall CofE primary school. This will enable more of our children to engage in their remote learning at home during the lockdown period and beyond. In addition, it can never be overestimated how this will also support their well-being through online communication with their friends and staff in school. Thank you again on behalf of all our families at Cannon Peter Hall!”

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