Lottery funding will power-up laptop reuse group to help bridge widening digital divide

April 21, 2022

A scheme set up to donate unwanted and refurbished laptops to schools, charities and individuals who do not have access to technology has been awarded £135,000 to help take it to the next stage of development.

The money from The National Lottery Community Fund will be used by Wiltshire Digital Drive to recruit a corporate fundraiser on a three-year, fixed-term contract – guaranteeing the next stage of its growth and sustainability. 

The non-profit organisation and community interest company was set up in October 2020 to recycle, refurbish and redistribute second-hand laptops to bridge the county’s digital divide.

It was born from the success of a laptop recycling project started by Westbury-based Priority IT during lockdown.

Since then, the scheme – which is also supported by Corsham-based social media communications agency Naturally Social and Bath-based accountants Turner and Partners – has helped more than 1,300 people get connected by providing them with a free laptop while also diverting more than six-plus tonnes of waste from going to landfill.

Wiltshire Digital Drive co-director Natalie Sherman said: “But there’s so much more to do. Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can really begin to accelerate our impact in Wiltshire. This will make a big difference to people’s lives.”

For more information on Wiltshire Digital Drive, visit

For a full job description of the corporate fundraiser role, go to:

Applications close on 8 May.

Pictured below: Wiltshire Digital Drive co-directors Natalie Sherman, Kerrie Thomas and Kieran Thomas with their children Olivia and Megan Thomas



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