UK player Neptune Energy is chipping in to help children in London schools with remote learning as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt normal education activities.

The private equity-backed company has donated 50 laptops to two schools in the UK capital, with a fundraising effort also raising more than £4400 ($6080).

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The computers and funds have gone to Soho Parish and John Ruskin primary schools, with staff at Neptune pitching in some of their own cash in the fundraising effort.

Neptune’s group HR director, Amanda Chilcott, said: “When we became aware of the shortage of laptops for schoolchildren, we wanted to play our part in supporting pupils to get online, not only to support their learning while they can’t attend classes but to allow them to maintain contact with friends.”

Louise Ritchie, head teacher at Soho Parish Primary, added: “All our pupils can now attend online lessons, groups and one-to-one sessions with their teachers, keeping us together even when physically separated.

“The growing gap between vulnerable pupils and their peers was concerning nationally and to us as a school, so we are hugely grateful for this resource, which we can already see making a difference.”

Clare Tayton, head teacher at John Ruskin Primary, said: “We have already noticed a significant improvement in work being submitted and from our weekly calls know how much of a difference this has made to the children and their parents.”