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Club and HP donating 100 laptops to Haringey care leavers

Fri 07 June 2024, 17:45|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club and Hewlett-Packard (HP Inc) have today provided the first of 100 laptops to be donated to local young people leaving care this year.

The devices previously used by Club staff have been fully restored thanks to our official computer hardware supplier’s HP Hope programme – extending the life of every device and, in doing so, reducing our carbon footprint.

In addition, mentoring will be provided to recipients through one of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s employment and skills programmes or an HP mentor.

Ebrahim, 17, is one of the first young people to receive a laptop, with mentoring to follow.

He said: “I’m studying for exams at the moment and I like designing clothes. I’m excited and happy to be able to do that on this laptop. Thanks to Tottenham Hotspur and HP.”

Children in care and care leavers are statistically less likely than their peers to achieve top grades throughout all years of school without additional support.

Our Foundation and Haringey Virtual School have been providing opportunities for Haringey’s looked after young people to participate in activities, events and workshops for many years.

This has mainly been through the To Care Is To Do programme that aims to improve educational attainment, increase employability, develop life skills and promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Care leavers can also benefit from support through the Foundation’s Tottenham Futures programme, funded by London’s Violence Reduction Unit. Sessions on offer vary from football and expressive arts to cooking classes and career advice sessions.

Marc Leckie, Foundation chief executive, said: “We’ve been working with Haringey Council to support children in care and care leavers for many years, and I’m really happy the Club’s partnership with HP can add further value to what we deliver.

“Our employment and skills team are looking forward to helping recipients of these laptops make the most of them, further boosting their education, employment and training prospects.”

Richard Ford, HP’s market services & solutions NWE general manager, lived in care when he was a child himself.

He said: “The opportunity Tottenham Hotspur Foundation brought to us to make a difference to children leaving care in Haringey was immediately something I knew HP could help with. Not just with computer hardware, but with the digital skills training to effectively use it and the adult mentors to support and give guidance.

“It’s important to me personally because as an ex-care leaver who was in the care system for nine years, I’m only too aware of the challenges faced when leaving care. It’s crucial to have access to the right people, tools and support that lead to the positive outcomes of higher education or meaningful employment.”

Beverley Hendricks, Haringey Council’s assistant director for safeguarding & social care, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our care leavers in Haringey and we’re grateful for the generous donation from Tottenham Hotspur and HP.

“These young people have faced many challenges throughout their lives and deserve the opportunity to learn new skills and fulfil their dreams.

“This initiative not only provides our leavers with new devices and training, but also underscores our commitment to environmental sustainability.

“It's wonderful to see such positive impacts on both the lives of our young people and our planet.”

For more information about career mentoring on offer from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation please email