IronmongeryDirect & ElectricalDirect support student learning in Africa with donation

A charity that aims to empower disadvantaged communities in Africa with quality IT school resources has received a donation of over 300 computer items from the UK’s leading specialist ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect and its sister company, electrical supplier, ElectricalDirect.

The two companies, part of the Mantuan Group, have donated over 300 IT equipment items to the Turing Trust, a charity that reuses and refurbishes tablets, phones and computers to be deployed to schools in Africa. The donated equipment included computers, laptops, monitor screens and cabling, enabling 1,944 students to gain vital access to digital resources and learn important IT skills. What’s more, the donation offsets 30 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 75 trees, or offsetting the annual carbon footprints of three Britons.

On the company’s donation, Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to charity and worthwhile causes, we're delighted to support the Turing Trust with this donation. By providing training opportunities and skills development, both in Africa and the UK, its operation also reduces waste and supports a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society, and we're pleased that we can help make a difference.”

James Turing, Founder & CEO of the Turing Trust, said: “We're immensely grateful to all the team at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect for their donation, which will empower almost 2,000 students with technology enabled education in Africa. The embodied energy savings created from this donation is also enough to power seven UK homes for a year, which helps to demonstrate what can be achieved through a circular economy approach to reusing business IT equipment.”

The Turing Trust was set up in 2009 in honour of Alan Turing by his family and seeks to provide quality IT resources and training to schools in sub-Saharan Africa. From its Edinburgh workshop, the charity refurbishes and ships IT equipment and educational software to help bridge the digital divide.

To find out more about the Turing Trust, visit To find out more about IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, visit and

IronmongeryDirect Ltd
Unit 3 Scimitar Park
Courtauld Road, Basildon
SS13 1ND
0808 168 2828

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