THE business community in Watchet has rallied round to support local families struggling to home educate their children during lockdown.

Watchet Chamber of Trade (WACET) have used some of their funds to buy three laptops for Knight's Templar Primary School.

The group was contacted by district councillor Loretta Whetlor regarding the nationwide shortage of laptops for loan to parents so their children can continue with their education during the pandemic.

And WACET chairman John Richards took it on himself to personal pay for a fourth laptop.

Mr Richards, who runs an amusement supplier business in Watchet, has been to the school to hand over the laptops to a grateful headteacher David Frowde.

"It was such a wonderful cause that WACET immediately agreed to fund the laptops," said Mr Richards.

"And I was so moved by the cause, I decided to purchase an addition laptop and give to the school.

" I understand it has also moved other local organisations who are looking to do the same.

"It was wonderful to see the gratitude of the headteacher when they were handed over."