Somerset not-for-profit Donate IT recently handed over its 1000th device to a Ukrainian refugee in digital need.

The charity, established in 2021 by Sarah Dyke, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, and IT reuse specialist Simon Barfoot, has been a beacon in bridging the digital divide in the region.

Old and unwanted IT equipment is collected, data wiped and then repurposed for those lacking access to digital services.

The scheme has so far kept approximately 16 tonnes of equipment out of landfill, recycling precious metals contained in discarded devices.

Donate IT's work has had a significant impact in the local community, enabling refugee children to complete homework, allowing homeless individuals to stay connected, and helping young people with diabetes manage their condition.

A range of organisations, including healthcare providers and community networks, have joined the initiative.

Sarah Dyke MP said: "I'm delighted to see the 1000th device being handed over.

"Digital exclusion is a real issue in Somerset.

"Donate IT's work is the catalyst that brings about positive change in people's lives."

Simon Barfoot added: "Donate IT is making a real difference to recipients’ lives and I take so much pleasure in that."

Frome Medical's Digital Health Connector, Will Palmer, described Donate IT as a "great example of joined-up thinking".