Roofing firm aims to ‘grow minds’ with big donation to Blackhall Primary School

A kind-hearted business has donated thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment to help an East Durham primary school.

Youngsters at Blackhall Primary School were gifted 11 state-of-the-art touchscreen computers by Findley Roofing.

Previously, the generous firm has helped the local community by providing equipment and unform vouchers to families struggling due to the cost-of-living crisis.

And bosses at the Hackworth Road-based business said the computers will help both teachers and pupils – and give the youngsters a “great start” with their education.

“As a major local employer, we know the struggles currently facing many people across our community,” said Dean Coombe, Managing Director of Findley Roofing.

“Many of our team are parents themselves and have children at the school, so we know times are tight – that’s why we wanted to do whatever we could to help.

“These children are the future of Blackhall, and everyone wants them to enjoy school and get the education they all deserve.

“We also know that giving them the best start will also help our community grow, so it was an absolute pleasure to provide these computers that we hope will help their minds and aspirations grow.”

With decades of experience, Findley Roofing is the North East’s leading domestic roofing contractor with a turnover exceeding £10m-a-year.

However, the firm has also worked tirelessly to improve the lives of families across the region, many of whom are from communities that have suffered from historic underfunding.

That community work included launching Findley Roofing’s ‘Kool 4 Skool’ campaign, which helped hundreds of families struggling to afford new school uniforms and equipment.

This latest donation is separate from the scheme, although it is part of an ongoing commitment from the firm to help the school in whatever way it can.

It is a commitment that has been warmly welcomed by staff, with Headteacher Rachel Leonard adding: “The computers have been used to upgrade the technology in classrooms from years 1-6.

“This has made it easier for teachers to setup and deliver their lessons. They are a great addition.”