Ben Lukey of AMA Waste Management and co-director Keith Matthews with some of the computer kit.

West Norfolk businesses have rallied to donate much-needed computer equipment to youngsters learning at home during lockdown.

With schools closed to most pupils it has become essential to have access to the internet for their home learning.

There are fears disadvantaged pupils without access to a suitable device will fall behind in their studies.

 And many families with more than one school-aged child are struggling to share the equipment they do have.

Lady Howard of Castle Rising approached friends and acquaintances to see if they had any IT kit they could donate.

Businessman and former West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney agreed to help spread the word and said he was delighted by the generous response he received.

Within minutes, offers of computers and laptops were made, Mr Daubney said.

Among those to volunteer help was AMA Waste Management, based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate.

Ben and Colin Lukey responded instantly to one of  Mr Daubney’s social media posts and soon donated eight new laptops for West Norfolk pupils.

Ben, a director, said it was vital to support young people at this time and said he hoped other businesses would do the same.

Other businesses to help included KL1 Radio, Richard Dix of Rural Broadband and members of the MG Owners’ Club.

Financial contributions have also seen Chromebooks for schools at Sandringham, Flitcham, Gayton and Middleton.

Mr Daubney said all computers able to access the internet could be checked, cleared and put to good use and many more were needed.

Norfolk County Council has also launched a campaign urging businesses and organisations to donate kit.