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Gaywood man kindly donates money to buy King’s Lynn school some new ipads

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A kind-hearted businessman has bought six new ipads for a West Norfolk school to help children with their school work during and after lockdown.

Michael Heaphy, from Gaywood, generously donated £1000 to buy the ipads at Greenpark Academy in North Lynn to ensure youngsters have the right equipment to do their work.

Mr Heaphy, who runs Heaphy Aggregates and Light Haulage, said: “I wanted to give a little something back to the community and it’s the children who are the future.

MLNF Greenpark Academy pupils with the i-pads, also Mr Michael Heaphy and head teacher Mrs JIll Graver (44362365)
MLNF Greenpark Academy pupils with the i-pads, also Mr Michael Heaphy and head teacher Mrs JIll Graver (44362365)

“There’s a lot of hard, working-class people in North Lynn who are probably struggling to make ends meet, especially if they’ve been furloughed.

“Losing 20 per cent of your money and living from week-to-week is difficult, so I wanted to do something to help.

“I bought my first house and lived there for several years. I remember when I was young and I got a racing bike, it took my mum and dad the whole year to save up for it.”

Mr Heaphy, 57, has been operating as a sole trader for the last two years after spending the whole of his working life in construction.

His business, which also includes rubbish clearances, has remained steady during the pandemic.

“It’s been a difficult time for everyone, but since I started out on my own it has given me a new lease of life,” he said after approaching the school with his wife Christine.

Greenpark Academy headteacher, Mrs Jill Graver, said: “After delays in 2020 due to Covid, we finally moved into Greenpark Academy after Christmas and school opened its doors to pupils on Monday , January 11.

“Unfortunately, due to ongoing restrictions, only key worker children have been able to experience our lovely new building so far.The remaining pupils are currently at home accessing remote learning.

“ For all families across the UK and beyond, this is a challenging time, but for those children without the necessary technology at home, this has been made even more difficult.

“We have been able to obtain laptops from the Government scheme to ensure that each family who did not have a device was able to collect one from school.

“Now, due to the kindness of this local couple and their business, we have been able to provide even more children from Greenpark Academy with equipment in order to access home learning.

“ When Mr and Mrs Heaphy popped into school one day last week and made a donation for the school to purchase IT equipment, we were truly overwhelmed at their generosity.

“During these difficult times, it has been heartening to see how members of the community are supporting each other.

“We cannot thank them enough and are pleased to see even more Greenpark Academy students being able to access learning from home.

“Hopefully, it won’t be long before we can all be back in school together.”

Michael Heaphy of Heaphy Aggregates and Light Haulage. (44366750)
Michael Heaphy of Heaphy Aggregates and Light Haulage. (44366750)

Mr Heaphy, who has five grand-children and another one on the way, said: “It’s all about the technology these days and I’d hate to think that some children are missing out.

“Even if just one child benefits from the IPads then I’ll be happy.”

For more information on Heaphy Aggregates and Light Haulage, or anyone wanting a quote can call Mr Heaphy on 01553 765030 or 07945 768988.

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