The Business Travel Association is spearheading a drive to donate used technology to state schools and pupils who are most in need.

The new initiative is being run with national charity Business2Schools.

BTA partners, members, and the entire business travel community will be encouraged to donate their used computers and appliances to pupils in need in the third national lockdown at a time when between 1.1 million and 1.8 million children do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home.

Business2Schools works with more than 850 schools across the UK to provide pre-owned PCs, furniture and other amenities.

BTA chief executive Clive Wratten said: “The BTA is delighted to be partnering with Business2Schools to give them the fundamental support they deserve.

“We have always sought to nurture the talent of our future generation, and this has never felt more important than now.

“We are really hoping that the business travel industry can make one of the biggest combined donations to this amazing charity as we all come together in the fight against Covid-19.”

The charity’s chief executive Lindsey Parslow added: “As the third national lockdown continues, there are increasing fears pupils and schools will be left laptop-less, putting their education at severe risk.

“That is why we are thrilled to be working in tandem with the BTA, to give pupils the crucial equipment they need throughout these difficult and unprecedented times.

“Together we can make an ethical and positive contribution to schools, creating better opportunities in the future for children in the UK.”