The husband and wife founders of tech firm UKFast have donated £5m to a charitable trust set up to give a helping hand to disadvantaged young people.
Lawrence and Gail Jones, who set up the cloud hosting firm in 1999, are placing the funds directly into the UKFast Community and Education Trust, which seeks to improve the education, training and development opportunities available to young people experiencing poverty, abuse, discrimination, exclusion and neglect.
The trust also supports individuals and organisations looking after young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
In addition, UKFast is committing 5,000 volunteering hours annually to community projects through the trust and value-in-kind donations of the firm’s facilities including its 500-seat auditorium, which has hosted a series of free cinema screenings during the school holidays.
UKFast has invested nearly £10m in digital skills education programmes in the last decade, establishing partnerships with 60 schools across Greater Manchester and reaching 60,000 young people.
It has also funded a breakfast club at Holy Name RC Primary School and provided 22,310 meals for children across Greater Manchester as part of a Holiday Hunger initiative in 2018.