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Firm donates £2,000 as fund is launched to help primary school replace iPads stolen in break-in

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Moat PS principal Felicity Humphreys with pupils (from left) Carrie McCourt, Natasha Graham, Jamie Jennings and Lewis Clarke

Moat PS principal Felicity Humphreys with pupils (from left) Carrie McCourt, Natasha Graham, Jamie Jennings and Lewis Clarke

Moat PS principal Felicity Humphreys with pupils (from left) Carrie McCourt, Natasha Graham, Jamie Jennings and Lewis Clarke

A phone repair company has donated £2,000 and is fundraising to help replace 50 iPads stolen from a school.

IPhix, which has four locations in Northern Ireland, is donating the cash and is aiming to raise a further £6,500 to replace the iPads taken during a break-in at Moat Primary School in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.

The burglary occurred between 9pm and 10.30pm on Sunday.

Police found several of the stolen iPads close by in the Castle Balfour Park area, but they were in a badly damaged condition.

IPhix owner Justin Milligan has donated the £2,000, as well as launching a JustGiving crowdfunding page to raise enough cash to replace the stolen items.

The page had received more than £300 in donations by last night.

Principal Felicity Humphreys described developments as "very positive".

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"One or two businesses have come and there's a lot wanting to help," she said.

Aaron Skinner, corporate manager at iPhix, told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are working with a company called iTeach, and work with schools in Northern Ireland about how to get the most out of iPads

"We saw the story breaking and thought we would love to try and help. We worked a way that we could do something, getting refurbished iPads at cost price to us."

He said Ms Humphreys had been delighted by the response since the break-in.

"She said she has been overwhelmed by the nice messages of support," he added.

"Our connection came through iTeach, but the response has not just been local to Fermanagh, it's from across Northern Ireland as a whole.

"She is bowled over. For us it was a no-brainer. We see the benefit that the iPads have in schools.

"Justin and I both have kids and we know what it's like when kids don't have them (iPads).

"Our hope would be to get this raised and get the money in before the Christmas holidays."

IPhix repairs a wide range of devices, including phones, laptops and tablets.

Significant damage was done to Moat PS's premises before the burglars fled with the iPads, which the school had only recently taken possession of.

It has led to calls for school staff to be provided with support to combat the threat of valuable items being stolen.

Fermanagh-South Tyrone UUP MLA Rosemary Barton said: "I would ask the Education Authority to immediately contact schools in relation to the security of this equipment."


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