Newport IT firm donates bespoke computers to charity

A technology company based in Newport has donated six computers designed to help people with learning difficulties to a local charity.

A2Z Computing is the creator of a hybrid PC called the Fizzbook Duo, which functions as both a tablet and laptop in the education sector. It’s widely used in special needs schools.

Based near the Chepstow Road area of the city, the firm has made a donation to non-profit organisation Mencap. It works with people with conditions such as Autism and Down’s Syndrome.

Speaking about donation, company director Az Ashraf said: “Even when we were developing the product, we wanted it to make a difference to the lives of those who need a little extra support, as well as help those immediate family members who are keen to aid their learning.

“We wanted to make a difference to the local community, too, and that is where Mencap comes in. We hope the Fizzbook Duos can help make a difference to those people currently being supported by the charity and its fantastic team.”

Bev Harvey, assistant service manager at Mencap Chepstow, thanked the firm for the computers and said they’ll allow her team to help even more people.

“We are so pleased to have such a positive relationship with Az and his team at A2Z and we are incredibly grateful of the donation of six Fizzbooks, they have gone over and above for us here at Chepstow Mencap,” she said.

“The kind donation of these computers will make a big difference for the people who use our facilities at The Berkeley and it means that we can use them anywhere in the building, for all sorts of activities.

“Everything from literacy and numeracy skills, to researching the internet, the Fizzbooks are portable, tough, and user friendly – and we can’t wait to make great use of them.”

Talking about the development of the computer, Ashraf added: “The Fizzbook Duo was designed to fit in with a range of lifestyles.

“The simple transition from laptop to tablet mode ensures that the device is usable in any setting; whether that be in the car, sat in a doctor’s surgery or on the sofa.

“The Fizzbook Duo has up to eight hours of battery life once in tablet mode; making nighttime and weekend learning accessible at relative ease.”