Major thank you as #KindleKindness campaign sees 150th delivery

Dozens of people have been shown some #KindleKindness – as our campaign to ease isolation and loneliness during the coronavirus crisis hit a major milestone.

Thanks to donations from across the borough, 150 Kindleshave now been handed out to care homes and the Women’s and Children’s Centre atthe Princess Royal Hospital.

A major wave of deliveries has taken place this week –thanks to generous donations from the pubic, businesses and town and parishcouncils.

The Kindles have been handed out in a bid to give those whohave been unable to have visitors during the crisis.

The devices all come with the Telford & Wrekin Councillibrary app – giving users access to a huge array of books and other readingmaterials.

The huge push comes after a raft of major contributionsincluding from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, TheJenny Wynn Foundation and The Local Policing and Community Ambassador’s Fund.

Major donations have also been made by Lawley and OverdaleParish Council, Newport Town Council, Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council,Wellington Town Council, St Georges & Priorslee Parish Council, GreatDawley Town Council, Madeley Town Council, Donnington & Muxton ParishCouncil, Haygate Developments Limited, SJ Roberts Homes, the AceOn Group andIronbridge & Severn Gorge Lions Club.

We want to thank them - and everybody else – who has madegenerous donations to the fund as we now aim to break the 200 barrier.

Councillor Paul Watling, Cabinet Member for CooperativeCommunities, Engagement and Partnerships, said: "As we pass this majormilestone in the #KindleKindness campaign it is only right that we thank allthose who are making this possible.

"We have had generous donations from all over the boroughand further afield and I cannot thank them enough.

"I have seen first-hand this week how grateful homes are toreceive the Kindles. They are easing isolation and providing hours ofentertainment.

"We have been welcomed by all and it is all thanks to thosewho have donated. Every penny counts.”

Councillor Raj Mehta, Building Bridges lead, added: "Theoverwhelming reaction from town and parish councils, businesses and the publichas ensured that we have managed to help out the hospital and 40 care homesalready so I want to say a huge thank you.

"But we are not finished yet, the deliveries will continueas long as you keep supporting us.”

To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/kindlekindness




Date: 22 May 2020 | Source: Telford Council

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