Local charity delighted to be launching Christmas Care Home Cardathon again this year

By Jessica Durston - 11 November 2021

  • Just a small portion of the cards sent last year

    Just a small portion of the cards sent last year

The Care Home Volunteers Charity are encouraging members of the public to send Christmas cards to care home residents this December.

  • Previous boxes of cards and gifts from Care Home Volunteers

    Previous boxes of cards and gifts from Care Home Volunteers

The charity says after the phenomenal response to last year's appeal, over 2500 cards were delivered to residents in care homes across Wiltshire and Swindon.

Members of the public are being invited to send Christmas cards that will be collected and taken to residents in local care homes. Care Home Volunteers says for many residents this will be the only card they receive from someone in the community this year.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "To be part of something that shows how much we care is really special and the cards, their kind words and warm wishes make a world of difference to the lives of these wonderful people."

People are asked to send cards by 6 December to Care Home Volunteers c/o First City House, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, 114, Darby Close, Swindon, Wilts, SN2 2QG.

The cards can be addressed generally to the resident, or friend or just left blank. 

Care Home Volunteers recruits, trains and supports volunteer befrienders who spend time with residents in care homes. It says many of the people befriended have no other visitors.

During the restrictions to visitations brought into care homes by covid-19, Care Home Volunteers have written over 1500 cards to residents, taken part in virtual visits and fundraised to provide over 50 tablet devices to care homes so that residents can have virtual visits with their friends, families and Befrienders.

More information about the charity can be found at https://www.carehomevolunteers.org.uk/

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