Local home care company's 'Santa-gram' campaign brings cheer to hundreds this year

By Jessica Durston - 22 December 2021

  • Donations Home Instead received from local people and businesses

    Donations Home Instead received from local people and businesses

Home care company, Home Instead Swindon has been spreading cheer this Christmas with the success of its ‘Santa-gram’ gift giving campaign.

Drove Primary School was one of many to take part in the campaign

Launched back in November, the campaign asked local people, groups and businesses to donate small gifts or cards that would fit inside an A4 envelope.

These donations were then packed up into ‘Santa-gram’ envelopes and distributed to older people in the area who may not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

A range of people and organisations took part, including

  • Brimble Hill School
  • Oliver Tomkins School
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary & Nursery School
  • Rodbourne Cheney School
  • Shaw Ridge School
  • Tregoze School
  • Noremarsh Junior School
  • St Bartholomews School
  • Broad Hinton School
  • Abbey Meads Primary
  • Uplands School
  • Drove Primary
  • Wantage CofE School
  • Highworth Warneford School
  • 1st Lyneham Rainbows
  • Waitrose
  • Staff at The Range
  • Staff at Asda Walmart
  • UTAX
  • Checkmore Limited & Denton and Gibson Limited
  • Freeholders of Shrivenham100
  • Vale and Downland Museum
  • McTaffs Cafe 

As well as all the organisations listed above, a number of members of the public also took part. The total number of items donated exceeded 3,400.

This year's turnout meant that the campaign was able to donate over 370 Santa-grams to older people who may feel isolated this year.

Rachel Jannaway, community engagement officer at Home Instead Swindon said: “We have been so overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community this year. From puzzle books, cards and letters- our local community gave in high numbers, and your donations have been so greatly appreciated by older people this year.

“It has been a tough 18 months for all of us, but especially elderly people who have suffered the most from being unable to see friends and family for long periods. With all of the kind donations this year, we will remind them that we are thinking of them this Christmas and hopefully bring a smile to their faces!”

Home Instead’s ‘elves’ distributed the gifts to people at Cobbett Court, Parsonage Court, Faringdon Day Centre, The October Club and members of Swindon Seniors Forum.

Home Instead Swindon provides care to older people within their own homes throughout the local area, including companionship, personal care, home help and dementia care.

More information about Home Instead, their Christmas campaign or the home care services and careers they provide, can be found by calling 01793 988537 or visiting https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/swindon/.

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