Nationwide Engineering Group Limited and Ekspan Limited have generously donated items to support those in hospital and care homes to limit the impact of social isolation during lockdown.
Nationwide Engineering Group, a construction-focused service provider, have donated 10 Amazon Fire HD10 tablets with Alexa to care homes across the borough.
The recipient care homes of these tablets are: Buckingham, Field View, Galtee More, Highgrove, Highstone Mews, Holly Tree Lodge, Parkside, Riverside, Rockley Dene Residential and Aspire – The Gate.
They have also given 15 Amazon Fire HD8 tablet cases, a high fidelity sleep machine, a kitchen bar counter table, two digital radio alarm clocks and 16 six-packs of reusable grocery bags to the Barnsley Hospital Charity to support staff and patient wellbeing.
Jane Mills, Charity Development Manager, said: “The donation is greatly appreciated and included items from our wishlist which staff had identified as making a difference to themselves and patients at this time. I would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity.”
Ekspan, meanwhile, donated two Amazon Fire HD10 tablets with Alexa to be distributed to the Highfield Farm and Ivy Mead care homes.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities added: “It is fantastic to see local companies wanting to help the community during this time.
“It’s important for people, particularly those who are vulnerable, to stay connected with their family and friends while they remain unable to see each other in person.
“Our thanks go to Nationwide Engineering Group and Ekspan Limited, whose donations will go a long way towards keeping patients in hospital and residents in care homes happy, healthy and with good mental health.
“We continue to operate a community responder scheme where volunteers can make calls for friendly chats to people that may not have strong support systems.
“If you or someone you know would like to receive contact from one of our volunteers, please call 01226 774444 or freephone 0808 196 3531.”