Tablet computers donated to residents of local care home by St Andrew’s church
Residents of Cheverton Lodge, a care home in North London, are now able to contact family and friends more easily thanks to its local church, St Andrew’s, who led a fundraising effort amongst its parishioners to provide tablet computers.
Double the number of residents will now be able to connect with their loved ones thanks to St Andrew’s, with two second-hand devices donated and money raised for three new devices. Prior to the fundraising effort, Cheverton Lodge had one device to share between its residents.
The initiative is one of a number led by St Andrew’s and its Vicar, the Revd Steve Clarke, to support local residents during the coronavirus pandemic. It is running virtual versions of its regular weekday and weekend services, where there has been significant online attendance, and providing practical support by actively participating in its local mutual aid group where, together with local residents, it is coordinating the delivery of essential goods and providing services in the Whitehall Park area.
The Revd Steve Clarke, Vicar of St Andrew’s Whitehall Park, said:
“In response to the recent lockdown, St Andrew’s Whitehall Park wanted to continue to be a loving presence in our community. We have a longstanding relationship with our local care home and thought it only right to do what we can to support its residents, many of whom have family members in the parish. With their devices in-hand, they will now be only a click away from their loved ones.
“I was pleased but not at all surprised to see our Crowdfunder receive so much generous support from the congregation and wider community. It is but one example of how the community has stepped up to support one another in this hour of need.”