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Connecting residents with loved ones
Residents across Strode Park Foundation’s homes are now able to connect better with their families thanks to a successful iPad and tablet appeal.
The charity, which has homes in Herne, Canterbury, Faversham and Rainham, put out an appeal at the beginning of lockdown in March for donations of unwanted devices or donations towards new devices.
In just a couple of months there has been a tremendous response from the local community with more than 15 devices being donated that have been restored and ready for reusing. There has also been a number of donations from the public and a £4,000 grant awarded from the Rooney Foundation Fund via Kent Community Foundation. This has allowed Strode Park Foundation to buy 22 new devices, which will be shared across all of the sites.
Special thanks also goes to Rosie Duffield MP and Sir Roger Gale MP for sharing the appeal with their constituents and also BBC Radio Kent who broadcast the appeal for us.
Director of Fundraising and Communications, Karen Jeal, said: “When we launched this appeal we had a very limited number of devices across all six of our sites. We have been so thankful for the response and help we have received. It really will ease the anxiety and distress among residents now they can regularly speak to their family, friends and loved ones. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, it’s made a massive difference to so many lives right now.”