In December 2020, we took part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time to tackle digital exclusion among the people we support. Following a week of virtual events, support from Love Actually and The Queen’s Gambit star Thomas Brodie Sangster, our brilliant supporters and our Champion Funder The Reed Foundation, we were able to raise £5,458.
This incredible total has already helped us to purchase several digital devices for people we support to enjoy. Some of the items purchased included video game consoles, iPads, cameras, smart speakers and TVs.
Many of the people we support have been shielding since the start of the pandemic and as a result, have been unable to see their loved ones over the past year, which has been incredibly tough. With your support, our teams have purchased several iPads, which have been a lifeline for many families who are now able to see their loved ones through video calls. Not only this, but these devices have allowed our teams to capture special moments and achievements for people we support, enabling the people to feel closer to their loved ones.