Generous donations help Teesside fight against Coronavirus
An appeal by a Teesside business magazine has resulted in a group of big-hearted local firms making generous donations of more than £5,500 in the fight against coronavirus.
Tees Business joined forces with local charity Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to back an appeal to fund the purchase of iPad Minis for COVID wards in Teesside hospitals, hospices and care homes to allow them to stay in touch and, in some cases, say their last goodbyes to family and friends.
Such was the appeal’s success that the Foundation will be able to direct surplus funds from the iPad appeal to other COVID-related causes including PPE for frontline workers and shopping vouchers for Teesside families struggling to put food on the table during the crisis.
Tees Business not only donated the funds to purchase two iPad Minis – but directors Dave Allan and Martin Walker also put out an appeal to their clients that resulted in an incredible response from local businesses.
Following the Tees Business call to action, further donations came in from local firms IMH, SABIC, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Baines Jewitt Chartered Accountants, Group Industrial, UKSE, ESCS, Wilton Centre, Jacksons Law Firm and HR Alchemy, with businessmen Richard Bendelow, Dominic Lusardi and James Pennington also helping out.
Dave, who also looks after the charity’s PR, approached a locally-based National Lottery winner who donated more than £13,000 more to be shared between the iPad appeal, a Shopping Vouchers Appeal for vulnerable local families and other important Covid-19-related issues.
It’s all gone into a pot that had already been boosted by several generous firms and individuals including PD Ports, PX Group, Communicate Technology and Racz Group.
Dave said: “Teesside is a special place, full of givers and truly generous companies – and this proves it.
“Even when they themselves are suffering amid a crisis that is affecting us all, these amazing local companies and the people behind them were ready and willing to dig deep to help others.
“It was something Martin and I really had to do. The Philanthropic Foundation is a charity close to our hearts. We’re proud to back them as members of their Infant Hercules Charity Club and this was a chance to do our bit in the local fight against coronavirus.”
Debbie Coulson, Teesside’s Hospice’s head of fundraising and marketing, said: "We were delighted to receive the iPads which will be used in our in-patient unit.
“Due to current circumstances we have restricted visitors and as you can imagine when someone close to you is nearing the end of their life and you are unable to be with them, how dreadfully sad this is for everyone involved.
“The iPads will be a vital link for our patients to their families and we are really grateful for this generous donation and the difference it has made to the hospice."
The iPads were delivered to the hospitals and hospices by volunteers from local charity Bloodrun with Stockton firm iStation selling the devices at cost with no charge for configuring them ready for use, while also inscribing the logos of the companies on the back of the iPads.
Donations – of any size, large or small – can be made to the Foundation’s ongoing coronavirus appeal by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button on the charity’s website www.teessidecharity.org.uk