A very BIG thank you to everyone who has taken part in our #onemorecard campaign this Christmas to help tackle loneliness in our communities. Please don’t stop sending cards; could you join me in one last push in the final week before the big day to reach out to as many lonely older people as possible by getting your friends, family and work colleagues involved.
Our #onemorecard campaign, now in its second year, was instigated when Harry Winters, a 96 year-old veteran from Streatham, South London admitted to feeling lonely and isolated last Christmas to his friend Jules Walker. Jules subsequently put a call out on social media asking for people to lift his spirits and send Harry a Christmas card. The phenomenal response saw Harry inundated with close to 500 cards from well wishers across the globe.
Harry, who has received cards again this year thanks to the campaign, says: “I think if people know some lonely older people in the world, if they could send them a Christmas card to brighten up their days it really would make quite a difference.”
Impact so far
The thousands of cards you’ve sent so far represent many small acts of kindness, each chipping away at loneliness this festive season. The campaign is still going strong and we’re encouraging you to continue hand delivering your cards right up until Christmas day. Combatting loneliness isn’t just for Christmas, but it’s a great place to start, don’t you think?
Acts of kindness in numbers
We’ve printed 3000 cards to distribute to schools, Scouts and Guides groups and after school clubs across Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Westerham and Canterbury. Orders for cards have also come in from London, Northumberland, Salisbury, Dartford and from schools in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Sussex. Schools in Thanet, Margate and Lancashire also took part, documenting their active involvement across social media.
Businesses are encouraging their staff to get involved, participating companies so far include: Consultus Nursing and Care (Tonbridge), Ashridge Home Care (Buckinghamshire), Wells Associates (Tunbridge Wells), AV Trinity (Tunbridge Wells), Warners Solicitors (Tonbridge), the-recipe caterer (London), Chick n Sours Restaurants (London), CHIK’N restaurant (London).
There have been 500 views of the #onemorecard campaign page in the first week of December with schools and children’s writing clubs downloading a print-off version of the Close to Hand card design.
We’ve had over 13,000 views of #onemorecard videos on Facebook.
Still time to get involved
These numbers are great and we’ve been humbled by the response, but we’re greedy when it comes to gobbling up loneliness; we want even more isolated older people to receive cards this year.
Have you put a post on social media yet featuring your #onemorecard and nominating three friends to do the same? If not, we’d really appreciate it if you could take 2 minutes to do it. Check out our video to see how easy it is.
Share your stories with us
Have you seen first hand how your #onemorecard has made a difference to a lonely older person? We’d love you to tell us about it and send us pictures of your card displayed in their home.