To celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day, Funeral Partners has donated computer tablets to help care home residents and schoolchildren “stay connected with their families and their learning during lockdown restrictions”.
The donations were made from the businesses’ Northern Irish branches, with the group giving away Amazon Fire 7 tablets that it had previously ordered for its 17 sites.
John Gray and Co, located in Bangor, County Down, chose to gift the tablet to Sir Samuel Kelly Home, a care home run by the Salvation Army.
Barbara Wilson, senior funeral arranger at the branch said that “many people have suffered from not being able to see those closest to them, especially elderly individuals who may not be too familiar with the benefits of modern technology”.
Sharon Boyd, manager at Sir Samuel Kelly Home, said: “The tablet John Gray and Co donated was a really kind and thoughtful gesture which has greatly enhanced the lives of many residents at the home.
“As well as connecting with loved ones, several residents who are visually impaired are able to listen to audiobooks on the tablet or make the font larger to help them continue to read.”
She added: “For other residents, the technology has been used for music which, for people living with dementia, can offer distraction or calming environment when they are distressed.”
Funeral Partners is the UK’s third largest funeral business with more than 200 funeral homes staffed by over 650 funeral professionals, serving communities across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.