Extra boost to keep families in touch

Newstone House resident Rosemary Cottrell with the new tablet donated by AJ Bell
Newstone House resident Rosemary Cottrell with the new tablet donated by AJ Bell

Staff at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton have thanked a resident’s daughter for bringing in some extra help during lockdown.

Jenny Cottrell nominated the home as a worthy recipient of a free Huawei computer in a national charity initiative, the AJ Bell ‘tablet giveaway’. She thought it would be a fitting reward for the way staff support family and community connections.

Delighted to hear her bid was successful, Jenny said: “Newstone House deserves a gift. In normal times its doors are fully open to the community.  There are craft shows, ‘pub’ evenings, minibus trips, dog shows, screenings in the in-home cinema and lots of other activities that people from the area get involved in.”

Jenny, whose mother Rosemary lives at the home, added: “Newstone is already very well resourced and has been enabling Skype contact since March but an extra tablet will mean even more family contact time. The idea is that it’s used to connect people.

“I thought AJ Bell’s offer to distribute tablet devices to care homes was admirable.”

Team members have thanked Jenny for nominating the home. Liz Whittingham, Companionship Team Leader, said: “We’re doing all we can to help keep loved ones connected during this challenging period and it’s lovely that Jenny thought of us. We will treasure the tablet greatly.”

AJ Bell, a Manchester-headquartered investment platform, launched its tablet initiative for care homes and hospitals to help people who may be feeling isolated during lockdown.

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