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Residents Take Their Tablets


Care home residents have been left to their own devices at an Alnwick Care Home during the lockdown period but its a positive step thanks to a major donation by local Freemasons.

Residents Take Their Tablets


"The tablets have enabled residents who are self-isolating to communicate with their relatives and the outside world"
Gordon Craigs



Initially two computer tablets were donated by the Rotary Club of Alnwick to Abbeyfield House but when the benefits of using them were apparent to Chairman Jim Thompson he applied for a grant to Northumberland Mark Masons and was delighted to be able to purchase a further 22 devices thanks to their donation of more than £4000.

“We now have 24 tablets thanks to the Rotary Club of Alnwick and Mark Masons to allow residents to keep in touch with their families. We are a not for profit organisation and appreciate all the assistance we get especially at this challenging time when residents are in lock down and cannot meet with their families face to face. Each resident now has a communications tablet in their room allowing them to read books and run art and craft projects electronically as well as connecting with their families.” 

The tablets have greatly boosted the morale of both residents and staff and reduced the risk of spreading infection by not sharing devices. Many residents are learning about and using their tablets for the first time.

Gordon Craigs of the Northumberland Mark Masons was delighted to help Abbeyfield House.

 “The tablets have enabled residents who are self-isolating to communicate with their relatives and the outside world. Tablets are an ideal tool for the residents to use to write, read, paint and complete puzzles during their isolation.”

 Abbeyfield House is a not for profit organisation. It is open to all and has a mixture of social care and privately funded residents. 

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