Live-in care staff at A Class Care’s have vowed to complete 280,000 steps during Mental Health Awareness Week to raise funds for clients who are experiencing loneliness during the lockdown.
The care team at the provider’s Bedford branch hope to raise £500 to purchase iPads and Facebook Pods that will connect clients with their loved ones.
Eight members of staff have taken on the task during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until May 24, and will be working alongside Mind to help raise awareness of mental health issues among the elderly.
“During the COVID pandemic, we have recognised that a number of our clients have experienced extreme loneliness and families have felt an extreme level of guilt and anxiety with not being able to see or care for their loved ones,” Mercy Canning, company director of A Class Care, told Bedford Independent.
“Research has shown that loneliness or being estranged from a person’s loved one can cause a number of physiological and emotional health issues; including Alzheimer’s, cognitive disease, anxiety and depression.
“If we can work together to raise awareness of this especially during this time and we can raise enough money to purchase iPads to keep people connected we will be doing our service to our community.”
You can donate to the fundraiser here.