Tees Valley businesses have been praised after answering a Tees Business appeal to help purchase iPad Minis to allow coronavirus victims can say their final farewells from local hospitals, hospices and care homes.
Teessiders have been dying alone unable to keep in contact with their loved ones.
Inspired by charity Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, Tees Business agreed to purchase two iPads to allow Covid-19 patients to stay in touch with family and friends.
And we asked our clients and fellow Tees businesses to support the appeal – with an incredibly positive response within less than 24 hours.
Donations have been promised by friends and clients of Tees Business to purchase 25 much-needed iPad Minis.
Those who responded to the Tees Business appeal included Cornerstone Business Solutions, SABIC, Industrial Marine Hydraulics (IMH), Baines Jewitt, UKSE, HR Alchemy, Jacksons Law and digital ambassadors Richard Bendelow, Dominic Lusardi and James Pennington.
Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan said: “The response from our business contacts was both immediate and generous. It was typical of the amazing business community we have within the Tees region that they reacted in such a positive, inspiring manner.
“Tees Business couldn’t be prouder to have supported this appeal. We recently became members of the Philanthropic Foundation’s Infant Hercules Charity Club and this coronavirus appeal was a wonderful way to work closely with a charity that’s close to our hearts.
“Our thanks to all those who responded so positively and generously to create what is a hugely sad but also inspiring story.”
Several local businesses had already joined forces to buy iPad Minis for the palliative care ward at James Cook University Hospital.
Through a discounted offer by local firm iStation, the Philanthropic Foundation, Tees Business clients Racz Group and Communicate Technology, local BNI chapter Vision and iStation banded together to purchase 15 iPad Minis for James Cook, who now have enough following additional donations.
Tees Business clients PD Ports donated funds for a further 15, and the Pounder family raised over £4,000 towards more of the devices.
Since the initial appeal, other hospitals, hospices and care homes have raised the needs of their patients, so the iPad Minis will be much valued.
Each iPad Mini is being pre-loaded and configured by iStation with the necessary communication programmes and engraved on the back with the names of the donor companies.