By Andy Hirst, Special Correspondent
A project that brings happiness into people’s lives by sending letters or artwork needs your help.
Give … A Few Words was set up during the pandemic to give lonely and isolated people in Huddersfield – especially those in care homes – a nice surprise through the post. More details can be found HERE.
Founder Sharron Wilkinson says the service is loved by those who benefit from it and is asking people to take a few minutes out of their summer holidays to put pen to paper.
She said: “We are busy spreading positivity across Kirklees and are looking for lots of uplifting post we can send to others who need a little bit of cheer at this time.
“It could be words and a letter if that’s your thing or possibly a painting, drawing, your favourite poem, song lyrics or some arts and crafts – if they can fit in an envelope. Maybe a postcard from somewhere you have been to or an uplifting photograph. Every letter we receive makes a huge difference to someone else.”
All people have to do is write the letter for Give…A Few Words and Sharron will ensure it gets sent on to someone who will massively appreciate it. The project works with care homes, charities, voluntary groups and people living in the community all across Kirklees.
If you can help, simply fill in a simple online form HERE. It’ll take you a couple of minutes but you’ll make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Alternatively, phone 07498 818838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The project was recently sponsored for 12 months by healthcare provider Locala and is also supported by One Community. Supporters also include Lubrizol, Cummins, Ramsdens and Huddersfield Live.
Sharron said: “I’m delighted it has captured people’s imagination and now I can commit to growing and developing the initiative on a more permanent basis.”
More than 1,000 letters, arts and crafts have been sent to isolated people since it was set up. Feedback from letter writers, recipients, care homes and community organisations has been phenomenal.
* Written by former Huddersfield Examiner Head of Content ANDY HIRST who now runs his own Huddersfield-based agency AH! PR specialising in press releases, blogging and copywriting for business in Yorkshire and across the UK.