Nationwide Building Society has been reaching out to support the local community from its base at Festival Place in Basingstoke.
Following an appeal by the Heatherside Rest Home in Hook, members of Nationwide’s Basingstoke, Alton and Crowthorne branches put pen to paper and wrote letters to lonely care home residents.
They have also been packing up parcels for Spotlight UK, a local charity supporting children and young people across the region, which has joined forces with Covid 19 Basingstoke to help the most vulnerable in the community get through the pandemic by supplying food parcels and hygiene products.
Nicole Peacock, Nationwide Basingstoke’s Senior Branch Manager, said her team would also be supporting Spotlight UK by collecting Easter eggs, which will be distributed to local families.
“When we saw the heartwarming appeal by the Heatherside Rest Home for pen pals for residents who have been feeling isolated during the pandemic, our staff decided they wanted to help,” said Nicole.
“At a time when Covid has left so many people feeling cut off and lonely, we thought this would be a lovely thing to be a part of, and letters have gone out from our Basingstoke, Alton and Crowthorne branches.
“Our staff have also come in on their own time to pack food parcels for the charity Spotlight UK and we will be also collecting Easter eggs for them, which will be delivered to local families in need to make them smile.
“It’s all about helping and supporting our community, and we have had a brilliant time getting involved.”
Neil Churchill, Centre Director at Festival Place, said “We consider ourselves to be at the heart of our local community, and are keen to encourage all our wonderful customers to support the Nationwide’s efforts to spread a little kindness in these difficult times.
“Anyone wanting to donate Easter eggs can come into the shopping centre to drop them at the building society, ready to pass on to Spotlight UK.”