Free Christmas Postage to Care Homes

Adele Hayes, local campaigner, is calling on the Royal Mail to allow people to send cards and parcels to loved ones in care homes for free for the rest of the year.

The Coronavirus outbreak has left many of the 400,000 people who live in care homes cut off from contact with their loved ones.

Introducing free postage would be a big comfort for many people - helping family and friends keep in touch during what could be a lonely time.

Add your name to the letter to the Royal Mail:

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of the saddest things during the Coronavirus outbreak has been the way that people who live in care homes have been cut off from many forms of communication and contact.

Letters and parcels from loved ones delivered via the Royal Mail have been a God send during this time but, as we head into a second wave of infections and more restrictions coming into force, we need to do more to keep that vital contact.

The Irish postal service An Post has announced it will carry letters, large envelopes, packets and parcels up to 2kg addressed to residents in nursing and care homes for free until January 31.

I believe it would be a great idea for something similar to be done here in the UK. It would help cement people's view that the Royal Mail has played a big part in keeping family and friends in contact during what has been such a lonely time for so many.

I urge you to consider following the lead your colleagues in Ireland and introduce free deliveries to care homes in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.

Yours sincerely,
Adele Hayes


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