Spare a thought for those alone

Do you remember when we used to meet with friends, chat and simply enjoy each other’s company? Some of us met in the pub, some shared a hobby, occasionally we’d have dinner together – at home or at a restaurant.

Those days will return. There will be shared laughter and memories again. Until then, what are you doing to keep in touch?

Isolation and loneliness are a real concern for many people at the moment. Thankfully most of us have technology to help. Where would we be without mobile phones, tablets, games consoles or laptops armed with Zoom, Facetime or House Party?

For the people we support, there is no phone, computer or device. There isn’t Wi-Fi. Isolation is a daily battle.

At ihAg, we’re using your kind donations to make a difference. Over the past two months, we have purchased and distributed over 30 mobile phones. They’re not fancy but they do ensure we stay in touch with those people most at risk of loneliness.

We have also created ‘boredom’ packs for residents in our accommodation to ensure they’re staying active and healthy.

The next time you gather with your friends online, why not jointly donate the cost of an evening’s entertainment to ihAg? We’ll use it to ensure no one is alone or lonely.

Spare a thought. Share a little and together we can make a difference.

Why not donate the cooking equipment, a recipe book or shopping vouchers to help them create the meal? Share a little, it will mean a lot.

Share a meal

We would love to hear your favourite low-cost recipe. Do you have a 'go-to' fail-proof meal, costing very little, using basic ingredients and anyone with limited cooking skills can make?

If so, please share it with us. We'll pass it on to our residents and your kindness will help others as they grow in confidence and build an independent life.

Why not donate the cooking equipment, a recipe book or shopping vouchers to help them create the meal? Share a little, it will mean a lot.

How to donate

Please telephone The Chapman Centre on 01473 232426 to arrange delivery of your donation.

Or you can easily donate as you shop using the following options:

Don’t forget, if you are a UK taxpayer please let us know as for every £1 you give, we can claim back 25p at no extra cost to you thanks to Gift Aid. Download and return a Gift Aid form by clicking here.

A wish list of donations

We are very grateful to the many people who continuously support ihAg with their kind and generous donations. Whilst the list below is not exhaustive, we do not accept bedding, sheets and warm coats as this encourages rough sleeping. 

We can only accept food within its best before date.

Tinned food

  • Tinned meals (chilli, macaroni cheese, curry)
  • Tinned meat (meatballs)
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned rice

Personal items

  • Small containers (travel size) hair shampoo and shower gel
  • Roll on deodorant – male and female
  • Basic mobile phones
  • Universal phone chargers/ any old phone chargers
  • Razors (male and female) and shaving gels
  • Shaving foam
  • Men’s boxers and women’s under garments (sizes 8-10)
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brushes/ combs

Food packets

  • Cuppa Soup or similar, Mugshots, instant packet noodles
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Cereal bars and energy bars
  • Small jars of instant coffee
  • Small bags or sachets of sugar
  • Long life and powdered milk
  • Instant hot drinks
  • Any food stuff not requiring cooking facilities and will not perish.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Small packets of face masks
  • Small containers of hand gel