2020 IS OVER AND WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THANK
Tracey beautiful articulates why From Me to you exists.
When Brian and Alison started From Me to You their hope was that people would use a simple letter to tackle the social isolation experienced by many of those living with cancer. Over the last 4 years the charity has gone on to do far more than that and now strangers, friends and family are all offering support and comfort via cards and letters.
In this our trickiest of years, remembering why we initially began the charity has helped to overcome all the challenges that 2020 has posed.
Here are some of our achievements:
In March we quickly devised ways for people to safely send letters involving quaratine processes and having photographed letters sent to us via email.
Through the year we have distributed over 7,000 donated letters
1,100 volunteers have signed up to our Donate A Letter scheme
We have added 7 new outlets for our letters, bringing the total number of hospitals, cancer centres and homes receiving donated letters to 18.
We launched our Happy Box making it easier for those living with cancer to ask for a supportive letter.
We collaborated with New Perspective Theatre to give 75 people living with cancer the joy of a play through their letterbox
We ran Family Letter Writing Challenge and Big Letter Write to inspire more people to connect.
Through lockdowns we shared daily letter writing prompts on social media
We delivered over 1,600 Christmas cards and letters to those spending the festive period in hospital.
Inspired thousands of people to connect with friends and family via a letter.
Raised money so that no one pays a penny for our services
In 2021 we know that isolation will again be at the forefront of people's lives and we have plans to ensure that letters and connections are made as inspiring as possible. Participation in online letter writing workshops are the top of the list. Watch this space.