Bedfordshire Charity Benefits from Amazon Donation

  • A Bedfordshire children and family charity has received a donation of £5,000 from the Amazon fulfilment centre team in Dunstable to help it continue to support the local community during COVID-19.

The donation was made after a member of the Amazon team nominated Home-Start to benefit from a special COVID-19 support initiative as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

The charity helps young children and their families who are struggling with physical and mental ill-health, disabilities, bereavement and domestic abuse and plans to use the donation to continue providing its services during COVID-19.

Amazon in Dunstable has a long association with Home-Start, having previously supported the charity with donations in 2016 and 2018.

Speaking on the donation, Ruzanna Sargsyan, General Manager at Amazon in Dunstable said:

“We’re proud to support organisations that are making a real difference in our community like Home-Start. Its staff and volunteers have been a great support to the people in Dunstable and those across Bedfordshire during COVID-19 and we want to lend a helping hand with this donation.”
Carole Wee, who nominated Home-Start to receive the donation, said:

“Home-Start is a charity close to my heart and I am pleased that it has been chosen to receive this donation from Amazon. I hope that it gives the staff and volunteers a boost during what continues to be a challenging year.”

Linda Johnson, Chief Executive of Home-Start, said:

“Like all charities, our services have never been needed more than they are now. Amazon’s support is hugely appreciated and will enable us to continue to reach and help people in our community. Thank you to Ruzanna and the team in Dunstable for this donation.”

Community donations are one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, Amazon has teamed up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to help deliver more than three and a half million healthy breakfasts to disadvantaged children around the UK. The company has also provided students with free online STEM resources and supported virtual classrooms with no-cost resources.

Amazon established an on-site COVID-19 testing programme for front-line workers to help keep employees and customers safe during the pandemic.

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