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Amazon donation lights up children's charity

Tuesday 23 February 2021

A charity that supports children who are taken into emergency foster care has received a donation of £1,000 from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes.

Ted’s Light provides children across the South and South East of England with gifts such as a teddy bear and night light – gifts which can provide emotional support.

Speaking on the donation, David Tindal Site Lead at Amazon Milton Keynes, said:


“Ted’s Light does amazing work with children who are going through a life-changing experience, and it’s great to support their efforts with this donation. The charity’s staff and volunteers do important work in our community, bringing reassurance to a child entering unfamiliar surroundings.”

Matthew Campbell-Hill, Chair and Chief Bear Wrangler, Ted’s Light, added:

“We would like to say a big thank you to David and the team at Amazon in Milton Keynes for this
welcome donation. In an average year, 30,000 young people enter the care system, but in the past 12 months, the extra stresses caused by covid have seen this demand rise by a further 44%, stretching resources terribly.

When many children enter care, all they have is a black bin liner with essentials such as a toothbrush and clothing, so being able to provide them with something new that they can hug and play with to bring a sense of security is essential. Donations like this really do help us to support even more children with love and care during an incredibly daunting time.”

The donation was made as part of the “Amazon in the Community” programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

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

 

Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast and delivering over 2 million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.

For more information on how Amazon is supporting the UK during COVID-19, click here.