Samsung Pledges 1000 Letters of Love in Support of World Mental Health Day
LONDON, UK – 10th October 2020 – This year, Samsung UK has been working with its community engagement partner, Neighbourly to continue its volunteering commitment whilst employees are working remotely. Previously, Samsung staff have dedicated their time on projects that benefit the local community such as volunteering at foodbanks, visiting care homes, and redecorating community centres.
To allow employees to continue volunteering whilst working at home, Samsung employees across the company have been writing letters to provide companionship to older people and people experiencing homelessness, to help tackle social isolation and loneliness. The business has pledged to send at least 1,000 letters, which range from words of kindness to jokes, poems and even pressed flowers.
For Samsung, a company that is committed to connecting people, it is continuing to engage the workforce in providing companionship to those facing hardship, loneliness and social isolation. Volunteering from home has enabled employees to provide much needed connections and support to people, whilst adhering to social distancing. Employees who have taken part in the scheme have found it hugely rewarding and fulfilling.
Thomas Boston, Legal Counsel at Samsung UK, said: “It had a real effect on me too; it made me realise that even half an hour can make a difference to someone’s day or week, so why not do it more often. In times like these it’s so important to show compassion to people less fortunate than ourselves”.
Samsung UK’s Head of UX, Lorraine Donnington told us: “I’ve been writing letters to a lovely lady called Evelyn in a care home, she’s in her 70’s and she’s my pen pal. It doesn’t take too long and it’s always a pleasure to get a letter from her in the post. I’m really enjoying it and would recommend it”.
In support of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, and as we face the uncertainty of the months ahead, Samsung pledges to continue to play its part in providing compassion, kindness and connectivity.
Watch the reactions of employees of who took part and those who received letters here:
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