26 Nov 2020 01:41
Published by: Scott Callan

A children's charity based in Salford has received a donation of £2,000 from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Bolton as it continues its services following the impact of COVID-19.

The staff and volunteers at Barnardo's Independent Visitor Service in Salford received a £1,000 cash donation and a donation of products worth £1,000 from the Amazon team to help increase the reach of its services across the region.

Barnardo's Independent Visitors Service enables adult volunteers to befriend and develop long term friendships with young people in the care of Salford council, providing positive adult role models who can listen to the young person, meet regularly with them and enjoy activities together.

The Independent Visitors service is part of Salford Children's Rights Service that Barnardo's delivers, providing information, advice and advocacy support to children in care and enabling young people to have their views and wishes heard through the Children in Care Council.

The donation is part of a longstanding relationship between Amazon and Barnardo's. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon donated £10,000 to Barnardo's to help the charity during the early stages of lockdown.

In late 2019, Amazon donated £30,000 to Barnardo's and hosted STEM Christmas parties for children supported by the charity in dozens of Amazon buildings across the UK.

Speaking on the donation, Site Leader at Amazon Bolton, Nicolas Verdon said: "The team at Amazon is passionate about supporting the young people in our community and we jumped at the chance to make this donation to Barnardo's Independent Visitor Service in Salford. The work they do is needed now more than ever and they have our full support as they continue to have a positive impact on children across Salford."

Kate Hornsby, Children's Services Manager at Barnardo's added: "The impact of COVID-19 continues to be deeply felt by children in the Salford community and it's fantastic to get this support once again from the Amazon team. The financial and product donations are hugely appreciated by everyone at the Barnardo's services and will enable us to continue offering services to the young people who need us most."

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 1.4 million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.

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