News is spreading fast about a big-hearted gesture from newbie publisher, Greyling Post which has made a pledge for every pack of cards bought, it will donate a pack of its cards to a residential care home.
Artist Mia Hague, who has been designing for card publishers under the Mia Hague Illustration brand for some time, decided she “wanted to do something a bit different” so set up Greyling Post, not only as “a platform for artists to design planet-friendly cards’, but also one which helps those in residential care homes draw on the therapeutic benefits of sending cards.
Once 20 packs are bought (from the Greyling Post website www.greylingpost.com), an equal number are packaged up with some pens and sent or delivered to a care home.
The news of this altruistic initiative is spreading, having been featured by the BBC (with Mia recently appearing on the Sophie Little Show on BBC Norwich) and in regional newspapers, with the care homes keen to champion to good work.
And the initiative is growing in ways that even Mia had not thought possible. “We’ve just posted a box of cards out to The Fed, a dementia home in the North West where the activity organiser there is in the process of teaming up with another care home so that the residents can have pen pals. Which is great news,” Mia Hague told PG Buzz.
Mia, her partner Jen and their beloved greyling, Wenys have also visited some of the care homes and been involved in card writing sessions and talking to the residents about the joy of sending and receiving cards.
“They’ve told us that it inspires them to remember and connect with people during the days when they see few visitors,” said Mia.
The boxes include a mix of birthday, blank, wedding, humorous, thank you and love designs. “We will put in a few LGBTQ designs too so residents can feel included, and so that they have suitable cards to post out to their friends and family in our growing and more accepting society,” adds Mia.
Top: Some of the residents in Amblecote Gardens care home in Salford enjoying a card writing session.