London Rainbow collect donated devices and distribute through health and care services to people isolated by Covid-19 

Do you have an old tablet or phone lying around unused? If so, you can help people in London who have been cut off from family, friends and support services due to Covid-19.

London Rainbow is a local community organisation, which started at the end of March in response to hospitals having to stop in-person visits. They work directly with doctors, nurses, carers and community workers to deliver repurposed donated devices (from the public) to where the need is greatest across our London health and care services. 

They have connected hundreds of patients to their loved ones, often during their last moments, across six London hospitals. Donated devices are also being used in a Covid-19 recovery trial at Charing Cross Hospital. 

Can you spare an old tablet or phone? 

London Rainbow can collect, restore and repurpose it quickly and get it to people in need. Fill in this form to arrange a drop-off or collection.

As the pressure is now easing on hospital wards, urgent requests for phones and tablets are coming from care homes and community services where isolation is still hindering services. 

Lockdown restrictions mean that when patients are discharged home, getting support from family, from community organisations or from the NHS requires being online. But many people do not have a way to get online at home. That is why London Rainbow are now working with a London-wide hospice, a care provider and an NHS support service to address this issue head on. 

They are delivering ready-to-use devices to the most isolated people in our communities – so they can keep in touch with loved ones, and access services that have moved online. 

London Rainbow urgently need your help to meet this demand. For those who haven’t been online before, feedback from our partners is that a tablet with a SIM card slot is the best option. 

To learn more about the progress of London Rainbow or make a financial contribution to cover running expenses, visit their page on Open Collective.

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