The very poignant reason people are donating phones and tablets to the NHS

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With the coronavirus pandemic requiring us all to stay at home, it's been harder to spend time with loved ones. And NHS wards are particularly affected by this.

As a result of this, the NHS has seen an increase in donations to support those in need.

Among these are dozens of tablets and mobile phones with audio and visual call capabilities.

A new Facebook group called the NHS Kindness Wishlist (opens in new tab) has gained over 16,000 members in less than two weeks.

People have happily provided donations to the NHS to support both staff and patients during this time.

Welsh resident Sara Platt set up the group, and revealed, "It's just grown and grown and now we help all hospitals in Wales".

She added, "It started with tea, coffee, biscuits, sweets, which went on to tablets, phones, toothpaste, hand sanitiser and tooth brushes."

Tragically, people in hospital or care homes have passed away without seeing family due to heavy restrictions placed on wards across the country.

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Sara explained, "If they can get a tablet or a mobile phone, it allows people to speak to their family before they die.

"We had an emergency request the other day. Two nurses contacted me and they were really emotional because their patients couldn't see their family before they die.

"We put a post up and five tablets and five phones were sent the next day."

Sara was inspired to start the Facebook page after her one-year-old son Kohan was rushed to hospital with suspected coronavirus.

After finding out he wasn't infected, she wanted to continue the group to help others and now creates "wish lists" with suggestions for NHS donations.

NHS Kindness Wishlist is active daily, with people doing what they can to donate.

As well as essential supplies, treats such as Easter eggs were distributed to patients during the bank holiday weekend.

Lucy Buglass

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and Whattowatch.com. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.