Sheffield Chamber Charity of the Year, SCCCC, puts out appeal for support.

13th February 2019

60 key safes need engraving so they don't get lost and can be reused.

Help us support isolated older people in Sheffield. A keysafe can mean the difference between getting home to your loved one, your own bed, your pet. Many older people who have recently been in hospital may not be able to care for themselves once they are discharged. This is when care packages are put in place to support them. The key safe is a secure way of storing a key outside the property for health workers and family members to gain access to the property if the person is immobile and cannot easily answer the door. In some cases not having a key safe fitted has resulted in a delay in the discharge of a patient which causes bed blocking and can cost the NHS up to £300 per night. Our temporary key safes are like large padlocks, they are put in place for up to 6-8 weeks. These key safes are loaned out free to service users, but cost our charity £30 each to buy. We loaned out 590 keysafes in 2018 and this number is increasing. However, if a permanent key safe is then fitted on the property or no longer needed, we will pick them up. Unfortunately, some of these key safes are going missing as there is no permanent way to identify them as property of SCCCC other than a crude white pen mark with our contact number which eventually rubs off. If we could have the keysafes engraved with a contact number and our charity name SCCCC on then we wouldn't lose so many. We are asking if there is an engraving company who may be able to help. Please contact Sarah Wigston at SCCCC if you can help: 0114 2505293.

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