Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, has given away over 1000 puzzles to those in need and will be donating all profits from its Piecing Together collection to mental health charity, The Samaritans.
Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gibsons have seen a huge surge in demand for jigsaw puzzles as people are searching for pastimes that provide a digital detox and occupy the mind during isolation.
“None of us could have foreseen the current situation nor did we expect that the humble jigsaw would bring so much joy to people during this difficult time,” states Kate Gibson, Managing Director. “We feel honoured to be able to supply pastimes that make isolation a little easier and feel it’s our duty to give back to those who are at risk, vulnerable and are facing months of quarantine.”
Gibsons will be donating all profits made during lockdown from their Piecing Together jigsaw puzzle collection to The Samaritans. The charity was selected because they provide emotional support to anyone who is in distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. The Covid-19 crisis is the biggest challenge they have ever faced, so the donation will help them continue to provide aid even after the coronavirus pandemic.
The Piecing Together Collection was specifically designed for the elderly, or those with sight difficulties, or living with dementia. The extra-large pieces and nostalgic artwork evoke fond memories from years gone by, sparking reminiscence and conversations with loved ones. The jigsaws can be purchased from the Gibsons website and other online puzzle retailers.
Gibsons are also supporting other charities and organisations who are working tirelessly to support those in need by:
Teaming up with Age UK and donating 600 jigsaw puzzles to care homes and residential facilities around the country
Donating puzzles and games to children’s charity Stripey Stork and Elmore Community Services.
Donating extra-large piece puzzles to Elm House Care Home, Friendship at Home and Dementia Concern - organisations who all care for the elderly who are most at-risk.
Adding a donation button to their website, to encourage consumers to donate to either MIND, The Samaritans or #FEEDNHS when they check out.
The team have already received a fantastic response from their beneficiaries.
Mary from Elm House Care Homes says: “The residents are now confined to their rooms so having some puzzles the more able can do will really help them, as they are now isolated not only from family and friends but also from each other. Thank you so much, this will make a real difference.”
Tom Haynes, Elmore Community Services’ chief executive of states, says: “Elmore is continuing to support people with mental ill health and complex needs during this difficult time. Many of the vulnerable people we support are finding isolation and distancing challenging. That’s why this act of kindness from Gibsons is so timely and important. The donation of jigsaws and games will make a real difference to our clients. Not only will they be able to stay active, but because they are receiving the gifts as a donation, they will be so touched by the gesture and the generosity of Gibsons.”