Books for Dad

When our Dad went onto a ventilator with Covid, one of the hardest aspects was the inability to communicate. Even when a loved one is unconsious, just being able to be there is everything. So we started thinking how we could make some kind of connection. Our Dad raised us to love words, and always said what he’d find hard about a long hospital stay would be lack of mental stimulation. Since Sam reads audiobooks, there was the suggestion he could read something and maybe we could get some kind of recording device to the hospital. The doctors on the ward suggested this might be something that all of the recovering patients could benefit from - at which point we started the conversation with Audible that has led to the Whittington trial and on.

We are aiming to provide as many recovering Covid Patients as possible with Kindle devices loaded with audio content to provide some stimulation and relief during difficult and isolated recoverys.

We’ve partnered with Audible UK, and British Airways to bring the devices to hospital trusts.

Right now we have 20 Kindles at the Whittington Hospital in North London. So far this trial run has been a success and patients have found having the devices has been a really positive experience for them while recovering. We are hoping to expand quickly to some larger London hospitals, then eventually as many hospitals around the country as we can.

What your donation will go towards:

We don't yet know how many devices Audible or Amazon may be able to provide so it's a little up in the air. Then we have legal fees to register as a charity, administration costs, transport for delivery and materials.

We should be clearer on this in the next few days so do check back!

Nicky and Sam Woolf

An update  5th May

It's been a tough few weeks. We were told a fortnight ago that our Dad was extremely unlikely to ever wake up, and the time was now to think about withdrawing any life support. 

During the few days we were saying our goodbyes, another brain wave scan showed a slight improvement, though still not much. Since then Geoff has regained some level of awareness and is responding to some commands with some head movement. 
He is still in a critical condition and with the strokes that he has had alongside the Covid, any recovery will be extremely slow and we don't know what functions he will regain. However, it is a long way away from where we were weeks ago. His doctors have been more surprised than we were that he has woken up even a little!

PROJECT update

Today we delivered 50 more kindles to UCLH, and on Monday we'll get 50 to Guy's and St Thomas's as well as 30 more for the Whittington. 

And we'll keep going!

Sam and Nicky
  • Deborah Gaunt 
    • £50 
    • 6 mos
  • Elizabeth Little 
    • £50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 7 mos
  • Sarah Wadham 
    • £20 
    • 10 mos
  • Beth Hesler 
    • £2,000 
    • 10 mos
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Sam Woolf 
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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