Pharmacy offers Helping Hand with TV switchover

Launching the digital switchover Helping Hand scheme are Laurence Nicholson, Gordons; Jo-Anne Crossley; and Tom wallace from the Help Scheme. INNT 36-682-CON
Launching the digital switchover Helping Hand scheme are Laurence Nicholson, Gordons; Jo-Anne Crossley; and Tom wallace from the Help Scheme. INNT 36-682-CON

A PHARMACY chain is helping older and disabled customers with the digital switchover.

The Newtownabbey branch of Gordons Chemists has pledged to lend a Helping Hand by spreading the word about the practical help available from the Switchover Help Scheme.

With only five weeks to go to switchover, manager Laurence Nicholson and his colleagues are urging local residents to follow in their footsteps and lend a Helping Hand by thinking of someone they know that may need help switching to digital and telling them about the Switchover Help Scheme.

Laurence said: “Gordons Chemists is delighted to support the Helping Hand campaign and over the next few weeks we will be distributing Help Scheme pharmacy bags throughout all of stores to pass on Help Scheme contact details and remind people that there is help available with switchover.

“We know that television is important for everyone and whilst most people will find switching to digital easy, older and disabled members of the community may struggle. That’s why we want everyone to join us in lending a Helping Hand and let their friends, family and neighbours know about the help available.”

Northern Ireland will begin to switch to digital on October 10. Eligible people have been posted a Help Scheme information pack explaining the offer and will be getting a follow-up reminder letter. However, Laurence and his colleagues from Gordons Chemists are urging everyone who has already switched to digital to reach out to those older and disabled people they know who may still need help, and have not yet made contact with the Help Scheme.

Help Scheme representatives are holding events across the region to help spread the Helping Hand message. The nearest is at Carrickfergus Library, Joymount Court, during library hours throughout September.

To find out more visit www.helpscheme.co.uk/northernireland/events