World Calligraphy Day 2020 has been launched by Manuscript Pen Company – with a special request in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The company is continuing the #SaySomethingSpecial campaign from last year, but shifting its focus from children and young people to older folk who may be feeling particularly isolated at the moment.
This year, to mark the fourth annual event, Manuscript is urging people to send handwritten letters to care homes to help combat the impact of loneliness from Covid-19.
World Calligraphy Day brings together experts and novices from around the world to discuss, practice, learn and celebrate the art of calligraphy and creative lettering.
Manuscript is launching #SaySomethingSpecial to encourage people across the UK to learn a new skill, adopt traditional practices and to send handwritten notes and letters to be shared with care homes residents.
With many elderly residents now allowed to receive a regular visitor, in line with the latest Government guidance, and many families still hesitant due to the ongoing risk of Coronavirus, Manuscript hopes its campaign will help to bridge the gap and bring some joy to residents.
Charlie Stockbridge, managing director at Manuscript Pen Company, said: “To celebrate the fourth annual World Calligraphy Day and following the success of previous years working in conjunction with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we’d like to continue to theme of #SaySomethingSpecial but this time we can really make a difference to our most vulnerable community members and showing we care for World Calligraphy Day 2020.
“2020 has undoubtedly been a really challenging year, but with older generations less likely to use technology to stay connected, it’s important we all play our part in ensuring we combat the impact of loneliness following the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to get on board and help create positive memories for those who have been shielding from family and friends during lockdown.”
How to Get Involved
To get involved, Manuscript is encouraging individuals to send a letter or card with a special message inside to: Say Something Special, Manuscript Pen Company Ltd, Main Road, Highley, Nr. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6NN, which will be passed on to care home residents.
To spread further positivity, individuals are also encouraged to take photos of their handwritten messages and to share these on social media using the hashtag #SaySomethingSpecial and #WorldCalligraphyDay, tagging Manuscript Pen Company and nominating three others to pass on the goodwill to those who may need cheering up in these uncertain times.
Mr Stockbridge added: “By sending these letters to our offices to be passed on but also be sharing online and tagging others, we hope to create a positive chain mail which inspires as many people to get involved as possible so we can make a real positive impact for those feeling the effects of loneliness.”
For further information on World Calligraphy Day, contact Manuscript Pen Company on (01746) 861 236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.