Keeping Posted: Free Postage to Nursing Homes and Care Facilities

A free postal service to nursing and care homes is aiming to keep people connected while we continue to stay apart.

The new initiative by An Post guarantees free delivery of all cards and letter mail posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in the State.

This service can be availed of by simply writing “FREEPOST” where the stamp would usually be affixed to the envelope.

The new scheme allows for letters, cards, large envelopes, and packets weighing up to 2kg to be posted free of charge.

 “It’s so important that our communities are supported through these unprecedented times and that while we continue to remain apart, we all stay connected and don’t feel isolated,” explained Debbie Byrne, MD of An Post Retail.

“It’s never been easier to send a little note or card to those who need a little cheer at this time.”

Customers will need to include a sending and a return address on any items they wish to post, and can post their items through either the post office network or via a local postbox.

This news comes following the implementation of new Covid-19 regulations across the country, including the suspension of visits to nursing homes and care facilities.

Announcing details of the initiative An Post stressed that “Physical distancing and safety protocols will be maintained at all times by An Post delivery staff and in Post Offices.”

“Community is about reaching out with compassion, staying connected and sending love to each other. That’s why at An Post, you can now send love to communities living in care homes across Ireland with free postage,” the statement continued.

The service launched on Monday October 19th and will continue throughout the winter.

Further details about the initiative, along with the full statement, can be found here.

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