These are uncertain times for all of us, with the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation changing so rapidly. Our thoughts are very much with you and your families, and I just wanted to keep you updated with all that we are doing at Julia’s House to help our families who live with this kind of isolation, loneliness and anxiety every day – it has just got a lot worse.
Through the current difficult and unsettling times, we are continuing to care for the children in their homes, to give them the support they so desperately need. A need that is even greater, when operations have been postponed and their lives have suddenly become much more isolated. We are here for them.
We are also here to help support the NHS, not only by continuing our care but also by looking at what NHS services we can take on to relieve the huge pressure on our local health services.
With our shops closed and our fundraising events postponed or cancelled, we estimate that the impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus on our income is a loss of around £1.2 million every three months. This is a devastating loss for us. We also have to expect that any recovery in the economy, and therefore in charitable giving, will be gradual rather than swift. We are working hard to secure the income we need going forward and appreciate and value everyone’s continued support during this unprecedented and challenging time.
Like many businesses and organisations, we have had to take some tough decisions and currently 1/3 of our staff are furloughed. We are supporting them, as well as our volunteers, to ensure they still feel connected to the Julia’s House family.
Everyone who touches Julia’s House has a very special combination of resourcefulness, commitment and compassion, which we are seeing demonstrated in so many ways every day at present. We know times are worrying and challenging for us all, but for some families the situation is really acute.
Please help us to continue to be there when these families have no-one else to turn to - we understand the time might not be right at the moment but when it is, we’d so appreciate your support.