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“The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown has had a devastating impact across the charity sector, hampering the ability of many charities, like us, to fundraise at a local level. We’ve seen a significant reduction in our voluntary income because of all of the events and activities that we’ve had to cancel. We’ve furloughed a number of staff to help support the organisation’s finances and prioritised support for stroke survivors during this difficult time.

“However, we’ve had to do more with less and, as the furlough scheme comes to an end; our community fundraising activity is unlikely to be able to return to previous levels for some time yet. We’ve therefore had to make some difficult decisions that will result in some unavoidable job losses. We’re keeping our staff updated on the significant income challenges that we’re facing and the hard decisions that will inevitably follow. These are unusual and unsettling times for everyone and we’d like to thank our staff for their continued professionalism throughout this period. We will support our staff through the consultation process and as we go through these difficult changes. It is important that the decisions we have to make now will be the right ones, to re-focus our fundraising efforts and ensure that we can continue to support stroke survivors now and long into the future.”

If you would like to help us continue our support for stroke survivors and their families during this challenging time, then now is the time to take action. There are many ways in which you can show your support, such as making a donation, undertaking one of our social-distancing friendly virtual fundraising events or by joining our campaigning network to keep stroke on the agenda. Any support received will add up and help us continue to rebuild lives after stroke.

Thank you