Coronavirus can’t stop us – what we’ve been up to over the last few months

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30th June 2020
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Over the last few months we at Revitalise have had to adapt and totally change how we run as a charity. It was certainly scary at first, but change doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, and we’re so proud that we’ve been able to step up to the challenge. We’ve moved our fundraising events online, taken head office to our various kitchens and partnered with the NHS to offer our centres up to those most in need at this time. It’s been quite the three months!

Now, as we look towards the future beyond Covid-19 and start to return to normality, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on all that we’ve achieved during the lockdown…

Virtual Events
When the London Marathon was postponed and many of our other events were cancelled altogether, we didn’t sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, we simply went virtual! From fun Revita5 social media nominations, to challenging half marathons in gardens, our staff and volunteers have embraced the concept of fundraising through virtual events and shown their commitment to the Revitalise cause now more than ever. We’re still running a multitude of virtual challenges, so get involved and join #TeamRevitalise now!

NHS Partnership
Given the lockdown meant we had to close our centres for guest holidays, we reached out to the NHS and set up a partnership to help them in their time of need. Both Netley Waterside House in Hampshire and Jubilee Lodge in Essex were able to provide beds for NHS patients who did not have Covid-19, but still needed expert medical care and facilities. Our centres’ unique set up meant that this transition from holiday centre to temporary care home was quickly and successfully managed, and we’re so proud of our centre teams for that.

Urgent Care
Our Sandpipers centre in Southport has remained open throughout the coronavirus pandemic, offering disabled people whose access to care has been affected a vital lifeline. With full social distancing and isolation measures in place, guests have been able to come to Sandpipers and receive not just care, but also invaluable social support and interaction. We couldn’t have done this without the support of The Garfield Weston Foundation, who kindly helped fund many of our guests’ stays. One of our guests, Lucy Wynne, put it best when she spoke to ITV Meridian about how important the urgent care offered by Revitalise Sandpipers has been to her during the pandemic. Watch her interview here.

Carers & Volunteers
With both Carers Week and National Volunteers Week falling during the pandemic, we wanted to make sure our beloved volunteers and all the incredible carers still got the recognition they deserve. We made as much noise as possible on social media and shared some of the stories from those who have either volunteered with us or experienced first-hand how important a Revitalise holiday is for both disabled people and their carers. To hear more from our volunteers, read some of their stories here and to hear more about the work we do to support carers, read here.

Emergency Covid-19 Appeal
In a time when all charities have suffered huge losses, our supporters have shown their love to Revitalise in floods. We cannot thank all of you enough for your generous donations to our Emergency Covid-19 Appeal, which has been one of our most successful fundraising campaigns of all time. Thanks to these donations we have been able to survive the storm, continue our vital care work during the pandemic and can now look forward to beginning to offer holidays again soon. With your continued support, we can’t wait to come back bigger and better than ever!

If you would like to make a donation to our urgent appeal, you can do so here.

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