Update from the EBA Committee regarding the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Published 18th March 2020
Hello to you all. Please read the following update from the EBA Committee regarding the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
During this very difficult time we are all facing, we wanted to make contact with all our supporters, fundraisers, families past and present, and staff working in the hospital neonatal units. These are unprecedented and concerning times for everyone, and as the situation with the Coronavirus evolves, we wanted to let you all know what we as a charity are doing.
The health and safety of our team of volunteer committee members and their families (some of whom also fall into vulnerable groups themselves) are our priority, as well as ensuring we ourselves do not pose any additional risks to the families and staff we are supporting on the units. Therefore we have made the difficult but necessary decision to now only support the neonatal units from afar. This means we have ceased all face-to-face meetings with parents and families such as at our Coffee Mornings, and our visits to the units to stock up supplies. This is also in line with guidance recently issued by the BSUH Trust with changes to the visiting policy for the units since the Coronavirus outbreak. We have been liaising closely with key staff on the units and introduced these measures at a time that was deemed appropriate by the unit staff and Trust guidelines. However, please rest assured we are working on ways to still ensure that we can get supplies of much needed refreshments, comfort items and equipment to the units by other means. We are all working remotely at home and looking at ways of providing telephone and internet support for families and staff.
We have also had to cancel or postpone our fundraising events (the NICU Tribe Retreat Day in April and Ball in June). This is due to social distancing guidelines and increased workload for our partner charity for these events (Ronald McDonald House Brighton), and increased time constraints on us with children home from school etc. Our supporters who also had fundraising events of their own planned for us have also had to sadly cancel or postpone their events. We will of course update you via social media, our website and our mailing list when things change and we can start to plan fundraising events again and get back to offering our normal level of direct support to the units.
We remain in frequent contact and liaison with the staff at both neonatal units and will be very responsive as always to any requests they make for additional funding for items throughout this crisis. Requests for essential equipment and anything that may assist them in managing any additional workload due to the current situation will of course be prioritised by our committee and trustees. As our vital fundraising events have had to be cancelled or postponed at this time, any donations we receive are more important than ever in allowing us to continue the work we do. Your donation will be invaluable to helping us continue.
Finally, we wanted to finish by saying a big thank you to all of you who support us. Our thoughts and love are with all of the staff, families and babies on the units at this time in particular. We have every faith that the amazing staff teams that we are so lucky to have at TMBU and PRH will continue to offer the best care they can for you all, and The EBA is right behind them to support in any way we can, as always.
From all of us at The Early Birth Association.
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