As you will have seen and heard in the media, the charity sector has taken a massive hit due to the impact of the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic. Our Captains' Charity for this year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is no exception and we have received this update from them:
“Make-a-Wish has had to furlough over 50% of the organisation due to COVID-19 and, like most sectors, charities have taken a heavy loss in terms of support and fundraising events. All wishes have had to either be postponed or cancelled due to the impact of the virus, its risk to the children and the travel bans. Therefore, Theo’s wish has also been cancelled and we cannot guarantee when he will have his wish, or if it is possible to be the same type. Whilst this has been disappointing for our wish families, they fully understand the situation.
We currently have over 2,000 children across the country waiting for a wish and now, more than ever, we are relying on any donations or fundraising raised to date to be transferred to Make-A-Wish. Once this is all over our aim is to get back to granting community wishes first, wishes that don’t include any travel restrictions, etc. With so many children waiting, I know that any fundraising money raised to date from the Rochester and Cobham members will make a great deal of difference.”
Captain Mark Riddick commented: "This is heart breaking and so frustrating for everyone. You, the members, provided the funding for two wishes – for Amy and Alicia – before the pandemic shut everything down. This was done in record time. In total, over £11K was donated by the end of February. Poor Theo was going to be our third wish child and we were almost there with the funding for his wish."
"Looking forward" he continued: "we are currently assuming that the clubhouse will remain closed for some time, with social distancing still in place for the foreseeable future, and many members reluctant to socially interact at all when it does re-open. Combined with the economic effect of this pandemic on individual's pockets, the prospects for our charitable funding efforts during the remainder of our year (until end October) appear severely compromised. Together with the Ladies’ Captain, I will review how we go forward as a club with this charity and report back to you."