The rapidly unfolding COVID-19 restrictions meant that the charity had to quickly adapt to the social distancing and lockdown measures to continue to provide services during these difficult times. The priorities of the Association quickly shifted to ensure they can provide uninterrupted services to their beneficiaries despite the restrictions.
Thanks to a grant from the Merchant Navy Fund, vulnerable beneficiaries received a counselling telephone call to ensure they can cope with the current situation, and an online care community forum was also set up. There was still plenty of time for entertainment via an online
variety show called ‘The Best Seat in the House’. The show featured musicians such as Sir Cliff Richard, Brian May and Jools Holland.
The counselling telephone calls received very positive feedback from the charity’s beneficiaries, like Tracey and Martyn from Cheltenham:
‘Thank you for the lovely surprise telephone call and for the details for ‘The Best Seat in the House’ show. We really appreciate your caring contact, thankfully all is well with us here.’ – Tracey and Martyn