9 April 2020 – Coronavirus/Covid 19
***NAFAS – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT (Updated 9th April 2020)***
Over the last few weeks, since our last statement, there has been much change to the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Government, the World Health Organisation and the UK NHS.
The health and safety of our members, staff and visitors is our priority.
We, as your National Association’s President, National Officers, CEO, Directors and staff have continued to work on your behalf to provide support for the whole membership. There are two ways that we have enabled our continued support and communication:
1) Our Head Office staff are working from home following the Government Guidelines, so you are still able to communicate with Head Office in the normal way by phone and email.
2) We, your Board of Directors are now holding weekly Virtual Board meetings, every Friday at 11am thereby increasing the frequency of these meetings, so that we can lead the way forwards and respond to the ever- changing circumstances.
After each Board meeting, we are releasing the Minutes from the previous week to the Area Chairmen, to aid swift communication of decisions, guidance and help.
In addition to those meetings, through technology, interim discussions and decision making is taking place. We are constantly investigating how we can aid communication to and from your clubs and Areas to NAFAS, and indeed between your Areas, encouraging peer support. We acknowledge that the website is not functioning at an appropriate level, so we have prioritised the design and build of a new website, about which we will keep you informed.
Recently we have postponed or cancelled NAFAS events for the foreseeable future. This decision has not been taken lightly, but bearing in mind that, even if we were to come out of this period of lockdown, many will initially, quite rightly, be very reticent at coming together in large numbers. We are also not clear of timescales and whether there might be a second wave of infections leading to another lockdown. As you will appreciate, it’s difficult to offer advice about future meetings while the Government lockdown remains in place. Once this has been lifted, we will be able to start making plans again and rescheduling our meetings.”
These are unprecedented times which affect everyone. I hope our return to normal won’t be too far away but in the meantime your understanding and assistance is greatly appreciated.
Diamond Anniversary Celebratory Dinner
Bedford Floral Art Society
Charity for 2019
Last year our charity fundraising was in memory of Ann Gray.
At the AGM on 4th February 2020, we were delighted to hand over a cheque for £ £1096 to Mr Gordon Beeden from Bedford Hospital Charity (Primrose Car Scheme). The Primrose Cars make over 1000 patient journeys each year transporting patients from the Bedford area to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for their radiotherapy treatment. We were pleased that Ann’s son, Peter, was able to join us for the presentation.
Charity for 2020 -2021 – Our charity this year will be
2018 – we raised £475 during 2018 for Magpas Air Ambulance.