Dr Tom Nutt, our CEO charity said:
“This is a positive move that will enable us to protect jobs as we transition through is a difficult and challenging period for the charity. Since taking the decision to furlough nearly 75% of our staff in March, we have been working hard to plan for a future for the charity that continues to provide essential support and help for those who have experienced meningitis.
“Our decision to keep staff on furlough recognises the fact that many of the normal, face-to-face activities that Meningitis Now undertakes simply cannot happen under lockdown. Sadly, this includes our much-loved Family Days, our support for people in their own homes, and our wonderful programme of fundraising events.
“Thankfully we are still able to offer valuable support to people affected by meningitis via our nurse-led Helpline, through our online forums, and over telephone and video call.
“This extension to furlough also helps us financially. Since the coronavirus hit the UK, Meningitis Now has, like most other charities, seen a marked downturn in its fundraising income and despite the wonderful support we continue to receive from many people, the charity has little choice but to adapt to the current situation of significantly reduced income.
“Whilst the chancellor’s announcement means that some staff may remain on furlough until October, the charity would expect some staff to return to work before this date.
“In the meantime, the charity continues to provide front-line service for those who have experienced meningitis and to remind people that the NHS is open and that people suspecting the disease should seek medical help immediately, and that parents should make sure that their babies are vaccinated.”