We would like to reassure all our members, their families and carers that everyone at the Centre is doing their utmost to keep each of us safe and healthy throughout the coming months.
It is with that in mind we have decided, after the statement issued by the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March 2020, that we must close the Centre.
Please know that this was not an easy decision but for the safety of our members, volunteers and staff it is the only decision would could take.
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and we have nominated a dedicated team, comprising of Doro Pasantes, Centre Manager, Paul Spaven, Chair of Trustees and Steve Cocks, Trustee, who will be monitoring developments so that we can respond appropriately to any changes in the advice and guidelines provided by the Department of Health.
To keep yourself informed of the facts about COVID-19 and the government response the following websites are regarded as reputable and trusted sources of information.
Please be wary of any posts on social media that have no discernible or reliable source.
nhs.uk - provides an overview of COVID-19, the symptoms, treatments and stay at home advice for anyone self isolating.
gov.uk - details of the government response to COVID-19, guidance for individuals and groups
mssociety.org.uk - pages of advice specific to Multiple Sclerosis and how COVID-19 may interact with some medications and DMT's. These pages are continuously updated.
bbc.co.uk - live updates, question and answer section and a fact or fiction section debunking some of the daft things that float round the internet.
To make sure you stay connected and part of the Brightwell community our facebook page has launched Brightwell Chat a private group where we can keep the banter alive and generally have a natter, pop along and join us.
There's another group on our facebook page, Brightwell SOS. We hope this will be a place where members who are need of something; whether that be support, picking up of prescriptions or shopping, could put a shout out to fellow members, and us, to see if anyone is available to help. We may have to be apart but that doesn't mean we can't work together.
To help us continue to meet the needs of our members throughout this outbreak we have launched a JustGiving page to help us plug the funding gap caused by the cancellation of so many events and fundraising activities.
If you, or anyone you know, would be able to contribute we would be very grateful.
Thank you, look after yourselves and if we can help give us a shout.